Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)

Thesis Defense

Featured Student


Maria Kon

Living near each other in student housing, being in an MSTP class that is big enough to have an identity but small enough for individual attention, and working in a collaborative research environment results in a community spirit within Einstein's MSTP that cannot be matched.


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 499 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.

Our interview process for the class entering in 2024 will be entirely virtual. We will have an in person revisit for accepted applicants. To learn more about the Einstein community please view this short video Life at Einstein. 

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. Consistent with its focus on social justice, 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

  • Brett Bell NIH NRSA F30 Fellowship for a project entitled "Anti-Complement Immunotherapy for Pancreatic Cancer" (Sponsor, Chandan Guha, Pathology)
  • Erik Guillen NIH NRSA F31 Fellowship for a project entitled "Impact of T cell receptor signaling on memory CD8+ T cell stemness" (Sponsor, Gregoire Lauvau, Microbiology & Immunology)
  • Helen Jung NIH NRSA F30 Fellowship for a project entitled "Strategies for next-generation flavivirus vaccine development " (Sponsor, Jon Lai, Biochemistry)
  • Riana Lo Bu NIH NRSA F31 Fellowship for a project entitled " Dissecting GWAS Identified Risk Variants in Parkinson's Disease – Functional Role of GPNMB in the Pathogenesis of PD " (Sponsor, Frank Soldner, Neuroscience)
  • Vanessa Ruiz NIH NRSA F31 Fellowship for a project entitled "Characterizing subsets of HIV-infected and uninfected CD14+CD16+ monocytes that contribute to neuropathogenesis" (Sponsor, Joan Berman, Pathology)
  • Jessie Larios Valencia NIH NRSA F31 Fellowship for a project entitled "The Role of Dedifferentiation in Basal like Breast Cancer" (Sponsor, Wenjun Guo, Cell Biology)
  • Eric Sosa NIH NRSA F31 Fellowship for a project entitled "Defining the gene regulatory roles of non-coding variants in the pathogenesis of autism" (Sponsor, John Greally, Genetics)
  • Tram Nguyen NIH NRSA F30 Fellowship for a project entitled "Reward Function in Adolescents with Depression and Cannabis Use" (co-Sponsors,  Vilma Gabbay and Benjamin Ely, PCI-Neuroscience & Psychiatry)
  • Gabriel Bedard NIH NRSA F30 Fellowship for a project entitled "Rational design of anti-cancer therapeutics harnessing the synthetic lethality of methionine metabolism and arginine methyltransferases" (Sponsor,  Vern Schramm, Biochemistry)
  • Matanel Yheskel NIH NRSA F31 Fellowship for a project entitled "Epigenetic and transcriptional consequences of Intellectual Disability-associated mutations in the histone lysine demethylase KDM5" (Sponsor,  Julie Secombe, Genetics)
  • Andrea Bae NIH NRSA F30 Fellowship for a project entitled "Role of brain oscillations in midbrain and forebrain networks supporting stimulus selection in the sound localization pathway of barn owls" (Sponsor,  Jose Luis Pena, Neuroscience)
  • Jacob Stauber NIH NRSA F30 Fellowship for a project entitled "Understanding stem-cell evolution dynamics of donor clonal hematopoiesis in allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation at a single-cell level" (co-Sponsors,  John Greally and Ulrich Steidl, Genetics and Cell Biology)
  • Leti Nunez NIH NRSA F31 Fellowship for a project entitled "Determining the effect of RNA binding protein phosphorylation on mRNA fate" (Sponsor,  Robert Singer, Anatomy and Structural Biology)
  • Chris Nishimura NIH NRSA F30 Fellowship for a project entitled "Mechanistic Dissection and Therapeutic Targeting of B7x in Cancer" (Sponsor,  XingXing Zang, Microbiology & Immunology)
  • John "Jack" Barbaro NIH NRSA F30 Fellowship for a project entitled "Methamphetamine and Antiretroviral Therapy Impact Macrophage Functions and Macroautophagy: Implications for HIV Neuropathogenesis" (Sponsor,  Joan Berman, Pathology)
  • Ryan Graff NIH NRSA F30 Fellowship for a project entitled "Platelet PI3Kβ regulation of metastasis" (Sponsor,  Jonathan Backer and Anne Bresnick, Molecular Pharmacology)
  • 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)
  • Bianca Ulloa NIH NRSA F31 Fellowship for a project entitled "Deciphering the development of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cell self-renewal and differentiation" (Sponsor,  Teresa Bowman, Developmental & Molecular Biology)

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  • publications Su H, Mueller A, Goldstein H. Recent advances on anti-HIV chimeric antigen receptor-T-cell treatment to provide sustained HIV remission. Curr Opin HIV AIDS. 2024 May 2
  • publications Vercellino J, Małachowska B, Kulkarni S, Bell BI, Shajahan S, Shinoda K, Eichenbaum G, Verma AK, Ghosh SP, Yang WL, Frenette PS, Guha C. Thrombopoietin mimetic stimulates bone marrow vascular and stromal niches to mitigate acute radiation syndrome. Stem Cell Res Ther. 2024 Apr 29
  • publicationsReynolds JA, Pecorari IL, Ledet A, Agarwal V. High-Grade Glioma Recurrence Is Delayed in Hispanic Patients despite Severe Social Vulnerability: A Retrospective Cohort Study. Cancers (Basel). 2024 Apr 20
  • publications Bae AJ, Ferger R, JL. Peña. Auditory competition and coding of relative stimulus strength across midbrain space maps of Barn Owls. J Neurosci. 2024 Apr 25
  • publications Kreutzer AG*, Malonis RJ*, Parrocha CMT, Tong K, Guaglianone G, Nguyen JT, Diab MN, Lai JR, Nowick JS. Generation and Study of Antibodies against Two Triangular Trimers Derived from Aβ. Pept Sci (Hoboken). 2024 Mar (*contributed equally)
  • publicationsPiszczatowski RT, Buelow H, Steidl U. Heparan Sulfates and Heparan Sulfate Proteoglycans in Hematopoiesis. Blood. 2024 Mar 22
  • publicationsReynolds J, Huang M, Li Y, Meineck M, Moeckel T, Weinmann-Menke J, Mohan C, Schwarting A, Putterman C. Constitutive knockout of interleukin-6 ameliorates memory deficits and entorhinal astrocytosis in the MRL/lpr mouse model of neuropsychiatric lupus. J Neuroinflammation. 2024 Apr 10
  • publicationsYheskel M, Hatch HAM, Pedrosa E, Terry BK, Siebels AA, Zheng XY, Blok LER, Fencková M, Sidoli S, Schenck A, Zheng D, Lachman HM, Secombe J. KDM5-mediated transcriptional activation of ribosomal protein genes alters translation efficiency to regulate mitochondrial metabolism in neurons. Nucleic Acids Res. 2024 Apr 10

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