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Oncology Research

Three-Week Summer Medicine Program 2024

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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, students will study the anatomy of cancer itself, including the way it grows and the environments in which it thrives. 

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

July 8 – 26, 2024  | Gann/Bentley, Waltham

More About: Awards – Research Programs – Sample Week

Field Trips

In past years, students have visited the following locations:

Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT: Students visits the facilities, meet researchers who work every day to solve the complex problems of cancer, and learn interactively about the science and technology of cancer research at MIT.

The Museum of Science: One of the world’s largest science centers and New England’s most highly attended cultural institution, the Museum of Science is ideally positioned to lead the nationwide effort to promote engineering education awareness, bringing science, technology, and mathematics alive through its exhibits, programs, and more.

Gunther von Hagen’s Body Worlds Exhibition: Body Worlds takes visitors on an unforgettable journey into the human body. The unique exhibition provides fascinating insights into the body’s complex structure and explains how functional systems and organs interact.

NOTE: COVID will impact field trips. We cannot guarantee any given field trip will run as in past years or at all.

Instructor: Dr. Jaleh Jalili

Dr. Jalili earned her PhD in Microbiology from Clemson University. Her expertise is in Immunology and Microbiology techniques, primarily ELISA. Dr. Jalili is also well-versed in Gene Mark software, DNA extraction and purification, Southern and Northern blotting, and Shotgun cloning. Currently, she is teaching high level Biology students at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. 

Student Comments from Summer 2023

The program was very fun, I got to meet and learn with new friends. The course material was interesting, and Ms. Jalili was very nice and knowledgeable. We got to go outside the classroom to places like the Science Museum and BodyWorlds.’

The teacher was nice and very informative. She provided various activities that kept the class engaged and was thorough in explanation.’

The teacher was nice and flexible, with in-depth explanations, informative slideshows, and enjoyable and interesting labs.’

I liked that our teacher made sure that we understood concepts before moving on. My teacher was really nice and the field trips were very fun!’

 Note: This page represents our best expectations for the program we will deliver, but is subject to change. We will update this page as new information becomes available. 

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