21LR – Exercise and the gut microbiome in breast cancer survivors

Status: Filled – Abby Cook
Intern: Abby Cook
Faculty Name: laura-rogers
Primary Faculty Appointment: UAB
UAB/HA Department: Medicine/Preventive Medicine
Campus Address: MT614
Telephone Number: (205) 934-9735
Email: lqrogers@uabmc.edu or Click to Send E-Mail
For how many summers have you served as a preceptor: 3 or more
CCC Research Area: Cancer Control & Population Science
Number of hours per week that the preceptor will personally supervise or work with the intern: 6
Other faculty, staff, or graduate students who may help to supervise the intern:
1. Rebecca Little
2. Ildiko Nyikos
Title of Project: 21LR – Exercise and the gut microbiome in breast cancer survivors
Project Description:

Exercise provides multiple biopsychosocial benefits after cancer diagnosis. Little is known about the human microbiome in cancer survivors, how exercise may affect the human microbiome, and whether these effects are related to persistent cancer-related symptoms (e.g., fatigue). Fecal microbiome samples are being collected as part of two randomized controlled trials testing the effects of aerobic exercise on the gut microbiome in breast cancer survivors. A CaRES student is needed to assist with manuscript writing (e.g., literature review, rationale and design paper, etc.) and data collection and management. The student will work with Dr. Rogers and her staff to participate in and observe remotely available aspects of the study (including but not limited to virtual physical assessments and videoconference diet/exercise counseling sessions). This project offers the student the opportunity to participate in a translational project that involves both lab-based (e.g., DNA extraction, etc.) and patient-oriented research activities. The CaRES student will also participate in other exercise and cancer survivorship activities occurring within Dr. Rogers’ research program with the goal of better understanding exercise benefits and promotion in the target population. For example, the student may be able to assist with assessments done as part of several randomized controlled exercise trials in cancer survivors. The student may also participate in data management, scientific writing, and literature reviews, as part of secondary data analyses. The student will be expected to write an abstract for submission to a scientific meeting and participate as a co-author on a peer-reviewed manuscript, when appropriate.

Project Status: Already up and running
Location of Project: Birmingham, AL (UAB)
Proposed Start Date: May 17, 2021
Proposed End Date: August 27, 2021
Expected work schedule for intern: Not very flexible, intern MUST be at work on certain days of the week and at certain times of the day (as may be necessary to interview patients, attend lab meetings, process samples, etc.) and should contribute full-time effort.
Number of days that the student will be expected to come physically to UAB:
0 – project will be fully virtual except for the required in-person checkpoint visits
Category of Project: Clinical (Patient Care) Research
Cancer topic: Breast
Does this project involve human subjects: Yes
Does this project involve animal subjects: No

Assist with collecting, entering, and checking data


Literature review with written tabulation and summary


Assist with protocol quality control

Preceptor will provide intern with access to the following: none since remote project
Likelihood that intern will be included as an author on one or more publications related to this summer research project: Possible
Areas in which the ideal candidates will have experience: Clinical Oncology, Interview Skills, Literature Review Skills, Microbiology, Scientific Writing Skills, Statistics and Data Management, basic knowledge, Survivorship