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Oncology Research

Three-Week Summer Medicine Program

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The application is now up for Summer 2021!
If we can run live, we will. If we need to run remotely, we will.

This program covers the study, treatment, and research of cancer, including medical radiation and surgical oncology. Students will study the tell-tale signs of cancer, tackle the complex process of diagnosing, including the staging process, and provide a prognosis to a mock patient. From here, students will study treatments including chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. They’ll examine the effects, both positive and negative, of radical procedures, and they’ll perform mock surgeries to get a hands-on feel for removing cancer from a patient’s body. Additionally, students will study the anatomy of cancer itself, including the way it grows and the environments in which it thrives. Maria Lazebnik, who holds a PhD in Genetics from Tufts University School of Medicine, designed BLI’s one-week Oncology program in 2018 and will return to lead program.

This is a competitive admissions summer research program designed for teens. 

Students performing an experiment in Oncology three-week program

July 12 – July 30, 2021
Longwood Medical Area – Boston, MA

Teaching Team: Maria Lazebnik

Ms. Lazebnik is currently an adjunct assistant professor at Bentley University teaching Human Biology, Human Inheritance, and Human Health and Disease. She also has experience with utilizing analytical instrumentation and digital teaching technologies including data-mining resources and more. Ms. Lazebnik is involved in research focused on undergraduate STEM education and developing innovative course content to work hand-in-hand with the curriculum, in particular with a project at Boston’s Museum of Science. Ms. Lazebnik received her BS in Neuroscience and Biology as well as her MS in Cell and Molecular Biology from Brandeis University. Later, she received her PhD in Genetics from the Tufts University School of Medicine. In addition, she has extensive research experience including working as a research fellow at NIH, research associate at Brandeis and Tufts, and a postdoctoral fellow at Tufts Molecular Oncology Research Institute. Finally, Ms. Lazebnik is a multi-published educator and research scientist. She has had three articles published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

Student Comments

‘I thought the program was really good because I had no bio background at all and now I know a ton about cancer and cellular biology. I love the teacher because she is super nice and sweet. She took us to so many great field trips. 10/10 the best program. 11/10 best teacher here’

‘Dr. Lazebnik was an excellent teacher who sought various interactive and creative ways to teach. She organized various field trips and really utilized the available resources in the medical centers nearby. The field trip to the Harvard Symposium was exceptionally enjoyable more activities like these should be encouraged. Dr. Lazebnik is really passionate about oncology and I really enjoyed my experience under her instruction.’

‘Dr. Lazebnik was a spectacular professor and she explained the material very well.’

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