Pre-College TSRE Labs
Tufts Summer Research Experience
Available Labs - Summer 2023
Last Updated: 11.22.2022
The Tufts Summer Research Experience offered through Tufts Pre-College Programs and University College will hosts placements for residential, commuter, and virtual opportunities for Summer 2023! Placements in labs are open for highly-qualified high school juniors and seniors (ages 16+) to learn from distinguished scholars, scientists, and clinicians in a wide array of disciplines across the university.
Current lab placements include faculty in the department of Child Study and Human Development in the School of Arts and Sciences, the department of Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, and the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging.
- Additional lab openings will be listed as they become available, and labs will be marked as ‘filled’ as soon as possible when slots are no longer available.
- Students must be juniors/seniors and 16 years or older at the time of the program to apply.
- Admission to this program is competitive and rolling!
- During the admissions process, you will be permitted to select up to three lab preferences
- After you are accepted, we will process your lab selections on a first-come, first-served basis
- If your three lab preferences are no longer available when you are admitted, we may reach out to you to discuss other options (if they are available)
- You will have a limited amount of time to accept your offer of admission and deposit before your spot is given to another student
Our staff are available for questions and advice in selecting lab preferences. Please contact us at email@example.com.
Discovery Pathology for Infectious Research Lab
Infectious Diseases and Global Health, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
**PLEASE NOTE: The Martinot Lab is offering commuter research placement options ONLY for Summer 2023. There will be NO residential or virtual element for this placement.**
The Martinot Lab works on mycobacterial genetics and virulence factors. We are interested in tuberculosis host-pathogen interaction and the development of novel whole cell tuberculosis vaccines, using murine and non-human primate models of human disease. We also focus on comparative pathology (HIV/SIV, Zikavirus, TB, COVID-19). Students will be integrated in the current research projects of the lab, which will involve image analysis of digital histology and immunohistochemistry slides using Aperioscope (open source) software for image analysis and HALO (remote access) to analyze tissue specimens obtained from experimental animal models of tuberculosis infection or COVID-19.
Applicants interested in conducting research with the Martinot Lab will need a computer to access provided software. Applicants will also be required to complete an Annual Lab Safety Training.
Mozaffarian Research Lab
Biomedical and Nutrition Sciences, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
**PLEASE NOTE: The Mozaffarian Research Lab is offering commuter and virtual research placement options for Spring 2023, and residential, commuter, and virtual research placement options for Summer 2023.**
Dean Dariush Mozaffarian's research focuses on dietary priorities for obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases, and on evidence-based policy approaches to reduce these burdens in the US and globally. Projects continue exploring key dietary and metabolic fatty acids, other nutrients, foods and dietary patterns and incident cardiometabolic diseases, mortality, and healthy aging. There are data checking and analyses needed for both the Global Dietary Database and Food-Price projects that students can contribute to. Mentorship will be provided through the weekly Mozaffarian Research Lab meetings that take place, the project specific meetings that are held, as well as regular 1:1s, all of which take place via videoconference or in-person. Specific intern projects are available here. Please note which project you would like to work on in your personal statement for the application.
Applicants interested in conducting research with the Mozaffarian Lab will need to be fluent in English. Applicants will also be provided with access to STATA and Zoom for the duration of the program, along with appropriate training such as the Annual Lab Safety Training. Applicants will also need a laptop or personal computer with email, Zoom, and Microsoft suite capabilities.
Nutrition Exercise Physiology and Sarcopenia Laboratory
Biomedical and Nutrition Sciences, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging
**PLEASE NOTE: The Nutrition Exercise Physiology and Sarcopenia Laboratory is offering residential and commuter research placement options ONLY for Summer 2023. There will be NO virtual element for this placement.**
The Nutrition Exercise Physiology and Sarcopenia Laboratory conducts studies to understand the age-related changes in skeletal muscle structure and function. The lab seeks to understand the role that nutrition and exercise play in this process. Lab activities will include pipetting, aliquoting, gel electrophoresis, assisting with RT PCR, and more.
Applicants to this lab would benefit from previous experience in a wet lab, along with experience in Excel, Word, and Powerpoint. Applicants will also be required to complete an Annual Lab Safety Training, as well as the BSL 2 Training (including bloodborne pathogens).
Development of Identity and Community Engagement Lab
Child Study and Human Development, School of Arts & Sciences
**PLEASE NOTE: The Development of Identity and Community Engagement Lab is offering residential and commuter research placement options ONLY for Summer 2023. There will be NO virtual element for this placement.**
Prof. Johnson’s lab conducts research on how adolescents and young adults make decisions about whether and how to be civically engaged, and whether and how they aim to promote social justice in their civic actions. The lab also investigates how these decisions are related to young people's identity development (for example, gender or racial identity development). Lab activities will include planning research studies (such as developing survey or interview questions, reading research articles about previous studies and writing short summaries of them), data collection (such as joining team trips to conduct interviews or helping to send out emails to recruit participants), data analysis (such as reading interview transcripts and writing initial thoughts about topics and themes), and assisting in the preparation of writing scientific reports and academic journal articles (such as reading articles about prior studies and writing short summaries, preparing written descriptions of study results).
Applicants to this lab would benefit from previous psychology or other social sciences knowledge/coursework. Applicants will also be required to complete an Annual Lab Safety Training, as well as the IRB protocols for research involving human subjects and CITI training.