Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)

Thesis Defense

Featured Student


Ian Baine

I chose Einstein because its program challenges me in unique ways while accommodating my individual needs. And with such a friendly and active student body, Einstein's MSTP is not only a wonderful place to learn science and medicine, you'll have fun here too and make great friends.


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

  • 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)
  • Ian MacArthur NIH NRSA F30 Fellowship for a project entitled "Epigenetic regulation of neural stem cell biology by Tet DNA dioxygenases" (Sponsor,  Meelad Dawlaty, Genetics)
  • 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)
  • Henrietta Bains NIH NRSA F31 Fellowship for a project entitled "How does mTOR sense lipid in vivo" (Sponsor,  Rajat Singh, Developmental & Molecular Biology)
  • Julio Flores NIH NRSA F31 Fellowship for a project entitled "Epigenetic regulation of stem cells and development by the DNA dioxygenase Te2" (Sponsor,  Meelad Dawlaty, Genetics)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)

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  • publications Yin P, Davenport BJ, Wan JJ, Kim AS, Diamond MS, Ware BC, Tong K, Couderc T, Lecuit M, Lai JR, Morrison TE, Kielian M. Chikungunya virus cell-to-cell transmission is mediated by intercellular extensions in vitro and in vivo. Nat Microbiol. 2023 Aug 17
  • publications Tang LTH*, Lee GA*, Cook SJ, Ho J, Potter CC, Bülow HE. Anatomical restructuring of a lateralized neural circuit during associative learning by asymmetric insulin signaling. Curr Biol. 2023 Aug 10 (*contributed equally)
  • publications Martinez-Lopez N, Mattar P, Toledo M, Bains H, Kalyani M, Aoun ML, Sharma M, McIntire LBJ, Gunther-Cummins L, Macaluso FP, Aguilan JT, Sidoli S, Bourdenx M, Singh R. mTORC2-NDRG1-CDC42 axis couples fasting to mitochondrial fission. Nat Cell Biol. 2023 Jul
  • publications Lee JH, Wood JM, Almo SC, Evans GB, Harris LD, Grove TL. Chemoenzymatic Synthesis of 3'-Deoxy-3',4'-didehydro-cytidine triphosphate (ddhCTP). ACS Bio Med Chem Au. 2023 Jul 25
  • publications Mahmoodi N, Minnow YVT, Harijan RK, Bedard GT, Schramm VL. Cell-Effective Transition-State Analogue of Phenylethanolamine N-Methyltransferase. Biochemistry. 2023 Jul 19
  • publications Zhao Y, Wang Y, Shi L, McDonald-McGinn DM, Crowley TB, McGinn DE, Tran OT, Miller D, Lin JR, Zackai E, Johnston HR, Chow EWC, Vorstman JAS, Vingerhoets C, van Amelsvoort T, Gothelf D, Swillen A, Breckpot J, Vermeesch JR, Eliez S, Schneider M, van den Bree MBM, Owen MJ, Kates WR, Repetto GM, Shashi V, Schoch K, Bearden CE, Digilio MC, Unolt M, Putotto C, Marino B, Pontillo M, Armando M, Vicari S, Angkustsiri K, Campbell L, Busa T, Heine-Suñer D, Murphy KC, Murphy D, García-Miñaúr S, Fernández L; International 22q11.2 Brain and Behavior Consortium (IBBC); Zhang ZD, Goldmuntz E, Gur RE, Emanuel BS, Zheng D, Marshall CR, Bassett AS, Wang T, Morrow BE. Chromatin regulators in the TBX1 network confer risk for conotruncal heart defects in 22q11.2DS. NPJ Genom Med. 2023 Jul 18
  • publications Flores JC, Sidoli S, Dawlaty MM. Tet2 regulates Sin3a recruitment at active enhancers in embryonic stem cells. iScience. 2023 Jun 17
  • publications Young D, Guha C, Sidoli S. The role of histone H3 lysine demethylases in glioblastoma. Cancer Metastasis Rev. 2023 Jun 8
  • publications Folgado-Marco V, Ames K, Chuen J, Gritsman K, Baker NE. Haploinsufficiency of the essential gene Rps12 causes defects in erythropoiesis and hematopoietic stem cell maintenance. Elife. 2023 Jun 5
  • publications Kreutzer AG, Guaglianone G, Yoo S, Parrocha CMT, Ruttenberg SM, Malonis RJ, Tong K, Lin YF, Nguyen JT, Howitz WJ, Diab MN, Hamza IL, Lai JR, Wysocki VH, Nowick JS. Probing differences among Aβ oligomers with two triangular trimers derived from Aβ. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2023 May 30
  • publications Flores JC, Ito K, Huang CY, Tang Q, Yanase C, Ito K, Dawlaty MM. Comparative analysis of Tet2 catalytic deficient and knockout bone marrow over time. Exp Hematol. 2023 May 22

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