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Research Internship

There are two areas of research in which an intern can choose.  An intern can elect to work in the lab with our natural products professor, or work with the research team on clinical trials.  Please review brief descriptions of the two areas below:

  • Natural Products Research 
    Students would assist in current or forthcoming pre-clinical research or clinical trials on natural products as cancer therapy or preventive approach. The goal of the project is to provide the opportunity for the student to learn how to conduct the evidence-based research in the context of natural product and cancer therapy or prevention including obtaining and summarizing the information on the current status of anti-inflammatory or anti-angiogenic research using natural product or nutritional supplements.  The methodology used for this category of research would also be part of the assessment. Peiying Yang, PhD, is the supervisor of this project.
  • ABC's of Complementary Integrative Medicine Clinical Trials 
    Students would be given the opportunity to experience the development and/or implementation of mind-body clinical trials conducted within the Integrative Medicine Center and the Department of Behavioral Science. Interns may be asked to conduct a thorough literature review that would then be used to define the concept and design of potential studies. They would also assist in running a clinical trial including study participant recruitment and follow-up, data collection and entry, and basic data analysis. Amy Spelman, PhD, is the supervisor of this project.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must complete and return the Research Intern General Information Form (doc) to Michele M. Martini, Program Coordinator, via email at, or via U.S. mail at the following address:

Integrative Medicine Program
MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Blvd., Unit 1416
Houston, Texas 77030
Attn: Michele M. Martini

All requests will be processed within a 30-day period by the Integrative Medicine Education Committee. Once the committee approves the request, the applicant will receive detailed information and forms for the application process. This paperwork along with all required documents will then be submitted to MD Anderson's Academic and VISA Administration Office. These applications can take up to 45 days to process.

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