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Acute Lung Injury Therapeutics Undergraduate Research

The U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR) is one of six research laboratories within the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command of the U.S. Army Medicine Command. The Institute is the Army's lead research laboratory for improving the care of combat casualties. The mission of the Institute is to "Optimize Combat Casualty Care". This opportunity is located in San Antonio, TX. For more information about USAISR:

The Department of Expeditionary Critical Care research projects will focus on the use of stem cells and their products in acute lung injury due to smoke inhalation and burn. The mentor and participant will collaborate in developing an experimental design and collecting and analyzing data. As it relates to the research, the participant will isolate, culture, and characterize stem cells and their products using sterile techniques. The participant will be taught to perform extensive assays to evaluate the effects of these biologics in vitro and in vivo. In an effort to focus on the career development, the participant will attend team meetings with a mentor and learn how to prepare scientific abstracts and manuscripts.

Appointment Length
This opportunity is a twelve month research appointment, with the possibility to be renewed for additional research periods. Appointments may be extended depending on funding availability, project assignment, program rules, and availability of the participant.

Participant Benefits
Participants will receive a stipend to be determined by USAISR. Stipends are typically based on the participant’s academic standing, discipline, experience, and research facility location. Other benefits may include the following:
  • Health Insurance Supplement. Participants are eligible to purchase health insurance through ORISE.
  • Relocation Allowance
  • Training and Travel Allowance

Nature of Appointment
The participant will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DOD, or any other office or agency. Instead, the participant will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.

Undergraduate student or recent graduate with skills and desire to participate in research opportunity focused on therapeutic applications of biologics, such as stem cells and extracellular vesicles, to improve prolonged field care.