Snyderman Scholars Applied Genomics & Precision Medicine Summer Program

A 10-week Applied Genomics & Precision Medicine Summer Program for undergraduates! 

This program provides Duke undergraduate students an opportunity to participate in a faculty-mentored research project in applied genomics and precision medicine. 

The 2024 Snyderman Scholars program runs May 20 - July 26.

Research opportunities in applied genomics & precision medicine at Duke span a wide range of topics, including genomic and computational biology, data sciences, statistics, health sciences research, translational medicine, bioethics, business, and policy. The Snyderman Scholars in Applied Genomics & Precision Medicine Program is open to undergraduate Duke students in their second, third or fourth year. 

Students must already be working in a laboratory they wish to continue to work in over the summer and provide a description of their project in the application. Mentors must be faculty members in any Duke school. Students must also obtain a letter of support from the faculty mentor, confirming the mentor’s willingness to host the student for the summer. Faculty letters should be sent directly to Dr. Susanne Haga at

The proposed project must clearly focus on a minimum of one area of applied genomics or precision medicine, such as:

  • -omics-driven biomarker discovery and insights into disease biology
  • -omics technology development and new analytical approaches
  • Analytic and translational approaches to diagnostics
  • Evidence-based approaches that use innovative tools and data science to customize disease prevention, detection and treatment and improve the effectiveness and quality of care
  • Policy, health economics and bioethics

Students will receive campus housing (if requested) and a $5,000 stipend. We especially encourage women and individuals from underrepresented minority groups to apply. Students will be selected for the program based on their research focus/project and faculty letters of support/recommendation.

2023 Snyderman Scholars

Camille Krejdovsky (Class of 2025)

  • Mentor: Micah Luftig, PhD, Professor of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
  • Major: Biology and French
  • Project Title: Epstein-Barr virus and cancer: Validating CRISPR screen hits of cellular restriction factors with single knockouts to explore potential mechanisms of action

Julia Caci (Class of 2024)

  • Mentor: Kris Wood, PhD, Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Cancer Biology
  • Major: Biology
  • Project Title: Exploring the cellular basis for sensitivity to NDE1 depletion in brain-metastatic lung cancer cells

2022 Snyderman Scholars

Peter Nam

  • Major: Computer Science
  • Mentor: Everardo Macias

Paul Kim

  • Major: Biology
  • Mentor: Jennifer Zhang

2018 Snyderman Scholars

Sarah Feng (Class of 2019)

  • Mentor: David Hsu, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Major: Biomedical Engineering and Biology
  • Project Title: Predictors of response to anti-FGFR therapy in colorectal cancer

Vidit Bhandarkar (Class of 2019)

  • Mentor: Charlie Gersbach, Ph.D.
  • Major: Biology
  • Project Title: Genome Engineering in Human Cells  

Program Contacts

Julia Walker
Program Manager
(919) 668-6498

Susanne Haga
Associate Director of Education, Precision Medicine Program
Professor of Medicine
(919) 684-0325