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Oncology Research

Three-Week Summer Medicine Program

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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, study 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 this new three-week program in 2019. Maria and her students visited the Koch Center last year, and we have new field trips in mind for the extended program.

This is a competitive admissions summer research program designed for teens. Residential students at the Longwood Medical area must be rising tenth graders or above.

Students performing an experiment in Oncology three-week program

Date: July 13th – July 31st
Longwood Medical – Boston, MA

Field Trips

Oncology field trips may include:

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: Our Longwood Medical Area location is right down the street from the world leader in adult and pediatric treatment. Dana-Farber is home to the most advanced technology, prestigious researchers, and groundbreaking research that exists. 

Northeastern Simulation Center: Transformable labs provide students the opportunity to experience patient care, surgery, and vitally important areas of cancer treatment. Students interact with patient simulations, actors, faculty, and other students to experience the rush of adrenaline and emotions involved in emergency situations before tackling real life scenarios.  

The Jimmy Fund Fun Run: A fun and optional community service excursion, the fun run is a half-mile loop around Boston’s Millennium Park followed by a post-run celebration to raise funds for The Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber. 

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.

Jeff Robin teaches students about the human skeleton

Jeff Robin

Dr. Robin is currently a Chemistry and Anatomy & Physiology teacher at Wellesley High School – a top ranked high school in Massachusetts. He received his BS in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst before continuing his medical education at The State University of New York – Upstate in Syracuse, New York where he obtained his MD. After receiving his medical degree, Dr. Robin decided to pursue teaching. He received a Master of Education at Fitchburg State University.

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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