Research & Innovation

Summer Studentship Program

Diagnostic Services Manitoba (DSM) Summer Studentship Awards program is seeking well-motivated students with strong academic records and/or previous research experience to participate in translational research, with preference given to laboratory medicine and diagnostic imaging research. The program is an excellent opportunity for students to work closely with diagnostic professionals and further their knowledge and skills in health related fields, and for supervisors to share their expertise and experience with the student. Students enrolled in an undergraduate University program or a science oriented program at Red River College (CO-Op students included) are encouraged to apply.

Listed below are some of the projects looking for students. However, students may choose instead to approach any researcher/principal investigator (PI) with a project idea for consideration. In addition, a PI may already have a project in mind for a prospective student. In either scenario, student and PI may team up to submit an application to DSM.


Project Supervisors: Drs. Ping Sun, Daniel Marko and Charles Musuka (HSC)

Hemoglobin disorders present a significant health problem and are increasingly encountered in our practice due to migration. DSM Hematology lab is the only site in Manitoba that performs diagnostic testing for hemoglobin disorders.  We perform approximately 3000 hemoglobin tests a year. To understand the epidemiology of clinically significant hemoglobin disorders within this province, and to rationalize the needs for carrier detection and newborn screening program, there is an urgent need to establish a database for future research projects. The second part of the project will look at the use of a new CBC (complete blood count) parameter, called reticulocyte hemoglobin (RET-HE) in detecting iron deficiency anemia, thalassemia or thalassemic disorders.


Project Supervisor: Dr. Versha Banerji (RIOH)

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia is an incurable disease. Our laboratory has discovered and validates a series of chemical agents that can lead to CLL cell death. We want to prove that genetic loss of the targets leads to CLL cell death and determine and profile the mechanism.

A summer student will be employed to conduct RNAi and CRISPER cas9 studies to determine the impact of genetic loss on 1. Cell viability, to cell signaling and 3. Mitochondrial metabolism and cell morphology in leukemia cell line models.


Project Supervisors: Dr. Camelia Stefanovici and Lance Fuczek (HSC)

The proposed project is meant to expand and develop the current knowledge and accessibility of “Gross Digital Images”. Currently there is a large volume of disorganized Surgical and Autopsy Gross photographs contained in the T-Drive on our DSM computers. This could be a valuable resource and teaching tool for physicians, residents, and other allied health professionals.

The Surgical pathology gross room and Autopsy suites provide a vast amount of very interesting and unique photographs based on the pathologies seen in the various labs throughout DSM. However, the majority of the photographs in the data base are not organized making the retrieval of these pictures difficult at best.

For this project we are requesting 2 well-motivated students, with an interest in Photography, Computers and Pathology. Some knowledge of basic anatomy, and computer skills would be an asset. The students would require access to DSM LIS, and the T-drive during their work with this project.  The project would see the students organize the available photos into systems that can be easily accessed when required.


DSM will award two students $5,000 each for the 3-month duration of the projects (May 15-Aug 15).

Please see studentship application and guidelines for additional details. Enquiries can be directed to Kimberly Sawchuk at

Application deadline is: Friday, March 31, 2017


To read about a successful Summer Studentship project from 2016, click here.