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Students will participate in departmental research activities and may pursue specific problems in the areas of birth defects, cytogenetics, prenatal diagnosis, mental retardation, biochemical genetics, molecular genetics, population genetics, or clinical genetics. This elective is offered for the student who wants to gain experience in doing basic or clinical research. The student does not have to have previous experience and may wish to complete a previously started project. A project may be done with any Department of Medical and Molecular Genetic faculty member, either primary or secondary faculty. Before enrolling in this course, the student must discuss doing so with the course director and in most case have a project delineated.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: David D. Weaver, MD (dweaver@iu.edu)

Director: David Weaver , M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IU Health University Hospital, Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics, Indiana University School of Medicine (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Design a research project (PBLI1)
  • 2) Complete a research project related to genetics (PBLI1)
  • 3) Utilize specific research techniques (PBLI1)
  • 4) Prepare an abstract and/or manuscript for presentation and/or publication (ISC5)


  • Research Evaluation Form; (Observation)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 70% Research; 10% Lecture/Seminar; 20% Library

Elective Type Category: AS - Advanced Science Research

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: David D. Weaver, MD (dweaver@iu.edu) Must obtain permission of instructor prior to enrollment as this elective. A project must be delineated and approved by the instructor before the rotation begins.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None