Medical Scientist Training Program



In the News:


September 9, 2014

Joanna Mattis (entering '07) Stanford scientists reveal complexity in the brain's wiring diagram


August 27, 2014

Andrew Lee (entering '07)
New Palo Alto lab for life science startups

StartX & QB3 Launch Lab for Life Science and Medical Technology Entrepreneurs



Congratulations on Your Defense!

Lorenzo Deveza
“Non-viral Engineered Stem Cells for Therapeutic Angiogenesis”
July 30, 2014

Gloria Yiu
“Interferon Signaling in Lupus-Prone Mice and Systemic Lupus Erythematous”
June 30, 2014

Roxana Daneshjou
“Towards Personalized Medicine in Understudied Populations: Coagulation and Anti-Coagulation in African Americans”
July 1, 2014

Michelle Rengarajan
"The influence of host cell biology on bacterial infection: Listeria monocytogenes and the vascular endothelium."
June 6, 2014

Jack Wang
"What is the Molecular Mechanism of Axon Degeneration?"
May 23, 2014

Ron Alfa
"Suppression of insulin production and secretion by a decretin hormone"
May, 23, 2014

Sergio Arroyo
"Mechanisms underlying state-dependent modulation of cortical activity"
May 19, 2014

Ryan Jackson
"Rotational Axes and Lever Arms for the Middle-ear Ossicles of Several Land Mammals"
April 18, 2014

Alisa Mueller
"Molecular regulation of muscle-resident mesenchymal stem cells"
April 18, 2014


group shot at the annual conference in santa cruz
MSTP in Santa Cruz April 2014




Please welcome new Directors
Katrin Chua and Catherine Blish

photo of Katrin Chuaphoto of Catherine Blish

Dean Minor and MSTP Directors PJ Utz and Matthew Porteus are pleased to announce that Katrin Chua, MD, PhD has been selected as an MSTP Associate Director. Katrin is a superb physician scientist in the Division of Endocrinology where her lab is focused on epigenetics and related pathways. In addition to Dr. Chua, Dean Minor and the MSTP Directors have identified Catherine Blish, MD, PhD as an MSTP Assistant Director. Dr. Blish, an Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, studies natural killer and other immune cells and their role in infectious diseases. She will be mentored by all MSTP Directors with a goal to join the MSTP Directorate in the future. Please welcome these talented new Directors to the MSTP. Both will be introduced more formally at an upcoming Physician Scientist Hour (PhySH) event.



Aaron Ring (entering '08) and Kipp Weiskopf (entering '08) are named first place winners in the Collegiate Inventors Competition.




More News

Welcome to the Stanford MSTP where you will find a rich environment and unparalleled opportunities for developing a career dedicated to biomedical research.

You may already be familiar with Stanford's tradition and reputation for academic excellence, scientific innovation, and stunning environment; in addition, there are some very special aspects to the program. Stanford is a true University, with Schools of Medicine, Engineering, and Humanities & Sciences located on a single campus that facilitates and encourages interaction between scientists from different disciplines. It was the thesis work of a former MSTP student that helped provide the impetus for the development of the Bio-X program and the Clark Center, which bridges the life, physical, and mathematical sciences to address current challenges in medicine and biology with new ways of thinking.

Medical school at Stanford—for MSTP and non-MSTP students alike—is also unique. With major clinical training centers in tertiary care, county hospital, and HMO settings, our students learn about different types of patient care and how best to care for their patients. Most Stanford students spend an extra year pursuing interests in laboratory research, public health, or community service; as an MSTP student you will be surrounded by colleagues whose interests go beyond a traditional curriculum.

Finally, Stanford has a well-deserved reputation for interaction, cooperation, and collegiality that extends across educational levels (staff and faculty), training programs (departmental and interdisciplinary), and Schools (medicine and computer science). On a bike ride through campus, or a walk to the "Dish," you will encounter fellow students, Deans, and Nobel laureates, all of whom hold in common a love for an intellectual environment that fosters creativity, critical thinking, and discussion.

Stanford MSTP students join a community of scientists dedicated to biomedical research; the group is global but the degrees of separation are few. Welcome to that community!


PJ Utz, MD
Director, MSTP
Professor, Medicine - Immunology and Rheumatology

Matthew Porteus, MD, PhD
Associate Director, MSTP
Associate Professor, Pediatrics - Hematology/Oncology

Katrin Chua, MD, PhD
Associate Director, MSTP
Associate Professor, Medicine - Endocrinology, Gerontology and Metabolism

Catherine Blish, MD, PhD
Assistant Director, MSTP
Assistant Professor, Medicine - Infectious Disease

Julien Sage, PhD
Associate Director Admissions, MSTP
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, and Genetics          





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