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Office of Student Research

The Office of Student Research is responsible for the medical student research programs and research education, community outreach to college undergraduates and upper level high school students, and the combined degree programs. The mission of the Office of Student Research is to provide a unique resource for the School of Medicine with a focus on providing a diverse array of research opportunities and enhancing the research education for all of our medical students. In addition, the Office of Student Research community outreach efforts seek to provide excellent opportunities for college undergraduates and high school students to stimulate and foster interest in careers in medicine and other allied health fields.


  • To provide all medical students with research education, including a research project; to enhance intellectual acuity and inquisitiveness; and to foster excellence in the development of clinicians, clinician educators, clinician scientists and physician investigators.
  • To provide all medical students with exceptional basic, translational and clinical research experiences in biomedical and behavior sciences which will provide them with skills, role models, and an understanding of the opportunities and careers available in academic medicine as well as enhance their academic portfolio for future application to competitive residency training programs.
  • To provide nurturing and mentoring for medical students with an interest in a research career or a combined degree program (MD/Masters, MD/MPH).
  • To provide educational opportunities for select college undergraduates through student research programs, so as to foster their interest in professional education in medicine and other allied health fields.


Office of Student Research
University of Maryland School of Medicine Bressler Research Building
655 West Baltimore Street, Suite M-019
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 706-3026 Phone
(410) 706-0094 Fax

OSR Team

Kerri A. Thom, M.D., M.S.
Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health
Assistant Dean for Student Research and Education
Director of the Office of Student Research

As the Assistant Dean for Student Research and Education, Dr. Thom oversees and is responsible for all of the functions of the Office of Student Research including student research programs, combined degree programs (MD/MS), educational community outreach programs and the development of research education and training. In addition, she is the co-course director for Foundations of Research and Critical Thinking with Dr. Matteson. Dr. Thom is a member of the Division of Genomic Epidemiology and Clinical Outcomes in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. Dr. Thom is currently funded by the Agency of Healthcare Research Quality and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her area of research focus includes the study of antimicrobial resistant pathogens, prevention of infections in the healthcare setting and antimicrobial stewardship.

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Gregory B. Carey, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Director of Student Summer Research and Community Outreach

As the Director of Student Summer Research and Community Outreach, Dr. Carey oversees and is responsible for medical student research activities, including electives, summer and year-off activities. He oversees recruitment to and advising for the School of Medicine's summer research programs for health professional, undergraduate and high school students. In his outreach roles within the OSR and as a co-chair on the President's Outreach Council, Dr. Carey explores research, mentoring and STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) educational opportunities for students at all levels and from broad backgrounds, on and off the UMB campus. In addition, Dr. Carey is the leader (P.I.) of an NIH/NCI-funded research program focused on increasing the understanding of factors that determine life and death decisions in lymphoma and in other cancers. His teaching activities cover both basic and special topics in immunology and oncology in the Graduate School and the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Carey is a member of the Center for Vascular and Inflammatory Diseases (CVID) and of the Greenebaum Cancer Center.

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Donald R. (Rick) Matteson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Physiology
Director of Student Research Education and Dual Degree Programs
BRB, Room M-019B
(410) 706-1809
(410) 706-0094 (Fax)

As the Director of Dual Degree Programs, Dr. Matteson is responsible for developing, overseeing and directing all of the MD/MS programs in the School of Medicine. As the Director of Student Research Education, Dr. Matteson is responsible for developing a new Medical School course called Foundations of Research and Critical Thinking (FRCT), and he will be the Course Director for FRCT, which will begin in the Fall of 2013. In addition, he is the Course Director for Functional Systems, for GPILS 601 "Mechanisms in Biomedical Sciences " (aka, The Core Course), as well as the Co-Director of Pathophysiology and Therapeutics I/II. In addition, he is a member of the Department of Physiology.

Cao Qi, M.D.
Research Coordinator

Ms. Cao's primary responsibilities are to manage and coordinate all of the research-related aspects of the Office of Student Research. She works closely with Dr. Greg Carey in managing student summer research and training programs (e.g., PRISM, HP-STAR, UM Scholars), research electives, year-off research experiences (e.g., Doris Duke, Howard Hughs), Medical Student Research Day, and other programs and services. Ms. Cao also assists Dr. Carey in providing research advising for medical students and provides support for community outreach efforts.

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Jean Marie Roth, M.D.
Academic Coordinator

Ms. Roth provides administrative support for the second year courses: Foundations of Disease (FoD), Pathophysiology & Therapeutics (P&T) I and Pathophysiology Therapeutics II. Ms. Roth supports the second year Autopsy Program with Dr. Sandy Twaddell in the Department of Pathology, the development of course evaluations and schedules, and P&T exams. In addition, she also provides administrative support to the committee meetings for FoD (Dr. Olga Ioffe, Chair)

Mentor Registration for FRCT Course

Sign up as a Research Mentor for the Foundations of Research and Critical Thinking (FRCT) course. Visit the FRCT Mentor Registration website for more information.

PRISM Program Application

The Program for Research Initiated by Students and Mentors (PRISM) is open for applications. Visit the program webpage for more information.