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CLIMB-PRO students spend their summer getting hands-on experience in clinical or biomedical research.

Other highlights during the summer:

  • Current MD or MD/PhD students are peer mentors for CLIMB-PRO students
  • Weekly seminars by UB faculty about current research
  • Opportunities to present your research to your peers and other scientists
  • Info sessions of MD and MD/PhD opportunities at UB
  • Visits to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, including the Clinical and Translational Research Center
  • Social activities

CLIMB-PRO students are funded by the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Recent CLIMB PRO Mentors

Jessy Alexander, PhD

CLIMB PRO Mentee: 2014; Maria Ritchie, Towson University

Project title: CD11b is Protective in Complement-Mediated Kidney Disease

Dr. Laura Feltri

CLIMB PRO Mentee: 2014; Clementine Namba, SUNY Binghamton

Project title: Localization of AlphaV Integrin in Schwann Cells during Axonal Sorting


Dr. Stanley Fernandez

CLIMB PRO Mentee: 2014; Henry Uran, Rutgers University
Project title: The Expression of Growth Associated Protein 43 and Nerve Growth Factor Following Cardiosphere-Derived Cell Treatment After Subendocardial Infarction


CLIMB PRO Mentee: 2013; Jesus Enriquez, University of New Mexico
Project title: Sympathetic Remodeling Following Coronary Revascularization in a Porcine Model of Hibernating Myocardium


James Jarvis

CLIMB PRO Mentee: 2014; Erica Poe, University of Texas of the Permian Basis
Project title: Defining the Pathobiology of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis throughnon-coding RNA in Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells

CLIMB PRO Mentee: 2013; Kaila Epps, Spelman College
Project title: Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Insights from Functional Genomics


Youfa Wang

CLIMB PRO Mentee: 2014; Kisa Harris, Tougaloo College; expected to attend UB Medical School through EAP

Project title: Food intake and adaptation to the food environment by refugees living in the United States


Dr. Lucy Mastrandrea

CLIMB PRO Mentee: 2013; Kathleen Sellick, University of Dayton

Project title: The Effect of Sphingosine-1-Phosphate on the Translocation of Hormone-Sensitive Lipase and Perilipin in 3T3-L1 Mouse Adipocytes


Dr. Rajnarayanan

CLIMB PRO Mentee: 2013; Tekeydra Lee, Jackson State University

Project title: Characterization of Prostate Specific Antigen in the Serum of Prostate Cancer Patients




Thomas Russo, MD

CLIMB PRO Mentee: 2013; Brandon Anhalt, University of Arizona

Project title: Ascitocin: A Newly Discovered Antimicrobial Found in Human Ascites and Serum


Dr. David Shucard

CLIMB PRO Mentee: 2013; Rushell Dixon, Amherst College

Project title: Working Memory Deficiencies in Neuropsychiatric Systemic Lupus Erythematosus


Dr. Animesh Sinha

CLIMB PRO Mentee: 2013; Shukri Dualeh, University of Rochester

Project title: Immune Dysregulation in Pemphigus Vulgaris: What is a Flare?

Explore the Possibilities

CLIMB PRO students work with physicians and/or physician scientists affiliated with the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, from any of these departments. Click to learn more, and let us know whose research interests you the most! 

You are also welcome to work with faculty in the Basic Sciences. 

New MCAT Preparation Tool 

AAMC Releases New Free Online Resources to Help Students Prepare for New MCAT® Exam. Continue reading to learn more!

 The first in a collection of free educational tutorials to help students prepare for the revised Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) that will be administered in 2015 are now available. The tutorials (including videos and questions) were developed by winners of a video competition sponsored by the AAMC, Khan Academy and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Lessons will be available through Khan’s online learning library, as well as the Pre-health Collection of the AAMC’s MedEdPORTAL® iCollaborative. Currently the growing collection has more than 24 tutorials (each tutorial includes 4-8 videos and questions) to help undergraduate and pre-med students prepare for health care professions. The content creators and reviewers will expand the collection throughout the year, which is expected to include approximately 500 videos and an estimated 1,000 questions by the summer of 2014.