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DREAM Program Introduces Med Students to Research

By ​Lindsay Lennox

(November 2016) As an undergraduate, Bryan Nycz heard a guest lecture about the human microbiome by Daniel Frank, PhD, an infectious diseases researcher at the CU School of Medicine.

Now, Nycz, a second-year medical student, is doing original research in Frank’s lab, aimed at uncovering connections between the microbiome and the infections often experienced by young leukemia patients during chemotherapy.
“What we’re doing now is all exploratory,” says Nycz. “We’re not really sure what we’re looking for yet, which I kind of enjoy: waiting to see what the data tells us. It’s actually kind of cool to wonder, in the future will our findings turn out to matter?”