Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)

Medical Scientist Training Program

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Sean Campbell

Einstein has the right idea in having students take graduate school, medical school, and MSTP courses throughout their first year. When I started in the lab I already had my graduate class requirements out of the way and I was able to be productive immediately. Productivity results in learning and graduating in a timely fashion.

 

The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Einstein) is one of the nation’s oldest. From the start, our goal has been to train a diverse group of outstanding students to become future leaders of academic medicine and medical research. Continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1964, the Einstein MSTP has 473 illustrious Alumni with careers spanning the spectrum from basic science research to clinical medicine and many variations in between.

Today, the Einstein MSTP is still unique. Larger than most other MSTPs, it fosters a strong academic and social community within the college. While large enough to be an independent academic unit, the program is still small enough to provide students with the individual attention their unique careers require.

The current training program recognizes that the successful physician-scientist training is not simply medical school plus graduate training. The program integrates MSTP-specific courses with medical and graduate courses, during the first two years of preclinical course work. Integration continues in the PhD thesis years through weekly involvement in the MSTP Continuity Clinic and monthly Clinical Pathological Conferences and MSTP Career Paths seminars.

Students have outstanding publications and residency placements.

The Einstein MSTP encourages applications from all individuals. As stated in the College's Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan for Excellence, "At Einstein, we value all people and perspectives that make us unique and increase our diversity at large. Albert Einstein College of Medicine reaffirms its commitment to recruiting, retaining and advancing individuals from historically underrepresented and marginalized minority groups in the scientific and medical professions. At the College of Medicine, this includes, (in no particular order, and is not limited to) women, individuals who are Black, Latino/Latina; Pacific Islander or indigenous Americans; individuals from new immigrant populations; individuals with both apparent and nonapparent disabilities; all sexual and gender minorities, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual and queer people as well as transgender, gender-nonconforming and intersex individuals; religious minorities and individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds."

Four M.D./Ph.D. students share what motivates them to pursue the long and rigorous course to become physician-scientists.  

Awards & Accomplishments

  • Daniel Borger NIH NRSA F30 Fellowship for a project entitled "Developing a novel ex vivo platform to support hematopoietic cells and characterize the stem cell niche" (Sponsor,  Paul Frenette, Cell Biology)
  • Ryan Malonis NIH NRSA F30 Fellowship for a project entitled "Discovery & characterization of human monoclonal antibodies targeting multiple arthritogenic alphaviruses" (Sponsor, Jon Lai, Biochemistry)
  • Taylor Thompson NIH NRSA F31 Fellowship for a project entitled "Transcriptional Regulatory and Cell Differentiation Influences of an Endocrine Disrupting Chemical" (Sponsor, John Greally, Genetics)
  • Michelle Gulfo NIH NRSA F31 Fellowship for a project entitled "Assessing dopaminergic modulation of an associative circuit within the dentate gyrus" (Sponsor, Pablo Castillo, Neuroscience)
  • Meera Trivedi NIH NRSA F31 Fellowship for a project entitled "Characterizing Novel Regulations of Dendritic Tiling in C. elegans" (Sponsor, Hannes Buelow, Neuroscience)
  • Jamie Moore NIH NRSA F31 Fellowship for a project entitled "Unraveling Mechanisms of Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cell Priming by CD169+ Macrophages in Severe Murine Malaria" (Sponsor, Gregoire Lauvau, Microbiology & Immunology)
  • Adam Spitz NIH NRSA F30 Fellowship for a project entitled "Direct Small Molecule Activation of Pro-apoptotic BAK" (Sponsor, Evris Gavathiotis, Biochemistry)
  • Hayden Hatch NIH NRSA F31 Fellowship for a project entitled "Transcriptional regulation, neuronal development, and function of the mushroom body in a Drosophila model of intellectual disability" (Co-Sponsors, Julie Secombe and Nicholas Baker, Neuroscience/Genetics)
  • Joshua Weinreb NIH NRSA F30 Fellowship for a project entitled "Uncovering the Role of the DEAD Box Helicase Ddx41 in Hematopoiesis" (Sponsor, Teresa Bowman, Developmental & Molecular Biology)
  • Rosiris Leon-Rivera NIH NRSA F31 Fellowship for a project entitled "Molecular Mechanisms of Increased Risk of Racial and Ethnic Minorities for HIV Associated Neurocognitive Disorders" (Sponsor, Joan Berman, Pathology)
  • Todd Rubin NIH NRSA F31 Fellowship for a project entitled "Examining sex as a predictor of outcomes across multiple levels of head trauma" (Sponsor, Michael Lipton, Neuroscience)
  • Niloy Iqbal NIH NRSA F30 Fellowship for a project entitled "Tumor Suppressor pRb is a Novel Target for Hypothalamic Inhibition of Diet Induced Obesity" (Sponsors, Liang Zhu and Streamson Chua, Jr., Developmental & Molecular Biology)
  • Kristin Palarz NIH NRSA F31 Fellowship for a project entitled "Serotoninergic modulation of cerebellar circuitry" (Sponsor, Kamran Khodakhah, Neuroscience)
  • Peter John NIH NRSA F30 Fellowship for a project entitled "B7x in Cancer: Mechanisms and Therapies" (Sponsor, XingXing Zang, Microbiology & Immunology)
  • Richard Piszczatowski NIH NRSA F30 Fellowship for a project entitled "Investigating the role of Nol3 in normal and malignant hematopoiesis" (Sponsor, Ulrich Steidl, Cell Biology)
  • Jeet Biswas NIH NRSA F30 Fellowship for a project entitled "The sequence recognition, structure and function of the IMP family of mRNA binding proteins" (Sponsor, Robert Singer, Anatomy & Structural Biology)
  • Sean Healton NIH NRSA F30 Fellowship for a project entitled "Epigenetic activity of normal and cancer-associated mutant H1 linker histones" (Sponsor, Arthur Skolutchi, Cell Biology)

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Publications

  • publications Mike EV, Laroche D. Preserving Vision in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Focus on Health Equity. Clin Ophthalmol. 2020 Jul 22
  • publications Moore E, Huang MW, Jain S, Chalmers SA, Macian F, Putterman C. The T Cell Receptor Repertoire in Neuropsychiatric Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Front Immunol. 2020 Jul 17
  • publications Biswas J, Rahman R, Gupta V, Rosbash M, Singer RH. MS2-TRIBE Evaluates Both Protein-RNA Interactions and Nuclear Organization of Transcription by RNA Editing. iScience. 2020 Jun 28
  • publications Bortz RH 3rd, Wong AC, Grodus MG, Recht HS, Pulanco MC, Lasso G, Anthony SJ, Mittler E, Jangra RK, Chandran K. A virion-based assay for glycoprotein thermostability reveals key determinants of filovirus entry and its inhibition. J Virol. 2020 Jul 1
  • publications Wheat JC, Sella Y, Willcockson M, Skoultchi AI, Bergman A, Singer RH, Steidl U. Single-molecule imaging of transcription dynamics in somatic stem cells. Nature. 2020 Jun 24.
  • publications Wec AZ, Wrapp D, Herbert AS, Maurer DP, Haslwanter D, Sakharkar M, Jangra RK, Dieterle ME, Lilov A, Huang D, Tse LV, Johnson NV, Hsieh CL, Wang N, Nett JH, Champney E, Burnina I, Brown M, Lin S, Sinclair M, Johnson C, Pudi S, Bortz R 3rd, Wirchnianski AS, Laudermilch E, Florez C, Fels JM, O'Brien CM, Graham BS, Nemazee D, Burton DR, Baric RS, Voss JE, Chandran K, Dye JM, McLellan JS, Walker LM. Broad neutralization of SARS-related viruses by human monoclonal antibodies. Science. 2020 Jun 15
  • publications Moore E, Putterman C. Are lupus animal models useful for understanding and developing new therapies for human SLE? J Autoimmun. 2020 Jun 10

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