Summer Research Internship for Medical Students (SRIMS)

medical studentsThe Summer Research Internship for Medical Students (SRIMS) is an opportunity for medical students to experience the latest in basic and translational research. Incoming second year medical students from the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell participate in cutting edge research at CSHL under the mentorship of exceptional scientists.

The Program is led by Director Priya Sridevi, Ph.D. (psridevi@cshl.edu), and Administrative Coordinator Joanie O’Connor (joconnor@cshl.edu).

SRIMS students participate in a summer research project, mentored by one of CSHL’s outstanding research faculty. Students are able to take advantage of the Lab’s state-of-the-art research facilities, including extensive resources for genomics, gene editing, and microscopy.

In addition to cutting edge research, SRIMS participants are offered a series of specially designed workshops, seminars and events, including:

  • Hands-on programming workshops, which train students to use Python for data analysis and modeling. Two concurrent workshops are targeted toward novice and experienced programmers.
  • Lecture series with sessions focused on important topics in bioinformatics and computational neuroscience.
  • Training in Scientific Communication, including lectures on how to write an effective abstract and how to give a scientific talk.
  • Welcome lunch with CSHL President and CEO, Bruce Stillman.
  • Bi-weekly discussions with the SRIMS Program Director Priya Sridevi, Ph.D. Topics include research work in progress, journal clubs, and more.

The application process is organized by the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. First year students are encouraged to apply during the winter months. CSHL is not only a research facility, but also a summer program—in conjunction with the medical school—with a variety of activities.

The application process for the 2024 Summer Research Program is now closed.

Please contact the Office of Student Affairs at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell at medicine.students@hofstra.edu for more information about the application process.

Questions about the CSHL SRIMS program can be directed to Joanie O’Connor at joconnor@cshl.edu

Nandan Vithlani

photo of Nandan Vithlani

I am a first-year medical student at the Zucker School of Medicine interested in surgical oncology. I am originally from Maryland, where I went to college at UMD and worked in investment banking for two years before making a career change to medicine. During my post-bac program at Columbia, I had my first research experience where I worked on a project seeking to develop a screening platform for small molecule inhibitors of SARS-CoV-2 nsp14. This experience helped me decide that I wanted to make research a large part of my future career as a physician. Being interested in surgical oncology, I hope to complement my future practice with research focused on developing novel tests and therapeutics for cancer detection and treatment. This goal is what drew me to the Tuveson Lab at Cold Spring Harbor – the lab’s unique “bench-to-bedside” approach, which utilizes organoids not only to probe cancer biology but also as a model for understanding therapeutic response and sensitivity in real patients, actively seeks to translate research findings into clinical applications. I also appreciate the lab’s focus on pancreatic cancer, currently a highly lethal malignancy which poses unique challenges in treatment. I look forward to learning from and working with the team during my time in the internship program. In my free time, I enjoy exercising, reading, cooking, exploring new restaurants, and watching sports!


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