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Applying to the MSTP is as easy as 1-2-3
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Physician-Scientists Wanted!

Washington University's MSTP attracts the best physician-scientist trainees in the world. Do you have a desire to join 25 other bright, energetic, and committed individuals as part of the largest and best MSTP in the country? If so, complete the following simple steps:

1) Designate Washington University's MD-PhD on the AMCAS Application
2) Complete the AMCAS MD-PhD Essays
3) Complete the WUSOM Secondary Application

That is it! No separate MD-PhD application is needed.
We anticipate receiving ~500 applications this year, and will intervew ~100 individuals for a position in the program. While the application deadline is October 31, early application is strongly encouraged. Applicant review begins in July, and initial interview offers are tendered in August.

We welcome applications from all individuals interested in pursuing a career in academic medicine. Washington University holds the largest MSTP grant in the nation and provides full funding for U.S. and Non-U.S. citizens. Please visit our Admissions page for more information.
7/1/2017
  
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Live Streaming of Ceremonies
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​We celebrate the graduating MSTP class of 2017.  Please visit the below links for live streaming of the individual ceremonies:

PhD Hooding Ceremony- Thursday, May 18 @ 4pm
MD Ceremony- Friday, May 19 @ 3pm

Congratulations to all of the graduates!


5/10/2017
  
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MSTP Associate Director investigates gender imbalances among conference speakers​

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MSTP Associate Director, Robyn Klein, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Medicine, recently investigated programs for six major neuroimmunology conferences held in 2016 and discovered that the number of female speakers was significantly fewer than the number of male speakers. Furthermore, invited female speakers had significantly better credentials than their male counterparts.  Ultimately, her findings revealed that female scientists are often under-represented on organizing committees, and including more females on these committees improves the gender balance of invited speakers.  Click here​ to read more.

Check out the article in Nature here!​

5/10/2017
  
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​WUStL MSTP students attend annual conference in Chicago

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Every year since 2008, the MSTP sponsors a group of approximately 20 students to attend and present their research at the Joint Meeting of the American Physician Scientists Association (APSA), the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), and the Association of American Physicians (AAP).  Held annually in Chicago, Illinois, this is THE general interest meeting for academic physician-scientists and presents a networking opportunity for current MST's.  For more information on this conference, visit the joint meeting's website​.

WUStL's MSTP sent 22 students to this year's conference, which took place April 21-23, 2017.  Our students received 8 of the 51 travel awards given, and two MSTP students, Yedda Li and Joshua Alinger, received 2 of the 6 best poster awards.  We are very proud of their accomplishments!  Congratulations to the students and their mentors!

5/10/2017
  
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WUSTL MSTP is pleased to announce our 2017 residency matches

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​Dr. Matthew Brier, Allen, TX, U of Texas-Dallas
Residency:  Neurology, Barnes-Jewish

Dr. Anita Chary, Savoy, IL, U of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
Residency:  Emergency Mecicine, Massachusetts General

Dr. Edwin Chen, Troy, MI, Michigan State U
Residency:  Internal Medicine/ABIM Research Pathway, U of Pittsburgh

Dr. David Dadey, Basilia, Morehouse College
Residency:  Neurological Surgery, Stanford U

Dr. Jennifer Enright, Toledo, OH, U of Notre Dame
Residency:  Ophthalmology, Washington U

Dr. Baris Ercal, Rolla, MO, Harvard U
Residency: Psychiatry, Barnes-Jewish

Dr. Matthew Glasser, Atlanta, GA, Emory U
Residency:  Diagnostic Radiology/Research, Barnes Jewish

Dr. Carl Hacker, Leawood, KS, Case Western Reserve U
Residency:  Neurological Surgery, Barnes-Jewish

Dr. Miquia Henderson, Sierra Vista, AZ, U of Arizona
Residency:  Pediatrics, St. Louis Children's

Dr. Brandon Holmes, Houston, TX, Oberlin College
Residency:  Neurology, U of California-San Francisco

Dr. Katherine Holzem, Wisconsin Dells, WI, U of Pennsylvania
Residency:  Vascular Surgery, Barnes-Jewish

Dr. Xiaojing Huang, Princeton, NJ, Princeton U
Residency:  Radiation Oncology, Sloan Kettering

Dr. Andrew Jallouk, Oak Ridge, TN, Vanderbilt U
Residency:  Internal Medicine, Barnes-Jewish

Dr. Nicole Kretzer, Rockford, IL, U of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
Residency:  Obstetrics and Gynecology, U of Washington

Dr. Michael Lanier, Fayetteville, AR, Washington U
Residency:  Diagnostic Radiology, Barnes-Jewish

Dr. Timothy Laumann, Chicago, IL, Dartmouth College
Residency:  Psychiatry, Barnes-Jewish

Dr. Arthur Lee, Burnaby, BC, Canada, Harvard U
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Jeffrey Leong, Reno, NV, U of Nevada-Reno
Residency:  Psychiatry, U of California-Irvine

Dr. Christine Luo, San Jose, CA, U of California-San Diego
Residency:  Emergency Medicine, Ohio State U

Dr. Priya Pal, Tallahassee, FL, Florida State U
Residency:  Internal Medicine-Pediatrics, Tulane U

Dr. Sunmin Park, Seoul, South Korea, U of Pennsylvania
Residency:  Internal Medicine/ABIM Research Pathway, U of Pittsburgh

Dr. Joseph Planer, North Manchester, IN, Beloit College
Residency:  Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General

Dr. Tara Rao, Huntington, IN, Duke U
Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institutes of Health

Dr. David Russler-Germain, Potomac, MD, Stanford U
Residency:  Internal Medicine, Barnes-Jewish

Dr. Ellen Schill, Alexandria, VA, U of Virginia
Residency:  Pediatrics, St. Louis Children's

Dr. Nicholas Semenkovich, St. Louis, MO, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Residency:  Internal Medicine, Brigham & Women's

Dr. Sathish Subramanian, Lusaka, Zambia, U of Pennsylvania
Residency:  Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General

Dr. Diana Zhao, Boca Raton, FL, U of Chicago
Residency:  Internal Medicine, Barnes-Jewish


View more​ coverage of this exciting event!
Browse prior MSTP Residency lists.

3/22/2017
  
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Soon-to-be MD and MD/PHD grads prepare for their long awaited fates

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Match Day for the Class of 2017 will be held on Friday, March 17th, beginning at 11:00am in EPNEC Auditorium.

If you cannot attend but would like to experience this event, please watch the live feed here!

The feed should be live
by 10:55am that day.

3/17/2017
  
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MSTP alumnus gets approval on substance abuse app
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Pear Therapeutics, a tech company specializing in Digital Therapeutics, secures FDA approval for the first substance abuse treatment app. Pear's President & CEO, Corey McCann−2009 WUSTL MSTP alumnus−​explains that the app, reSET®, "has demonstrated improved abstinence and treatment retention in a randomized controlled clinical study." Read Pear's press release here. The technology was also recently featured in a CNBC tech article​.

Corey entered the MSTP in 2001, after earning a B.S. in Biology from Penn State. He completed a Ph.D. in Neurosciences, under the co-direction of Dr. Joshua Sanes and Dr. Jeff Lichtman. Following graduation of the MD-PhD degree in 2009, he took a position at the management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company.

1/21/2017
  
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Findings give hope for future retinal therapies

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In a manuscript published in the journal Cell Reports, MSTP Student, Jonathan Lin, and his thesis mentor, Dr. Rajendra S. Apte, have identified a pathway (NAD) involved in the damage of rods and cones in the retina.  The pathway could be a potential target for therapies for multiple retinal diseases.  

Jonathan joined the MSTP in 2012, after receiving a B.S. in Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology and a B.S. in Music from Emory University.  He is pursuing a Ph.D. in Neurosciences.

Read the story
here.
Read the manuscript​.

11/14/2016
  
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​MSTP student wins top award in national poetry contest  ​

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​WUSTL MSTP Student, Alexandra Houston-Ludlam, recently won second place in the national Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society’s (AOA) annual poetry contest.  Her piece, “My First Patient,” was written about her experiences from first-year anatomy lab.  Click here to read more.

Alexandra joined the MSTP in 2015, after receiving a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park.

11/11/2016
  
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Deadline is October 31st

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Applicants for the 2017 entering class should complete the AMCAS and WUSOM secondary as early as possible to maximize their chance of an interview.  The deadline for completion of the WUSOM secondary application for MD-PhD program applicants is October 31 at 11:59pm (Central Time Zone).  We will not accept any applications after the deadline.  Letters of recommendation should also be uploaded to AMCAS or submitted to WUSOM no later than November 4.

Interview invitations will be awarded on a rolling basis, beginning in August.  We anticipate that all interview slots will be filled by the third week of November.  Please apply early to assure full consideration of your application.​

10/28/2016
  
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​Limited availability Oct. 31st - Nov. 4th

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​The MSTP Office will be relocating to the 4th floor of the Medical Library during the week of October 31st through November 4th.  Please be aware that we will have limited access to email and phones during that time, so responses may be delayed.  We apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for your patience.  ​

10/28/2016
  
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​4th year MSTP students gather to celebrate their achievements

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While many of their MD-only colleagues acknowledged their final achievements at various social gatherings over the past few weeks, the MSTP entering class of 2012 gathered to celebrate their own achievements at the MSTP Ungraduation Party on Saturday, June 18th.  The annual dinner, which is hosted at the home of MSTP Director, Dr. Wayne Yokoyama, marks the half-way point of their training.

6/22/2016
  
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​Study shows that natural sugar may treat fatty liver disease

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​Dr. Brian DeBosch (2008) and his colleagues released new findings in the February 23rd issue of Science Signaling, showing that a natural sugar called trehalose triggers a cleansing process that reduces fat in the liver.  You can read more about this story here.

Dr. DeBosch matriculated at Washington University in 2001, after earning a B.S. in Molecular Cell Biology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  He completed a Ph.D. in Molecular Cell Biology under the direction of Dr. Anthony Muslin, of the Department of Internal Medicine.  After graduating in 2008 with the MD-PhD degree, he began residency training in Pediatrics at St. Louis Chidren's Hospital.  He completed a clinical fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology in 2011, and was appointed an instructor in 2014.

The full text can be found on the journal's website.

(Photo credit:  Robert Boston)

4/26/2016
  
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MSTP students prepare to take the next step
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The MSTP is pleased to announce the 2016 residency matches:

Dr. Daniel Brenner, Ann Arbor, MI, U of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Residency: Emergency Medicine, Johns Hopkins

Dr. Yee-Shiuan ChenToronto, ON, Canada, U of Toronto
Residency: Internal Medicine, Barnes-Jewish

Dr. Christopher Cole, Duluth MN, Indiana U-Bloomington
Residency: Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins

Dr. Matthew Crisp, Gaithersburg, MD, Washington College
Residency: Internal Medicine, Barnes-Jewish

Dr. Ryan Day, Springfield, LA, Millsaps College
Residency: Internal Medicine, Barnes-Jewish

Dr. Leslie Fogel, Overland Park, KS, Rice U
Residency: Pediatrics, St. Louis Children's

Dr. Josiah Gerdts, Sun Prarie, WI, U of Wisconsin-Madison
Residency: Neurology, U of California-San Francisco

Dr. Sarah Greene, Bronx, NY, Barnard College
Residency: Pediatrics, St. Louis Children's

Dr. Gary Hammen, Fonda, IA, U of Iowa
Residency: Anesthesiology, Barnes-Jewish

Dr. Emily Olfson, Brooklyn, NY, Oberlin College
Residency: Child & Adult Psychiatry, Yale U

Dr. Adam Searleman, Canton, NY, Clarkson U
Residency: Diagnostic Radiology/Research, U of California-San Diego

Dr. Marc Sherman, Cincinnati, OH, U of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Residency: Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General

Dr. Lulu Sun, St. Catherines, ON, Canada, McGill U
Residency: Pathology, Barnes-Jewish

Dr. Michel Sun, Randolph, NJ, Rutgers State U
Residency: Ophthalmology, U of California-Los Angeles

Dr. Teerawit Supakorndej, Athens, GA, U of Georgia-Athens
Residency: Dermatology, U of Pittsburgh

Dr. Jane Symington, St. Joseph, MO / Djibouti, Djibouti, Yale U
Residency: Pediatrics, U of California-San Francisco

Dr. Maria Trissal, Phoenix, AZ, U of Arizona
Residency: Pediatrics, Boston Children's

Dr. Mark Zaydman, Rochester, NY, Case Western Reserve U
Residency: Clinical Pathology, Barnes-Jewish


(Photo credit:  Ray Marklin)

3/18/2016
  
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WUStL MSTP alumni receive 2 of 14 awarded nationally

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​Jennifer Alexander-Brett (2007) and Kory Lavine (2008) have received Career Awards for Medical Students from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.  These highly ​competitive awards provide $700,000 in funding over five years to allow physician-scientists to transition between advanced fellowship training to faculty positions.  Fourteen awardees were announced for 2015.  Dr. Alexander-Brett and Dr. Kory Lavine join six previous Washington University MSTP alumni in receiving this award.

Dr. Alexander-Brett matriculated at Washington University in 1999, after earning a B.S. in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  She completed a Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics under the direction of Dr. Daved Fremont, of the Department of Pathology and Immunology.  After graduating in 2007 with the MD-PhD degree, she began residency training in internal medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.  She completed a clinical fellowship in pulmonary and critical care, and was appointed an instructor in 2014.

Dr. Lavine entered the MSTP in 2001, after earning a B.S. in Cell Biology from the University of Rochester.  He completed a Ph.D. in Developmental Biology under the direction of Dr. David Ornitz, of the Department of Developmental, Regenerative and Stem Cell Biology.  Following graduation with the MD-PhD degree in 2008, Dr. Lavine trained in internal medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.  He subsequently completed a clinical fellowship in cardiology, and was appointed an instructor earlier this year.

Get more of the story in the Washington University Record​.

12/9/2015
  
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Avik Som connects with Nobel Laureates while building partnerships with fellow young scientists
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​After a competitive application process, MSTP Student, Avik Som, was selected to attend the prestigious international Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau Germany.  Avik was a member of the American delegation, sponsored by Oak Ridge Associated University.  The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting provides an opportunity for 200 young scientists from around the world, across the fields of Physics, Chemistry, and Medicine to meet with over 65 Nobel Laureates.

The 65th Annual Meeting was held on June 26-July 3, 2015.  At this meeting, Avik was able to meet with multiple Nobel Laureates, including Harold E. Varmus, J. Michael Bishop, and Elizabeth H. Blackburn. Perhaps most valuable were the interactions with peers and established investigators from around the world. Several collaborations have begun between  the labs of the Nobel Laureates and the young scientists that attended the meeting.  The MSTP recognizes the importance of networking with investigators outside of Washington University, and outside on one's scientific discipline.  To foster the latter, the MSTP sends the largest delegation of students to the annual AAP-ASCI-APSA Joint Meeting, which is the pre-eminent meeting in the nation for physician scientists.

Avik is pursuing a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering in the laboratory of Dr. Samuel Achilefu.  Avik joined the MSTP in 2011, after receiving a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. 


Highlights from the meeting can be found here.

(Photo credit:  Christian Flemming/Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings)

10/28/2015
  
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​Honor is considered highest in medicine

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Dr. Michael Green was elected to the National Academy of Medicine at the organization’s annual meeting on October 19, 2015.  Election to the Academy is considered among the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine, and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding profession achievement and commitment to service.  Dr. Green is currently a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Amherst.  He is also the Chair of the Department of Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology, and Director of the Cancer Center. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2014.

10/20/2015
  
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​Entering MSTP's recite the student oath

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​It was a joyous occasion for the 2015 Entering Class as family and friends gathered to witness the first symbolic step in the medical profession.  WUSM's White Coat Ceremony was held on Friday, August 14th.  Click here​ to view photos from the event!


2015 MSTP Entering Class:

Derek Barisas
Zachary Beller
Samuel Brunwasser
Robert Chen
Christopher Chermside-Scabbo
Rachel Dvorak
Steven Grigsby
Jeffrey Hansen
Alexandra Houston-Ludlam
Po Wei Kang
Varintra Krisnawan
Manasi Malik
Russell Moore
Sebastian Nasamu
Maximilian Schaettler
Jordan Shaw
Kevin Tamadonfar
Emma Winkler
Renee Wu​

8/24/2015
  
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​Congratulations MSTP Graduates!

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Commencement ceremonies were held Friday, May 15.  23 MSTP graduates were presented with joint MD-PhD degrees this year, bringing the  total number of alumni to 591.  We wish all our graduates the best in this next step of their lives.

Marie Bosch
Susan Canny
David Cotter
Adnan Elhammali
Reece Goiffon
Kirk Hou
Sarah (Katie) Ihnen
Ramon Jin
Wumesh KC
Jonathan Lake
Elise Lu
Hailyn Nielsen
Pankaj Pal
Stephen Persaud
Carolyn Purgert
Robert Purgert
Anjali Rohatgi
Drew Schwartz
Leonid Shmuylovich
Michael Triebwasser
Julia Warren
Sandra Williams
Elizabeth Wright-Jin

5/21/2015
  
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Method may aid in treating cancer, heart disease, and arthritis
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​MSTP Student, Kirk Hou​, has discovered an innovative way to manipulate proteins in cells.  Click here to read more.

Kirk joined the MSTP 2007, after receiving B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University.  He completed his Ph.D. thesis "Melittin-Derived Peptides for siRNA Delivery:  Mechanisms of Efficient Cytoplasmic Release​" in Computational and Molecular Biophysics and will be graduating in May 2015.

5/14/2015
  
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Student parody offers glimpse into life as a first year
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​The WUSTL Medical School Class of 2018 recently shared their version of "Uptown Funk", titled, "First Year Funk"​.  The lighthearted parody gives insight into life as a first-year medical student at WUSTL.  

5/14/2015
  
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MSTP student findings may help prevent nerve axon degeneration

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​​In a manuscript published in the journal Science, MSTP student, Josiah Gerdts, and his thesis mentor, Dr. Jeffrey Milbrandt, have identified a major pathway in axon degeneration.  This finding provides a foundation for the development of treatments in neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and ALS.  


Josiah joined the MSTP in 2007, after receiving his B.S. in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He completed his Ph.D. thesis “Molecular studies of SARM1, an axonal self-destruction switch” in Neuroscience and is currently finishing his last year of clinical training.  Josiah will graduate in May 2016.

Read the story in the Washington University Record​.
Read the manuscript. ​

5/1/2015
  
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​The Annual MSTP Student Retreat​ was held on Saturday, April 18 at Rend Lake Resort in Whittington, IL.   The event was kicked off by this year's Keynote Speaker, WUSTL MSTP Alumnus, Dr. David Loftus (1989), Medical Director, Space Biosciences Division at NASA.

Students in the program, from bench to bedside, joined in on the day's events by presenting their current research to the MSTP community thru talks and posters.  Faculty and students submitted their ballots for awards honoring "Best Talk" and "Best Poster".  This year's winners were:

Stephen Linderman- 2015 Best Talk
Patrick Olson- 2015 Best Poster

Student-organized relay competitions filled the afternoon break with lots of opportunity for laughs and demonstration of athletic prowess amongst the classes.  All in all, the event was a huge success and allowed the students, faculty, and staff to gather together at a location outside of lab to enjoy science, camaraderie, and the beautiful weather!​

5/1/2015
  
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MSTP students prepare to take the next step
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​The MSTP is pleased to announce the 2015 residency matches:

Dr. Marie Bosch Kennesaw, GA, Emory U
Psychiatry, Barnes-Jewish 

Dr. Susan Canny Hamden, CT, Stanford U
Pediatrics, Stanford U

Dr. David Cotter Las Vegas, NV, U of Las Vegas-Nevada
Dermatology, U of California-San Diego

Dr. Adnan Elhammali Atlanta, GA, Georgia Institute of Technology
Radiation Oncology, U of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Dr. Reece Goiffon Shoreview, MN, U of Wisconsin-Madison
Diagnostic Radiology, Massachusetts General

Dr. Kirk Hou Chesterfield, MO, Princeton U
Ophthalmology, U of California-Los Angeles

Dr. Sarah (Katie) Ihnen Cincinnati, OH, Indiana U-Bloomington
Pediatrics, St. Louis Children's

Dr. Ramon Jin Cleveland, OH, Case Western Reserve U
Internal Medicine, Barnes-Jewish

Dr. Wumesh KC Kathmandu, Nepal, U of Colorado-Boulder
Internal Medicine-ABIM Research, U of Pennsylvania

Dr. Jonathan Lake Parsippany, NJ, Cornell U
Internal Medicine-ABIM Research, U of Pennsylvania

Dr. Elise Lu Columbia, MO, U of Rochester
Pediatrics, U of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Dr. Hailyn Nielsen Des Moines, IA, U of Iowa
Internal Medicine, U of California-San Francisco

Dr. Pankaj Pal Tallahassee, FL, Florida State U
Internal Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess

Dr. Stephen Persaud Fredonia, NY, Cornell U
Pathology, Barnes-Jewish

Dr. Robert Purgert Cleveland, OH, Johns Hopkins U
Ophthalmology, Cleveland Clinic-Cole Eye Institute

Dr. Anjali Rohatgi Novi, MI, Michigan State U
Internal Medicine, Barnes-Jewish

Dr. Drew Schwartz Waverly Hall, GA, Duke U
Pediatrics, St. Louis Children's

Dr. Leonid Shmuylovich Newton, MA, Cornell U
Dermatology, Barnes-Jewish

Dr. Michael Triebwasser Cincinnati, OH, U of Wisconsin-Madison
Pediatrics, U of Michigan

Dr. Julia Warren Summit, NJ, U of Chicago
Pediatrics, St. Louis Children's

Dr. Sandra Williams San Juan, PR, U of Chicago
Internal Medicine PSTP, Yale U

Dr. Elizabeth Wright-Jin Albuquerque, NM, U of New Mexico-Albuquerque
Pediatrics, St. Louis Children's

3/20/2015
  
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IDEA Labs brings science and technology to the bedside​

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​In an article appearing in Nature Biotechnology, MSTP students Avik Som, Steve Linderman, and Josh Siegel​, along with co-author Tauseef Charanya, describe IDEA Labs, an innovative, cross-disciplinary program they founded in 2012 that connects engineering students with clinicians and entrepreneurs to overcome bottlenecks in moving ideas from the lab to application.  In addition, IDEA Labs provides graduate and undergraduate students with real-life experience in working on a creative team to develop and commercialize solutions for use in patient settings.  Get the full story here​.

Read more about IDEA Labs in a Washington University Record article​.

10/10/2014
  
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​Central West End named a top neighborhood in the U.S.

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​According to the American Planning Association (APA), St. Louis's Central West End has made the 2014 List of Great Neighborhoods! This list is based on a number of geographic, demographic, and social characteristics

Visit the Central West End website here​.

More information about St. Louis and it's surrounding areas can be found on the Student Life portion of our website.

10/7/2014
  
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​MSTP student lead author in study

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​In a manuscript published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, MSTP student Emily Olfson demonstrated that when it comes down to peer pressure vs. genetics in teen alcoholism, peer pressure wins.  Though gene variant ADH1B may protect some from alcoholism, it's protective effects disappear when teens hang around their drinking cohorts.

Emily is pursuing a Ph.D. in Human and Statistical Genetics in the laboratory of Dr. Laura Bierut​.  Emily joined the MSTP in 2010, after completing a B.A. in Biology and Mathematics at Oberlin College.  She wil defend her thesis in November 2014 and will return to the clinical portion of her training to complete the M.D.


Read the story in the Washington University Record.

Read the story at CBS News.

9/25/2014
  
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​Retectix, LLC readies surgical mesh for clinical trials

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​MSTP student, Matthew MacEwan, partnered with former Washington University postdoctoral researcher, JingWei Xie, Ph.D., have revolutionized the surgical mesh used in operating rooms.  The material is thin and flexible, making it not only easy for surgeons to work with but also an aid in decreasing the possibility of complications.  Matthew's company, Retectix LLC, has already tested the safety of the mesh in some preliminary studies.  The product is currently being tested in animal models, with hopes that clinical trials will begin late this year.  

Matthew is pursuing a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering​; working with Dr. Daniel Moran.  He hopes to defend his thesis by January 2015, at which time he will return to the clinical phase of his training to complete the M.D.

Read the story in the Washington University Outlook Magazine.

9/24/2014
  
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​MSTP student discovery using the RANKL protein

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In a manuscript published in Science Signaling, MSTP student, Julia  Warren​, worked with WUSTL researchers to engineer a RANKL protein that enabled them to independently control receptor binding at each binding interface. This selective approach produced findings that may help prevent infection and cancer in the current treatment of autoimmune disorderes and bone loss.

Julia joined the MSTP in 2007, after receiving her B.A. in Biology from the University of Chicago.  She completed her Ph.D. thesis in Immunology while working in the laboratory of Dr. Steven Teitelbaum.  Julia is currently finishing her last year of clinical training and will graduate in May 2015.

Read the story in the Washington University Record​.
Read the manuscript.
9/23/2014
  
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The weather in itself proved that year's retreat was sure to be one of the best!  The Annual MSTP Student Retreat was held on Saturday, April 12 at the historic Pere Marquette Lodge in Grafton, IL.   Unlike last year, the Mississippi River stayed within its banks and the balmy weather was a welcomed break from a winter that lasted too long.

The event was kicked off by this year's Keynote Speaker, WUSTL MSTP Alumnus, Dr. Andrew Chan (1986), Senior Vice President of Research Biology at Genentech.  

Students in the program, from bench to bedside, joined in on the day's events by presenting their current research to the MSTP community thru talks and posters.  Faculty and students submitted their ballots for awards honoring "Best Talk" and "Best Poster".  This year's winners were:

Matthew Crisp- 2014 Best Talk
Jennifer Enright- 2014 Best Talk
Mitsukuni Yoshida- 2014 Best Poster

Student-organized relay competitions filled the afternoon break with lots of opportunity for laughs and demonstration of athletic prowess amongst the classes.  All in all, the event was a huge success and allowed the students, faculty, and staff to gather together at a location outside of lab to enjoy science, camaraderie, and the great outdoors!
5/6/2014
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