Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)

Medical Scientist Training Program

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David Gross

Einstein's MSTP streamlines the first year of the program very nicely so that MD-PhDs can have a more productive schedule and an accelerated graduation time. My favorite classes so far are Immunology and Anatomy. MSTP Anatomy has unparalleled individual attention, and Immunology had superb lecturers.

 

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 464 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

  • 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)
  • Cary Weiss NIH NRSA F30 Individual for a project entitled "MicroRNA-22 and the microRNA-22/tet2 network as regulators of the cell fate decision in hematopoietic stem cells and in the development of myelodysplastic syndrome" (Sponsor, Keisuke Ito, Cell Biology)

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Publications

  • publications Ramsey NLM, Visciano M, Hunte R, Loh LN, Aschner CB, Jacobs WR Jr, Herold BC. A single-cycle glycoprotein D deletion viral vaccine candidate, ΔgD-2, elicits polyfunctional antibodies that protect against ocular herpes simplex virus. J Virol. 2020 Apr 15
  • publications Zhao H, Iqbal NJ, Sukrithan V, Nicholas C, Xue Y, Yu C, Locker J, Zou J, Schwartz EL, Zhu L. Targeted inhibition of the E3 ligase SCF-Skp2/Cks1 has antitumor activity in RB1-deficient human and mouse small cell lung cancer (SCLC). Cancer Res. 2020 Apr 7
  • publications Rastogi D, Johnston AD, Nico J, Loh LN, Jorge Y, Suzuki M, Macian F, Greally JM. Functional Genomics of the Pediatric Obese Asthma Phenotype Reveal Enrichment of Rho-GTPase Pathways. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2020 Apr 7
  • publications Mayoral J, Shamamian P Jr, Weiss LM. In Vitro Characterization of Protein Effector Export in the Bradyzoite Stage of Toxoplasma gondii. mBio. 2020 Mar 10
  • publications Biswas J, Nunez L, Das S, Yoon YJ, Eliscovich C, Singer RH. Zipcode Binding Protein 1 (ZBP1; IGF2BP1): A Model for Sequence-Specific RNA Regulation. Cold Spring Harb Symp Quant Biol. 2020 Feb 21
  • publications Tu V, Mayoral J, Yakubu RR, Tomita T, Sugi T, Han B, Williams T, Ma Y, Weiss LM. MAG2, a Toxoplasma gondii Bradyzoite Stage-Specific Cyst Matrix Protein. mSphere. 2020 Feb 19
  • publications Hunter LE, Freudenberg-Hua Y, Davies P, Kim M, Lipton RB, Stewart WF, Srinivasan P, Hu S, Lipton ML. Associations of Apolipoprotein E ε4 Genotype and Ball Heading With Verbal Memory in Amateur Soccer Players. JAMA Neurol. 2020 Jan 27
  • publications Zahalka AH, Frenette PS. Nerves in cancer. Nat Rev Cancer. 2020 Jan 23
  • publications Hunter LE, Freudenberg-Hua Y, Davies P, Kim M, Fleysher R, Stewart WF, Lipton RB, Lipton ML. BDNF Val(66)Met Positive Players Demonstrate Diffusion Tensor Imaging Consistent With Impaired Myelination Associated With High Levels of Soccer Heading: Indication of a Potential Gene-Environment Interaction Mechanism. Front Neurol. 2019 Dec 11

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