Pediatric Housestaff

Basic Science

The goal of the Basic Science/Translational Research Scholarly Concentration is to provide residents with the opportunity to gain experience and expertise in a basic science area of interest. Residents in this Scholarly Concentration have the opportunity to:

Program Overview and Objectives

Residents in the Basic Science/Translational Research Scholarly Concentration participate in a 1-6 month lab rotation where they are introduced to the concepts that underpin basic science research. In addition, residents are expected to attend 4 evening sessions per year to share their “Works in Progress” with their fellow residents and Scholarly Concentration leaders.

In addition to laboratory experience and research forums, residents in the Basic Science/Translational Research Scholarly Concentration partner with a faculty mentor to design and implement their own research project, which can be executed during their 3-year residency.  As soon as residents enter the concentration, they are asked to identify a project mentor, meet with their mentor and begin designing their study. Residents are educated on the steps of developing a research project and are encouraged to take a lead role in each step of their project including idea inception, study design, IRB application, data collection, database building, analysis and dissemination. Submission of abstracts to a national forum is strongly encouraged but not required.

Optional electives, noon conferences and topic specific conferences in the Basic Sciences are available and can contribute to residents’ overall learning and skill development.

Participation in this Scholarly Concentration will prepare residents to:


Required for All Basic Science/Translational Research Residents:

Residents in the Basic Science/Translational Research block use up to 6 months of call free elective time to focus on their research project. In addition, residents must participate in the following:

Required for All Pediatrics Residents:

All Pediatrics residents participate in:


Contact Information

Harvey Cohen, MD Harvey Cohen, MD is Chair and Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine.  He has been the co-director of the Pediatric Basic Science Scholarly Concentration since Fall 2012.  His research interests extend from hypothesis-driven studies in biochemistry and cell biology to discovery-driven interests in proteomics and systems biology, to clinical treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia of children. One of his primary projects is to identify proteins in the plasma or urine of children with Kawasaki Disease, an inflammatory disorder that is the leading cause of acquired heart disease in the pediatric population. Other proteomic investigations are being performed in the areas of prematurity, neonatal disorders, acute lymphocytic and myelogenous leukemia, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and acquired respiratory distress syndromes. Dr. Cohen’s research also focuses on the optimization of multi-component chemotherapy and radiation treatment for children. He is also engaged in pediatric palliative care research and education.
Marlene Rabinovitch, MD Marlene Rabinovich, MD is Professor of Pediatric Cardiology at Stanford University School of Medicine. She has been the co-director of the Pediatric Basic Science Scholarly Concentration since Fall 2012 and is Director of Research at the Vera Moulton Wall Center for Pulmonary Vascular Disease. Her current research seeks to identify the cellular and molecular programs regulating vascular and lung development and how these programs are perturbed by genetic abnormalities or injurious processes associated with disease. She has served as PI on multiple NIH funded grants and has over 200 peer-reviewed publications.



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