KURE 2019


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The KURE (Kidney Undergraduate Research Experience) program is an NIH funded Summer Research Program giving you the opportunity to learn about advances in kidney research and be mentored in your own research project in a lab by the University of Alabama at Birmingham's renowned kidney community of investigators. This 8-week program allows you an in-depth experience in the field of biomedical research.


Cystic Kidney Disease

Cystic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a devastating group of genetic disorders affecting both children and adults that leads to the development of fluid-filled cysts in the kidney and other organs, thereby causing major health problems including hypertension, developmental disorders, and organ failure. UAB is at the forefront of research efforts to understand the genetic and cellular underpinnings of CKD, and the clinical and therapeutic implications. Interns will be part of research teams using bioinformatics, genetically engineered animal models, novel molecules/bioreporters, state-of-the-art microscopy and imaging techniques, and functional assays to unravel the role of a critical cellular appendage, the primary cilium,  that is at the foundation of CKD, and its associated proteins and signaling pathways with a goal of facilitating preclinical screening of candidate therapeutic drugs using animal models and human patient biomaterial.

June 7, 2021 - August 5, 2021

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2021 Applicant Deadline: Feburary 15, 2021


Students will be paired with a faculty mentor and work in a team environment of PhD students, post-docs, fellows, and other researchers to work on a project that is supported by on-going NIH or related grants. All projects are related to advances in kidney research. Methodological approaches include a full range of molecular, biochemical, and cell biology approaches, in vitro tissue perfusion and function techniques, as well as chronic animal models that assess renal and vascular function. 

  • Close mentorship on summer research project
  • Networking opportunities with near peers and professionals
  • Advanced education in Kidney Biology
  • Transplant observation
  • Clinical visits to the dialysis clinic and intensive care units
  • Oral presentation of your research at KURE Symposium
  • Poster presentations at UAB Research Expo as well as NIH Conference at UT Southwestern, Dallas, TX in July

Additional Benefits

  • $3000 stipend
  • Housing (Shared apartment style dorms with kitchen)
  • Parking
  • Social activities

Competitve Applicants

  • Minimum GPA of 3.2
  • At least 60 credit hours completed by the end of the spring semester
  • Preference given to students who have completed advanced biology courses with direct biomedical focus
  • Preference given to those interested in nephrology-related biomedical research


In addition to the online application - you will need the following:

    • Statement of academic interest and career goals as well as describe your interest in kidney research and/or nephrology
    • Current resume in PDF format
    • Contact information for two faculty writing letters of recommendation
    • Academic transcript including your fall 2020 grades. This can be sent in separately any time prior to the deadline.
SUMMER 2021 Application 

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Contact KURE program administrator Rena Becker or program director Dr. Jennifer Pollock

Funding: R25 DK 115353 - in partnership with: NIH U54 DK126087 UAB Childhood Cystic Kidney Disease Core Center (UAB-CCKDCC)