Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities for Students

Research is the foundation of modern medical practice.

  • Research in the basic sciences has been crucial to understanding the mechanisms of many diseases and in developing approaches to treatment and prevention.
  • Clinical research provides the evidence on which medical treatment should be based.
  • Current medical research today is often interdisciplinary and translational. Teams of researchers from many disciplines apply basic research findings to clinical interventions and therapeutics.

Students in the Temple/St. Luke's program have many fine opportunities to participate in basic science and clinical research at both the Philadelphia North Broad Street campus and at St. Luke's in Bethlehem.

For students interested in clinical research, a first-year elective course offers preceptorships with practicing pathologists and laboratory scientists. In addition, some faculty are able to offer stipends for students who would like to participate in ongoing research during the summer following their first year of medical school.

Temple/St. Luke's students have a unique opportunity. Because they complete all required clinical rotations at St. Luke's (rather than rotating to geographically separated clinical sites), Temple/St. Luke's students who join a project during their second year may continue to participate in the project during their clinical years. This extended duration makes it possible for students to contribute meaningfully to longitudinal studies while building long-term collegial relationships with faculty, residents, and fellows.

Interested in hearing about research from a student's perspective?

Email us at We will ask one of our students who has been involved in research to contact you.

Bethlehem Campus

Some areas of current research at St. Luke's include

  • Acute care surgery
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cognitive impairment and dementia
  • Emergency medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Public health and vaccination programs
  • Sports medicine  
  • Treatment of trauma patients and the critically ill

Cancer and Molecular Biology Research

Advances in molecular medicine are making revolutionary changes to medical diagnosis and treatment. At St. Luke's, the Green Hope Cancer Research Laboratory is equipped for tissue culture, flow cytometry, real-time PCR, microvolume spectrophotometry, high performance reading of ELISA and bead array assays and microscopy. Current research directions include cancer genome and gene expression analysis and cancer vaccine development.

St. Luke's Research Institute

The St. Luke's Research Institute assists attending physicians, residents, nurses, and others in designing and planning research projects. The Research Institute can also provide guidance on research-related tasks, such as statistical analyses, which are essential to interpreting and presenting results. Each year, the Institute organizes a research symposium where residents and fellows present their projects. Students may also access the services of a sophisticated multimedia department to learn how to develop and organize effective oral and poster presentations. 

North Broad Street Campus

Temple's research centers focus on studies in a variety of areas that include

  • Cancer Biology
  • Cardiovascular and Thrombosis Research
  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • HIV Research
  • Immunology and Autoimmunity
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology
  • Pulmonary Research
  • Substance Abuse Research

More about TUSM research.

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