Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)

Medical Scientist Training Program

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Tsoni Peled

My favorite aspect of Einstein as a whole is the student-run free clinic, ECHO. As a first year, I worked at the front desk. As a second year, I took a position on the administrative board, which gave me invaluable experience in the issues involved in running a clinical practice. Now, while working on my thesis, I am concerned about keeping my clinical skills sharp, so I volunteer at the ECHO Free Clinic a few Saturdays a month.

 

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 435 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.

Awards & Accomplishments

  • Liane Hunter NIH NRSA F31 Fellowship for a project entitled "Identifying Biomarkers that Modify Outcomes in Soccer Heading" (Sponsor,  Michael Lipton, PhD in Clinical Investigation)
  • Justin Wheat NIH NRSA F30 Fellowship for a project entitled "Uncovering Transcriptional Regulation of a Master Hematopoietic Transcription Factor at Single Molecule Resolution" (Sponsor,  Ulrich Steidl & Robert Singer, Cell Biology and Anatomy & Structural 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)
  • Ross Firestone NIH NRSA F30 Fellowship for a project entitled "Designing Novel Anti-Cancer Therapeutics: Targeting Methionine Metabolism" (Sponsor,  Vern Schramm, Biochemistry)
  • Ali Zahalka NIH NRSA F30 Fellowship for a project entitled "Contributions of sympathetic signals to prostate cancer progression" (Sponsor,  Paul Frenette, Cell 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)
  • Ruth Howe, NIH NRSA F30 Fellowship for a project entitled "Characterizing the Novel Protein C15ORF65" (Sponsor,  Ulrich Steidl, Cell Biology)
  • Marika Osterbur, NIH NRSA F30 Fellowship for a project entitled "Extra-coding features of mRNA are essential for hERG channel function" (Sponsor, Thomas McDonald, Molecular Pharmacology)
  • Karin Skalina, NIH NRSA F30 Fellowship for a project entitled "Optimization of non-ablative focused ultrasound therapy for tumor immunity" (Sponsor, Chandan Guha, Pathology)
  • Michael Willcockson, NIH NRSA F30 Fellowship for a project entitled "Regulators of the erythroid terminal differentiation decision and their connection to the cell cycle" (Sponsor, Art Skoultchi, Cell Biology)
  • Nelson Gil, NIH NRSA F31 Fellowship for a project entitled "The molecular basis of receptor-ligand recognition on the immunological synapse" (Sponsor, Andras Fiser, Systems & Computational Biology)
  • Kim Ohaegbulam, NIH NRSA F31 Fellowship for a project entitled "Tumor expressed B7x accelerates disease and is a novel target for immunotherapy" (Sponsor, Xingxing Zang, Microbiology & Immunology)
  • Jennifer Schloss, NIH NRSA F30 Fellowship for a project entitled "Use of beta cell epitopes in preventing type 1 diabetes in humanized mice" (Sponsor, Teresa DiLorenzo, Microbiology & Immunology)

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Publications

  • publicationsGil N, Fiser A. Identifying Functionally Informative Evolutionary Sequence Profiles. Bioinformatics. 2017 Dec 1.
  • publicationsPyronneau A, He Q, Hwang JY, Porch M, Contractor A, Zukin RS. Aberrant Rac1-cofilin signaling mediates defects in dendritic spines, synaptic function, and sensory perception in fragile X syndrome. Sci Signal. 2017 Nov 7.
  • publicationsZahalka AH, Arnal-Estapé A, Maryanovich M, Nakahara F, Cruz CD, Finley LWS, Frenette PS. Adrenergic nerves activate an angio-metabolic switch in prostate cancer. Science. 2017 Oct 20.
  • publicationsAneke-Nash CS, Xue X, Qi Q, Biggs ML, Cappola A, Kuller L, Pollak M, Psaty BM, Siscovick D, Mukamal K, Strickler HD, Kaplan RC. The Association between IGF-I and IGFBP-3 and Incident Diabetes in an Older Population of Men and Women in the Cardiovascular Health Study. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2017 Oct 12.
  • publicationsFirestone RS, Schramm VL. The Transition-State Structure for Human MAT2A from Isotope Effects. J Am Chem Soc. 2017 Oct 4.
  • publicationsOhaegbulam KC, Liu W, Jeon H, Almo SC, Zang X. Tumor-expressed immune checkpoint B7x promotes cancer progression and antigen-specific CD8 T cell exhaustion and suppressive innate immune cells. Oncotarget. 2017 Sep 20.
  • publicationsBowen A, Wear M, Casadevall A. Antibody-mediated Catalysis in Infection and Immunity. Infect Immun. 2017 Jul 3.

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