Summer Internship

We have a distinct curriculum for all summer students (high school students, college students, medical school and engineering students). Every student is given a succinct project and assigned a mentor for the summer. The first week, all students will learn to navigate PubMed searches, EndNote and will receive a basic understanding of transplantation. During their second week,  students will start focusing on the topic of their research project through reading and face-to-face teaching with their mentor.

Students are also provided with the opportunity to shadow transplant clinicians in clinic and in the operating room and observe multidisciplinary morning rounds as part of the summer program. In addition to the weekly NUTORC lab meeting and resident lectures, the program includes over 20 additional faculty lectures covering basics in transplantation, health services outcomes topics, as well as bioengineering and immunology. The summer program culminates in the poster session which provides students the opportunity to present their findings and what they learned to CTC members and NM colleagues. Some students also have the opportunity to participate in ongoing research beyond the summer program depending on their interest and their mentor’s needs.

Mentors are assigned based on the personal statement portion of the application. You may request a specific lab or mentor—we will try to accommodate your request.

We encourage the application of students at different levels and from different institutions. We also encourage minority and disabled students to apply. 

The application cycle for the summer 2019 will open in December 2018. Applicants can expect to receive a decision by the end of March 2019.  

As per our program policy, all questions related to the summer program must come through the applicant. 

For general inquires please e-mail Andrew Hawthorne at adhawthorne@northwestern.edu

2018 STUDENTS

NAME EDUCATION MENTOR TOPIC
Mohan Ravi AOSC Ladner Living Donor Liver Transplantation: An Evaluation of Incidental Findings During Donor Workup
Eden Sharabi AOSC Levitsky Assessment of Patient’s Desire to Attempt Immunosuppression Withdrawal in Autoimmune Hepatitis and Post-liver Transplant Patients
Christopher Collier Medical Student Ladner Creating Reading-Level Appropriate Multimedia Educational Tools for Patients with Liver Cirrhosis
Anam Chhatriwala Medical Student Mazumder Analyzing the Effect of Liver Transplantation on Myocardial Strain Using Speckle-Tracking Echocardiography in Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH)
Sallyan Rusnak Medical Student Ison Respiratory Viral Infections in Hospitalized Adults: Comparative Outcomes  on Detected Viruses April 2009-April 2018
Michelle Lam Medical Student Mazumder Analyzing the Effect of Liver Transplantation on Myocardial Strain Using Speckle-Tracking Echocardiography in Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH)
Lauren Gabra Medical Student Simpson Racial Disparities in Access to Liver Transplant Waiting List
Trisha Kaundinya HPME Ladner Pre-Transplant Cirrhosis Exercise Dynamics and Patient-Perceived Preferences: A Systematic Review and Analysis
Megan Tcheng Undergrad Ison Respiratory Viral Infections in Hospitalized Adults: Comparative Outcomes  on Detected Viruses April 2009-April 2018
Erin Kim Undergrad Mazumder Analyzing the Effect of Liver Transplantation on Myocardial Strain Using Speckle-Tracking Echocardiography in Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH)
Gabriella Seo Undergrad Ison Respiratory Viral Infections in Hospitalized Adults: Comparative Outcomes  on Detected Viruses April 2009-April 2018
Mitch Afifi Undergrad McNutt Frailty as a Predictor of Outcome
Ishaani Khatri Undergrad Ladner Utilization and Analysis of Proactive Safety Debriefings to Assess Patient Safety in Living Donor Liver Transplantation
Madilyn Matsunaga Undergrad Ladner Assessing Patient Safety in Living Donor Liver Transplants Using Proactive Safety Debriefings
Neha Sharma Undergrad Gordon ENGAGE: Expanding Live Donor Kidney Transplantation through Advocacy and Social Media:  A Focus on Recruitment
Christina Im Undergrad Wertheim Gene Expression Patterns of Recellularized Kidney Scaffolds with Stem cell-derived Renal Organoid Cells
Aneesh Maganti High School Liu Identification of Cell Types That Harbor Cytomegalovirus DNA in Acutely and Latently Infected Mice Spleen
Nader Mujtaba High School Daud NUTORC: Assessing a Decade of Achievements
Dario Ciaciura High School VanWagner Implementation Science to Improve Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes Among Liver Transplant Recipients
Christine Hou High School Liu Identification of Cell Types That Harbor Cytomegalovirus DNA in Acutely and Latently Infected Mice Spleen

2017 STUDENTS

2017 Students

NAME EDUCATION MENTOR TOPIC
Bettina Chung AOSC Wertheim Differentiation of Definitive Endoderm from H9 Human Embryonic Stem Cells
Ian Hollyer AOSC Ison Assessment of Methenamine Hippurate for the Prevention of Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections in Adult Renal Transplant Recipients: A Single Center Study
Christopher Mowry AOSC Levitsky Biomarkers for the Diagnosis of Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis in the Liver Transplant Population
Stewart Pine AOSC VanWagner The Relationship Between Body Composition Profiles and Outcomes in Liver Transplantation
Brett Nelson Medical Student Ison Clinical Outcomes Related to Antimicrobial Therapy for Infections due to Multi-Drug Resistant Gram Negative Bacilli in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients
Kim Pardilla Medical Student Wallia/Kling-Colson/Karam Development of an Assessment Tool of Diabetes Knowledge After Education with the ‘DIY-Diabetes Management’ System
Alexander Polyak Medical Student Shetty/Ganger Evaluation of Renal Outcomes for Liver Transplant Patients on Renal Sparing Protocol
Lindsay Adamski Undergrad VanWagner The Relationship Between Body Composition Profiles and Outcomes in Liver Transplantation
Hamza Ashfaq Undergrad Wolf Determinant Factors of Routine Patient Portal Usage in Kidney and Liver Transplant Recipients
Tenzin Babu Undergrad Ison Clinical Outcomes Related to Antimicrobial Therapy for Infections due to Multi-Drug Resistant Gram Negative Bacilli in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients
Karisma Chhabria Undergrad Bhorade Clinical Implications of Lung Microbiota Dynamics in the Transplant Population
Samuel Chiang Grinnell Friedewald Wellness and Health Outcomes of Live Kidney Donors (Whole Donor Study)
Siyuan Du Grinnell Liu Characterization of the Course of MCMV Acute Infection and Latency Establishment in Mouse Spleen
Michelle Guo Undergrad Luo Collagen Scaffolds for Islet Cell Transplantation in Treatment of Type I Diabetes
Christina Im Undergrad Wertheim Improving Adhesion and Retention of Human Pluripotent Stem Cells in Decellularized Rat Kidney Extracellular Matrices
Akash Karmur Undergrad Fryer Medical Student Duty Hours
Aidan Manaligod Undergrad Levitsky Transition from Pediatric to Adult Health Services Amongst Pediatric Liver Transplant Recipients
Ari Spellman Undergrad Ladner Evaluation of Online Educational Resources for Cirrhosis Patients and Caregivers
Francesca Varias Grinnell Ison Assessment of Methenamine Hippurate for the Prevention of Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections in Adult Renal Transplant Recipients: A Single Center Study
Kevin  Chen High School Gordon Linguistic Access to Care: Availability of Spanish Communication Systems in U.S. Hospitals
Mihir  Kumar High School Gordon Linguistic Access to Care: Availability of Spanish Communication Systems in U.S. Hospitals
Mateen  Motavaf High School Wertheim Validating Antibodies for Kidney Organoid Characterization

2016 STUDENTS

NAME EDUCATION MENTOR TOPIC
Avni Bavish AOSC Skaro/ Zhao Age-related Hazard in Liver Transplantation
Daniella Ohnemus AOSC Alonso A Pilot Study of the Feasibility and Variability of the PedsPCF Item Bank as a Screening Tool for Minimal Hepatic Encephalopathy
Elliot Russell AOSC Ison Parainfluenza Virus in Hospitalized Adults: A 7-Year Retrospective Study
Bilal Naved MSTP Wertheim Developing Functional Metrics to Assess Therapeutic Interventions in a Rodent Model for Limb Transplantation
Ahmad Atallah Medical Student Atiemo Characteristics of Donors Turned Down Following Complete Evaluation for Living Donor Liver Transplantation
Devan Higginbotham Medical Student Wallia Donor Characteristics in Liver Transplant Patient Population in a Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating Glycemic Control Post Transplant
David Lyubashevsky Medical Student Shetty Prospective Study of a Steroid Free, low dose Tacrolimus with Everolimus Regimen in Kidney Transplant
Stephanie Arias Graduate Student Ladner/Elrich-Jones Effects of Rehabilitation for Liver Transplant Recipients
Parker Stride Graduate Student Fryer Ischemic Cholangiopathy in DCD Recipients: Creating a Standard Definition and Grading System
Joseph Beggs Undergrad Wertheim Cytochrome P450 Metabolic Activity as an Indicator of Cell Maturation
Jeffry Granados Undergrad Wertheim Protein Characterization in Cellular Repopulation in Healthy and Fibrotic Kidney Extracellular Matrix Scaffolds
Emily Hayes Undergrad Liu Quantification of Murine Cytomegalovirus DNA in Mouse Bone Marrow Cells during the Course of Acute Infection and the Establishment of Latency
Eman Hijab Undergrad Koller Pharmacological Interventions to Prolong Primary Unassisted Patency
Sameeksha Malhotra Undergrad Mixon A Billing Process Improvement for the Comprehensive Transplant Center
Rishabh Mazmudar Undergrad Ladner/Elrich-Jones Investigating the Impact of Post-Operative Rehabilitation on Liver Transplant Outcomes
Sydney Tardrew Undergrad Ison Parainfluenza Virus in Hospitalized Adults:  A 7-Year Retrospective Study
Aditi Bawa High School Daud Community, Caregiver, and Advocay Group-Directed Strategies to Lead Comparative Effectiveness Research for Liver Cirrhosis
Anisa Ciaciura High School Luo A Generation of Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) Growth- Transformed B Cell Lines
Arun Maganti High School VanWagner Cardiovascular Risk Assessment of the Liver Transplant Candidate: An Evaluation of the Evidence and Proposed Management Strategies

2015 STUDENTS

2015 Students

NAME EDUCATION MENTOR TOPIC
Kevin Y Chang AOSC Ladner The Use of Neuro-monitoring to Reduce Compression Neuropraxia in Living Liver Donors
Ruizhi Dong AOSC Levitsky Factors Mediating the Rejection of Kidneys in Patients of Simultaneous Liver-Kidney Transplants
Helen Gomez AOSC Caicedo Hispanic Preferences and Perceptions of the Kidney Transplant Education Received at Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Nicolas Krepostman AOSC Ladner The Use of Neuro-monitoring to Reduce Compression Neuropraxia in Living Liver Donors
Andy Lee AOSC Ladner A Multicenter Study of Factors that Increase Cognitive Load in Living Donor Liver Transplants
Erica Malagon-Blackwell AOSC Caicedo Hispanic Preferences and Perceptions of the Kidney Transplant Education Received at Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Stephen Ngo AOSC Ison The Impact of Pre-Transplant Infections on Post-Liver Transplant Outcomes
Benjamin Rodrigues AOSC Caicedo/Butt Racial Differences in Post-Renal Transplantation Health-Related Quality of Life
Dustin Slagle AOSC Ison Epidemiology and Outcomes of Fever during the First Month after Simultaneous Pancreas-Kidney Transplant
Pascal Accoh Medical Student Baker Analysis of the Outcomes of Liver Transplants at Northwestern Based on Quality of Organs and Priority on Transplant List
Francis Eusebio Medical Student Maganti The Interesting Presentations of Infective Endocarditis in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients
David R. Kasjanski Medical Student Friedewald Comparison of Digital versus Light Microscopy in Renal Allograft Biopsies
Akta Patel Medical Student Bhorade Comparison of the Incidence of Diabetes in Two Immunosuppressive Regimens in Lung Transplant Patients
Henry Schmidt Medical Student Ison Epidemiology and Outcomes of Patients Admitted with Respiratory Syncytial Virus: A Six Year Retrospective Study
Pratyusha Yadavalli Graduate Student Bhorade Renal Failure in Lung Transplant Patients
Alina Ahmad Undergrad Ladner A2ALL-Patient Safety System Improvements in Living Donor Liver Transplantation
Wilson Faeh Undergrad Leventhal/Stare T-Regulatory Adoptive Cell Transfer (TRACT)
Binu Kolenchery Undergrad Luo Post-Transplant Immunotolerance Induced by Nanoparticles
Jacob B. Lissoos Undergrad Wertheim Isolation of Hepatocytes from 3-D ECM Scaffolding
Victoria Liu Undergrad Hazen Using Past MELD Scores as a Predictor for Future Changes
Alexandra Pfenning Undergrad Levitsky/Al-Saden A Chronology of Hepatitis C Treatments
Alexander Siarris Undergrad Baker Analysis of the Outcomes of Liver Transplants at Northwestern Based on Quality of Organs and Priority on Transplant List
Zayd Ahmed High School Daud Causes and Clinical Consequences of Equipment Malfunction in Surgical Procedures
Kevin Chow High School Daud Medical Records in Research, Paper or Electronic?
Anisa Ciaciura High School Salehitezangi Social Media Strategies for Cirrhotic Patient Outreach
Becky Shepard High School Salehitezangi Social Media and NUTORC

2014 STUDENTS

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NAME EDUCATION MENTOR TOPIC
Ania Bilski AOSC Ison Non-U.S. Born Transplant Candidates: Infectious Screening and Evaluation Hurdles
Chris Feng AOSC Ison Vaccine Responses in Combined Hematopoietic Stem Cell-Solid Organ Transplant Recipients
Mia Helfrich AOSC Ison A Retrospective Study to Describe the Epidemiology and Outcomes of Opportunistic Infections Post-Solid Organ Transplantation
Blake Platt AOSC Ladner/Woods Living Donor Liver Transplant Surgery – Donor Adverse Events Codebook
Amanda Rosen AOSC Ison Utility and Outcomes of Expanded Live Solid Organ Donor Screening
Jessica Lee Houk Medical Student Ison Timing and Outcomes of Antiviral and Antibacterial Therapy in Patients Admitted with Influenza: A Five Year Retrospective Study
Vadim Lyuksemburg Medical Student Skaro Project 1: Outcomes of Basilic Vein Transposition for Hemodialysis: A Meta-Analysis. Project 2: Evaluating the Impact of Graft Type on Biliary Complications After Liver Transplantation
Sanaa Abdul Hameed Medical School Graduate Ladner Hospital Patient Safety Culture in Living Donor Liver Transplantation
John Cannizzaro Graduate Student Ladner Patient Safety in Living Donor Liver Transplantation: Equipment Malfunction
John Capua Graduate Student Gordon Cultural Competency in Organ Donation: A Literature Review of Interventions
Katy Skibba Graduate Student Ladner Risk Factors for Mortality in Cirrhotic Patients with a Low MELD Score
Nicholas Welsh Graduate Student Wallia Evaluation of Hypoglycemia in a Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Moderate to Intensive Glycemic Control Post-Liver Transplant
Jennifer Zakko Graduate Student Gordon Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Kidney Transplant Access and Outcomes
Corey Meehan Undergrad Ladner Patient Safety in Living Donor Liver Transplantation: Patient Positioning
Gabrielle Schwartzman Undergrad Ladner Patient Safety in Living Donor Liver Transplantation: Sign in and Time Out
Tanvi Subramanian Undergrad Levitsky Assessment of Energy Metabolism with Exercise in Liver Transplant Recipients
Jaylen Thomas Undergrad Levitsky Incidence of Early Major Adverse Cardiovascular Events after Liver Transplantation
Sanskriti Varma Undergrad Caicedo Are Kidney Transplant Centers in the US Targeting Minorities? Website Evaluation of Transplant Centers Across the Nation
Jacob Lissoos High School Wertheim The Impact of 3-D Micro-Bio Scaffold Design On Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Derived Hepatocyte Maturation and Differentiation

2013 STUDENTS

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NAME EDUCATION MENTOR TOPIC
Peter Bjorkman Dorschner AOSC Ison Nosocomial Infections within the First Month of Solic Organ Transplantation
Kamil Bober AOSC Ison Clinical and Virological Outcomes of BK Virus Nephropathy Treated with Cidofovir
Edwardo Bustamante AOSC Levitsky The Six Minute Walk Distance to Measure Exercise Capacity Early After Liver Transplantation
Jamie Amanda Chin  AOSC Skaro The Alphabet Soup of Kidney Transplantation in the Elderly
Mathew Goodmanson AOSC Levitsky Colonoscopic Evaluation of Diarrhea and Colitis in Abdominal Solid Organ Transplant Recipients
Joshua Lee AOSC Levitsky The Six Minute Walk Distance to Measure Exercise Capacity Early After Liver Transplantation
Adrian Tomes AOSC Alonso Descriptive Analysis of Infectious Complications Following Pediatric Liver Transplantation and Cost of Treatment from 2005 to 2012
Christopher Tapia AOSC Levitsky The Six Minute Walk Distance to Measure Exercise Capacity Early After Liver Transplantation
Lauren You-Jin Lee AOSC Ison Epidemiology and Outcomes of Norovirus-Related Diarrhea in Transplant Recipients
Natalie Behnke Medical Student Ladner/McElroy Quality and Safety of Abdominal Organ Transplant
Arman Changelian Medical Student Caicedo Outcomes of Hispanic Patients
Kristina Doytcheva Medical Student Ladner/McElroy Quality and Safety of Abdominal Organ Transplant
John Joseph Medical Student Ladner The Etiology of Delays in Kidney Transplantation
Cristina Nguyen Medical Student Ladner/McElroy Quality and Safety of Abdominal Organ Transplant
Rachel Ramchandani Medical Student Wolf Medication Adherence in Transplant Patients
Zach Abecassis Undergrad Ladner The Application of Systems Engineering to Post-Operative Complications in Liver Transplant Recipients, Seasonal Variation Paper
Madeleine Rose Heldman Undergrad Levitsky A National Survey of Adult Transplant Hepatologists’ Perceptions on Pediatric Liver Transplant Recipients’ Transition to Adult Care
Margret Miller Undergrad Gordon Smart Phone Use and Interest in a Smart Phone Intervention to Foster Transplant Evaluation Completion Among Kidney Transplant Candidates
Michael Pearl Undergrad Friedewald Transplant Center and Organ Procurement Organization Assessment – Impact of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Conditions of Participation
Kathryn Schmidt Undergrad Ladner/McElroy Emergency Care of Transplant Patients: System Optimization and Rationalization
Arianna Yanes Undergrad Ladner/McElroy Assessment of Process Vulnerabilities in the Postoperative Handoff of Patients in the Intensive Care Unit
Alina Ahmad High School Daud Introduction to Northwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative
Anisa Ciaciura High School Ladner Introduction to Northwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative

2012 STUDENTS

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NAME EDUCATION MENTOR TOPIC
Andrés Camacho MSSRP Caicedo Hispanic American Outcomes in Renal Transplantation
Lukasz Cerbin MSSRP Skaro Cardiovascular Risk Index in Renal Transplant Recipients
Paul Jurgens MSSRP Wolf/Serper Assessment of Medication Adherence and Understanding in Liver and Kidney Transplant Recipients: A Pilot Study
Andrew Lok-Ming MSSRP Gordon Shared Decision Making in Organ Transplantation
Harrison Mahon MSSRP Baker A Complex Decision Analysis Tool for Decision Making for Optimal Treatment for Early Hepatocellular Cancer
Christian Mewaldt MSSRP Gordon Internet Use for Health Information Among Kidney Transplant Candidates and Prospective Living Donors
Ariella Sprague MSSRP Friedewald Quality of Life in Kidney Transplantation
Kai Xu MSSRP Ladner/Preczewski The Effectiveness and Cost-effectiveness of Patient Safety Regulations in Liver Transplant
Joshua Cahan Medical Student Baker A Complex Decision Analysis Tool for Decision Making for Optimal Treatment for Early Hepatocellular Cancer
John Joseph Undergrad Ladner A2ALL Patient Safety System Improvements in Living Donor Liver Transplantation
Pamela Sharaf Undergrad Ladner A2ALL Patient Safety System Improvements in Living Donor Liver Transplantation

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2011 STUDENTS

NAME EDUCATION MENTOR TOPIC
Jimmy Krupp MSSRP Levitsky Simultaneous Liver Kidney Versus Liver Transplant Outcomes
Yuiy Moklyak MSSRP Skaro Conducting Risk Assessments and Analysis to Improve Patient Safety in Kidney Transplantation
Chandni Patel MSSRP Gordon Public Perception on when Payment for Kidney Donation Becomes Coercive
Amanda Schieler MSSRP Ladner Conducting Risk Assessments and Analysis to Improve Patient Safety in Transplantation
Katy Secunda MSSRP Levitsky/Skaro/Caicedo A National Survey of Attitudes and Perceptions of Transplant Providers Towards New Liver Transplant Candidates
Yabtsega Moges MSSRP Ladner Northwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative Marketing
Joshua Cahan Undergrad Baker A Complex Decision Analysis Tool for Decision Making for Optimal Treatment for Early Hepatocellular Cancer
Brad Feiger Undergrad Ladner Literature Review Kidney Transplantation and Safety
Lorena Garcia Undergrad Caicedo Cultural Competence of the Hispanic Transplant Program and/or Hispanic Pediatric Kidney Transplant
Brendan Lovasik Undergrad Ladner The Influence of Systems and Processes on Cold-Ischemic Time in Liver Transplantation
Jimmy Rosati Undergrad Friedewald Aperio Glass Pathology Side Scanning and Liver Safety Literature Review
Sissa Abecassis High School Ladner, Holl Living Donor Liver Transplantation and Safety Literature Review
Adekore Taiwo High School Ladner Introduction to Organ Transplantation

2010 STUDENTS

NAME EDUCATION MENTOR TOPIC
Krutika Lakhoo MSSRP Ladner Safety Processes in Kidney Transplant Recipients
Sarali Mehta Graduate Student Ladner/Woods Kidney Selection Process

2009 STUDENTS

NAME EDUCATION MENTOR TOPIC
Jae Lee MSSRP Levitsky/Ladner/Butt Quality of Life in Liver Transplant Recipients and Effects of Immunosuppression
Gihyun Myung MSSRP Ladner/Fryer Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Access to Transplantation