Research Opportunities

2The laboratory offers research opportunities for people at any stage of their education and career.

We have research projects for undergraduates, medical school students, graduate school students, and post-doctoral research fellows and residents.


Listed below are links describing research opportunities for each of these stages:

For residents in clinical programs:

Physicians may join the laboratory as research fellows during or following residency. If you are planning time out from the clinical residency to do research after your third year, you should consider joining the Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS) Laboratory. The ECLS laboratory in the Department of Surgery has been training academic surgeons for more than 25 years. More than 60 surgeons have worked in the laboratory, most of whom are in major academic centers today.  They include Drs. Ronald Hirschl, Paul Gauger, Mark Hemmila, Oliver Soldes, and Jonathan Haft at the University of Michigan; Preston Rich, Head of Trauma and Critical Care, University of North Carolina; Sam Awad, Head Critical Care, Baylor University and Michael Shapiro, Head Critical Care, Northwestern University. Many of our past surgical residents have gone on to become chairs of major surgical centers around the country, such as Dr. Joseph Zwischenberger, chairman of the department of pediatric surgery at the University of Kentucky.

The research experience in the ECLS laboratory involves training in a wide range of subjects necessary to perform surgical, translational research. These include surgery, critical care, cardiopulmonary physiology, bioengineering, and statistics. The lab team includes surgical research fellows, graduate students, and experienced technicians from around the country and around the world who assist our faculty in the educational process.

The laboratory has been continuously funded by NIH since 1971, and we are constantly writing new grant proposals and papers and preparing presentations at major national meetings.  Thus, the educational experience includes grant writing and administration and preparation of manuscripts and presentations.


 Laboratory experience can range from one to several years. The ECLS laboratory has been an excellent training ground for residents planning careers in academic critical care, trauma, pediatric surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. For further information please contact Dr. Alvaro Rojas or Dr. Robert H. Bartlett at 734-615-5357.