Summer Internships

2014 Internships Available for OHSU Medical Students

SUMMER RESEARCH in Otolaryngology and Auditory/Vestibular Neuroscience at Oregon Health & Science University

The Department of Otolaryngology at OHSU is offering a summer research internship open to first-year OHSU medical students for summer of 2014, with a stipend of ~$4,300 for the 10 week fellowship (NIH scale).  Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will work with a faculty member to conduct a research project during the summer months with the aim of a published article, a (inter)national conference presentation, or both. Research projects currently in progress accepting student research interns include:

Cochlear blood flow and mechanisms of sound-induced oxidative damage to the cochlea

Studies on the regulation of inner ear blood flow and the influence of sound as an agent that can induce ischemia and metabolic overload in the cochlea. Studies on the pathways of oxidative damage to the sensory cells and blood vessels in the cochlea. For more information, contact Alfred Nuttall PhD at

Cochlear implants and hearing aids
Psychophysical studies of plasticity, learning, and optimization of cochlear implants and hearing aids. Animal studies of residual hearing preservation with cochlear implantation. For more information, contact Lina Reiss PhD at  

Drug trafficking across the blood-labyrinth barrier
Identifying mechanisms of ototoxic drug trafficking across the blood-labyrinth barrier into the cochlea that induces sensory cell death, hearing loss and vestibular disorders. Projects may also include analyzing clinical data.  For more information, contact Peter Steyger PhD at  

Otoaccoustic emissions
Electrophysiological examination of cochlear mechanics and oto-accoustic emissions. For more information, contact Tianying Ren MD at  

Pathophysiology of cochlear microcirculation
Studies on the control of cochlear blood flow and regulation of the blood–labyrinth barrier, the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie noise-induced hearing loss, and cochlear vascular remodeling after damage. For more information, contact Xiaorui Shi, MD, PhD at

Quality of life and outcomes in Otolaryngology
Prospective evaluation of quality of life measures and outcomes of treatment, particularly relating to chronic rhinosinusitis. For more information, contact Timothy Smith, MD, MPH at

Quality of life outcomes for Down syndrome children with otitis media
Down syndrome children suffer from otitis media at higher rate than other children.  Quality of life measures before and after tympanostomy tube placement will be measured with the OM-22 quality of life questionnaire.  Study will involve time in ENT clinic recruiting and collecting data, as well as possible data entry and analysis.  For more information, contact Carol MacArthur MD at

How to apply:

Interested students should identify a mentor and with whom they should submit a single PDF document containing: (i) the title of your research, your name and the PI’s name who has agreed to mentor you, and a brief research plan (2-3 paragraphs), along with (ii) a resume, and (iii) a short statement the importance of a research internship to your career goals via email to Peter Steyger () by April 7th 2014.
Applicants will be informed by April 14th, 2014 regarding their applications.

Peter Steyger, PhD
Professor of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
Oregon Hearing Research Center
OHSU,    mail code NRC04