June 15 - July 15, 2015
Participants in the SURF program work in an active research
laboratory under the guidance of a faculty member with the goal of
exposing students to the challenges, excitement and satisfaction of
Selection is based on academic records and the appropriateness of
the applicant’s scientific interests. Students about to begin their
senior year of college studies are preferred, but promising juniors
and recent graduates will be considered.
Participants are provided with room, board and a $600 stipend.
Six undergraduate credit hours in biology are also available
tuition-free to all program participants. In addition, those program
participants who meet minimum requirements for admission to OU-HCOM,
including having taken the MCAT, will be offered an opportunity to
interview during the summer.
SURF Application (pdf)
Deadline: February 1, 2015
This application must be sent via regular mail, or scanned and
e-mailed to SURF Application. There is no application fee for
Submission of official transcripts from all colleges attended is
also required. Please have your college registrar send them to:
OU-HCOM Admissions Office
102 Grosvenor Hall
1 Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701
Recommender Evaluation Forms
Deadline: March 1, 2015
Use of these forms is optional, however, we do require
recommendations from two faculty familiar with your academic work. A
premedical advisory committee letter may also be used.
Participating faculty and
their research areas (pdf):
Molecular studies of regulatory mechanisms critical for replication
of the herpes virus, cytomegalovirus.
My research interest involves studying the metabolic properties of
skeletal muscle in conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and aging.
I am particularly interested in elucidating the cellular and
molecular mechanisms contributing to skeletal muscle insulin
sensitivity and lipid metabolism and the impact that exercise and
diet modification may have on these mechanisms
The main research focus of my laboratory is the identification of
genes, proteins and regulatory pathways involved in the development
of diabetic nephropathy, or kidney damage, with an emphasis on the
roles of growth hormone, STAT5 and inflammation. My group uses
mouse models, cell culture and gene expression assays including
real-time RT/PCR, western blot and immunohistochemical analyses.
We are also using bioinformatics to evaluate gene expression.
Genetic and molecular studies of natural biodegradation processes,
such as microorganisms that can degrade toxic compounds, and
development of techniques that can exploit them for environmental
Tropical Disease Research
in Ecuador: Epidemiological, entomological and clinical studies in
rural communities. Activities will focus on collection and analysis
of biological material in the field (mobile laboratory) and further
analysis of samples and data at the Infectious Disease Research
Laboratory in Quito, Ecuador as well as back in Athens. For more
http://www.oucom.ohiou.edu/tdi/ or contact
Donald Holzschu, Ph.D.
Role of retroviruses in tumor induction and regression.
Molecular basis for obesity and diabetes.
Donald Miles, Ph.D.
Adaptive significance of variation in morphology and locomotion;
comparative methods in ecology and evolutionary biology.
Allan Showalter, Ph.D.
Molecular and cellular biology approaches to the structure and
function of plant cell surface proteins, including the use of
genetic mutants and RNA interference in Arabidopsis.