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  • Applicants


    The Gap Year Internships are designed for scholars who anticipate graduating or who have graduated with a Bachelor or Master degree and with the motivation to enroll in graduate and/or professional degree programs within the next 12-18 months.

    The Research Internship requires 40 hours/week in the laboratory with compensation of $16/hr. A highly motivated and engaging Research Intern is sought, ideally with prior experience in animal physiology, molecular biology, and biochemistry. The laboratories use state-of-the-art ex vivo vascular function studies, molecular and cellular biology assays, and rat and mouse models to address clinically relevant questions in kidney, urology, and benign hematology fields.

    The successful research intern will work in a collaborative environment with principal investigators, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and research associates. The research intern will work closely with a member of this dynamic research group.  Duties may include molecular and cellular assays, rodent husbandry, in vivo rodent physiological measurements such as blood pressure, vascular function assays, genotyping, Western blotting assays, and histological assays.

    The position requires:

    • BS, BA, or MS degree in biology, chemistry, or science
    • Excellent writing and communications skills, and attention to detail
    • 40 hours/week (irregular status)

    Applications (CV and Cover Letter) and questions can be directed to: Rena Becker.
    Please provide earliest available start date

  • Faculty


    Faculty at all stages in Kidney, Urology, and non-Malignant Hematology research areas interested in hiring a GAp year INtern are supported in the following ways:

    • Provide access to applicant database
    • Create social media posts
    • PDF Flyer
    • Email position flyer to career centers and faculty affiliates at regional and otherwise affiliated universities
    • Reach out to prior KURE and other pipeline participants regarding the position
    • Post position to campus job boards

    Any of the above can be tailored and targeted in what meets the needs of your lab, and all information and materials will be approved by you before they go out.

    Please email Rena Becker to discuss details of request

  • GAIN Early Stage Investigator Award

    GAIN Early Stage Investigator Award

    The KUH GAp year INternship (GAIN) program for early stage investigators is designed to provide development of mentoring and training skills for the KUH early stage faculty member as well as providing funds to offset the salary of a gap year intern that will be working with the early stage investigator.

    ELIGIBILITY: Early Stage Faculty in Kidney, Urology, or non-malignant Hematology (Instructor or assistant Professor level) are eligible to apply.

    GAIN Awards support 25%-50% of the gap year intern wages

    The application period for 2021 has ended. Please check back in May for additional details.

    Questions? please email Rena Becker

Gap Year Openings

  • Dr. Tanecia Mitchell Lab
    Dr. Tanecia Mitchell Lab

    We aim to understand the role of diet on immune cells during kidney stone disease. We use experimental models and dietary feeding studies in humans to identify immune related mechanisms contributing to kidney stone formation. The GAP year scholar will 1) gain hands on experience with basic science research and clinical trials, and 2) have the opportunity to grow professionally prior to pursuing their next career goals.
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    Position Requirements

    • Start date: as soon as possible - Full-Time (40 hrs/week)
    • Research Experience is preferrred
    • Experience in mouse husbandry is appreciated but not required
    • Must be okay with working with mice and human samples

    Application Requirements

  • Dr. Bryan Becker Lab
    Dr. Bryan Becker Lab

    The Becker lab researches how the autonomic nervous system integrates with the kidneys and cardiovascular systems to control blood pressure in health and disease. We use rat models to manipulate and measure nerve activity and evaluate changes in blood pressure and organ function. The GAP year scholar will be responsible for maintaining a rat colony, assisting with assays, and other duties as needed. There will be many opportunities for professional and technical experience and growth.
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    Position Requirements

    • Start date: as soon as possible - Full-Time (40 hrs/week)
    • Research Experience is preferrred
    • Experience in rat husbandry is appreciated but not required

    Application Requirements

  • Dr. Subhashini Bolisetty Lab (Position Filled)
    Dr. Subhashini Bolisetty Lab

    Our research program is dedicated to elucidating the cross talk signaling between iron metabolism and inflammation during bone and kidney disease. Specifically, we study mechanisms using transgenic mice with targeted manipulation of an iron-storage protein, ferritin.Lab Posting
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    Position Requirements

    • Start date: as soon as possible - Full Time
    • Research Experience is required
    • Interest in a research career is required
    • Experience in mouse husbandry is appreciated but not required

    Application Requirements

  • Dr. Carmen De Miguel Lab (Position Filled)
    Dr. Carmen De Miguel Lab (Position-Filled)

    Our lab is focused on understanding how immune cells and inflammatory mediators impact renal function and end-organ damage during hypertension and diabetes.
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    Position Requirements

    • Start date: March 1, 2022 - Full-Time (40 hrs/week)
    • BS, BA or MS in Biology, Chemistry or Science and excellent writing and communication skills.

    Application Requirements

    • CV
    • Statement of long-term career goals
    • Email application to Dr. Carmen De Miguel application materials