Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical CareMentor Name: Homer L. Twigg III, M.D.
- Internship Location:
- Dress Code:
- This is a basic science lab; must have long pants or long skirt and shoes.
- Majors Preferred:
Biology, Health Sciences
- Hours per week:
- We do our research bronchoscopies on Wednesdays. This is our busy day because it involves cell isolation and storage. Many of the subsequent experiments can be done at your leisure, but Wednesdays are always busy.
- We study lung immunology and inflammation and assess how microbes affect this by using both human and mouse studies. We examine the bacteria you are colonized with (your microbiome) and the viruses you are colonized with (your virome) and assess how they alter your lung and blood immunity. These organisms can cause chronic inflammation, which is at the root of many human diseases, including asthma, COPD, and lung cancer.
- Internship Duties:
- Cell separation, cell culture, measurement of cytokines and chemokines (inflammatory mediators), and assisting with lung bronchoscopy.
- This is a basic science lab with human materials, so students in the lab are required to have HIPAA training and training in working with biological materials. If you want to do mouse studies, you will need training in this as well. These are online training courses that can be accomplished in less than a day.