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Department: MEPED-Pediatrics
Course: 516C-Neonatology Laboratory Research Experience

Course Director: Bhagavatula Moorthy, Ph.D.
Course Faculty: Xanthi I. Couroucli, M.D.,Krithika Lingappan, M.B.B.S.
Elective Location: OTHR,TCH
Elective Offered Terms:
Months: 1A,1B,1C,2A,2B,2C,3A,3B,3C,4A,4B,4C
Min. Number of Students:Max: 2
Elective Type: Non-Clinical - Research
Credit: 8
Pre-requisites: Some research at the undergraduate level
Visiting Student Elective: Yes
Open to International Students: Yes
Grading: H,HP, P, MP, F Narrative Evaluation
Faculty Approval: Yes

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): 3 days/wk; 4 hrs/day Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: No Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: No Surgery:
Statement of Goals:
This laboratory experience is designed to allow the student the opportunity to actively participate in an ongoing laboratory investigation at one of the neonatology laboratories located in the Feigin Center (5th Floor). The student will have the opportunity to participate and learn bench research that is related to neonatal diseases such as bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). One of the major goals of the research in the Neonatology section is to investigate the molecular mechanisms of lung injury caused by hyperoxia.
Learning Activities
The student will have the opportunity to learn numerous techniques such as cell culture, animal experimentation, PCR, polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, Western blotting, Real time RT-PCR, sub-cloning, isolation of plasmids, transfections, Northern blotting, enzyme assays, electrophoretic mobility shift assays, afarose gel electrophoresis, lung histology, immunohistochemistry, etc. The student will be encourage to attend the Physiology conferences on Wednesday and Reserach conferences on Thursday during the elective period. Upon significant contribution, the student will be offered co-authorship on a manuscript for publication and/or presentation at a national or local meeting.
Evaluation Methods
The student will work under the supervision of one of the faculty members. The faculty will offer simple projects that can be completed in a short time (4-6 weeks). The student will be evaluated on the basis of their laboratory performance and work ethic. The students will be encouraged to ask questions and will receive periodic feedback. The stdent will be required to write a short report and/or make a presentation at the Neonatology research conference.
When and Where to report on first day of service:
10:00 a.m., Feigin Center, 5th Floor, Room 530.01
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Emily Pedraza
Contact Phone: 832-824-3200
Contact Fax:
Contact Location: 1102 Bates Ave., FC530.01, Houston, Tx

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