Graduate Research Opportunities

College Of Medicine Medical Student Research Thesis Program

CDU has formal research programs for medical students hosted by the College of Medicine called the “College of Medicine Medical Student Research Thesis Program.”, which is part of the CDU Medical Education Program. Please click here for information regarding this program.

For More Information, Please Contact:

Shahrzad Bazargan-Hejazi, PhD
Chair CDU/UCLA Medical Student Research Thesis
Email:  or
Phone:  (323) 357-3464
Fax: (323) 563-4957

CDU/UCLA Cancer Center Partnership
Post Baccalaureate, Graduate or Medical Student Research Internships

The CDU/UCLA Cancer Center Partnership hosts three to five highly competitive and dedicated trainees from Post-baccalaureate, Nursing/ Graduate and Medical programs for a quarterly to year-long internship. Students must demonstrate a deep commitment to underserved populations and genuine interest in cancer health disparities interest. Furthermore, they must be able to commit at least 5-10 hours a week to the internship and have approval from their respective programs to participate. Trainees accepted for this internship will be matched with a Faculty mentor and develop a hypothesis driven cancer disparities research project. Trainees will have the opportunity to prepare weekly research reports, a final research manuscript/thesis, and formal presentation for the Cancer Journal Club. Trainees will also have the benefit of participating in the CME accredited Cancer Journal Club series which hosts leaders in cancer health disparities research from basic, clinical, and community sciences. Several of the most outstanding former students have also had the opportunity to participate and present at national meetings including the American Association for Cancer Research.
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To Apply:
Please send in your resume and letter of interest to the Director: Dr. Jay Vadgama (
Program Coordinator: Milena Pavlova (; (323) 563-4853.

CDU Master’s in Biomedical Sciences

This is a one-year degree program is designed to give students a solid command of biomedicine, medical informatics, and translational science, as well as ensure that they are well versed in the challenges posed by domestic and international health disparities. Through hands-on experience, students gain the skills and habits of mind required to excel at biomedical research students. For 2017, a total of 20 students had individual thesis projects  each of which  was assigned an advisor and research mentor who were experts in that field of research. There were thus a total of 5 advisors and 15 research mentors who guided and supervised the research ranging from cancer, cardiometabolic, HIV /AIDs, and health services.  Please see appendix for the list of enrolled students.

For more information please contact:
Dr. Monica Ferrini
(323) 563-5962