Research Collaborate Lab Bench

Medical Scientist Training Program

Visiting Alumni and Faculty

MSTP Visiting Alumni and Faculty

Contacts between students and visiting professors can also play a role in the residency selection process. Trainees have the opportunity to discuss their research and receive impressions from someone who may be in a closely related area or using techniques that may be applicable.

Speakers are either student-invited or are faculty that have been invited to campus.

Previous Faculty Speakers

Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, MAS
Chair, Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Vice Dean, Population Health and Health Equity
Professor, Epidemiology & Biostatistics
University of California, San Francisco
Co-founder, UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
Research: Enhancing Resident Investigation and Career Advancement in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Science

Gerard Blobe, MD, PhD
Professor, Medicine, Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
Duke University School of Medicine
Research: Transforming growth factor-ß (TGF-ß) superfamily signal transduction pathways

Linda Bockenstead, MD
Professor, Medicine, Rheumatology
Deputy Dean, Faculty Affairs
Yale School of Medicine
Research: Pathogenesis of Lyme disease

Toni Darville, MD
Professor, Pediatrics and Microbiology & Immunology
Chief, Pediatric Infectious Disease
Vice Chair of Research, Pediatrics
Scientific Director, Children’s Research Institute
Co-Director, MD-PhD Program
UNC Children’s School of Medicine
Research: Pathogenesis of genital tract disease due to Chlamydia trachomatis

Sarah England, PhD
Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Vice Chair, Research
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Research: Molecular mechanisms underlying uterine function during pregnancy

David Fowler, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical
Chief, Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Pittsburgh

Peter Hotez, MD, PhD
Professor, Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology
Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine
Director, Texas Children’s Center for Vaccine Development
Research: Developing new vaccines for hookworm infection, schistosomiasis, and Chagas disease, and SARS/MERS

Ann Klopp, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Radiation Oncology
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
MCW MSTP Alumni
Research: Understanding effects of the microenvironment on the biology of gynecologic cancers, including host stromal cells which infiltrate cancers and microbial organisms which infect mucosal cancers

John Leong, MD, PhD
Edith Rieva and Hyman S. Trilling Professor
Chair, Molecular Biology & Microbiology
Tufts University School of Medicine
Research: Investigate three bacterial pathogens to understand the host-microbe interactions that promote colonization and disease, and then, during resolution of infection, mediate microbial clearance

Jonathan Lin, MD, PhD
Professor, Pathology and Ophthalmology
Director, Eye Pathology
Director, Ophthalmic Pathology Fellowship
Ophthalmologist
Stanford University
Research: Endoplasmic reticulum

Robert McLaren, MD, DPhil
Professor, Ophthalmology
Co-founder, Nightstar Therapeutics
University of Oxford
Research: Finding new treatments for blindness, particularly in patients with incurable retinal diseases, using stem cell-based approaches, gene therapy or electronic retinas

Sachin Patel, MD, PhD
Professor, Psychiatry, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Director, Division of Addiction Psychiatry
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
MCW MSTP Alumni
Research: Elucidating the neurobiological mechanisms of central stress responses relevant to stress- and trauma-related psychiatric disorders

Qizhen Shi, MD, PhD
Professor, Pediatrics
Senior Investigator
Medical College of Wisconsin
Research: Platelet-derived FVIII gene therapy of hemophilia A

David A. Relman, MD
Professor of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine
Chief, Infectious Diseases – VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Stanford University
Research: human indigenous microbiota and on diversity, assembly, stability, and resilience of the human microbial ecosystem, as well as the identification of previously-unrecognized microbial agents of disease

Alfredo Sadun, MD, PhD
Professor, Ophthalmology & Neurological Surgery
Chair, Ophthalmology & Neurological Surgery
Doherty Eye Institute, Keck School of Medicine at University of South Carolina
Research: Human visual neuroanatomy, retinal ganglion cell degeneration and regeneration, and axon populations in the human optic nerve in development, aging and disease

Ulrich Steidl, MD, PhD
Professor, Cell Biology and Medicine (Oncology)
Director, Stem Cell Isolation & Xenotransplantation Facility Ruth L. and David S. Gottesman Institute for Stem Cell Research &
Regenerative Medicine
Leader, Stem Cells Differentiation and Cancer Program Albert Einstein Cancer Center
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Research: Hematopoiesis; cancer; stem cell origin of cancer; leukemia; AML; MDS; MPN; hematopoietic stem cells (HSC); preleukemic stem cells; transcription; transcription dynamics; molecular noise; epigenetics; targeted therapy; drug development; translational comp

Melissa Wagner-Schuman, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychiatry
Co-Director, Women’s Mental Health Clinical Services, Psychiatry
University of Illinois at Chicago
MCW MSTP Alumni
Research: Work with women and children and hopefully develop treatment models that help reduce the accumulation of ACEs in families

Joseph Takahashi, PhD
Professor, Neuroscience
Chair, Neuroscience
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Institute

Norman Taylor, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Anesthesiology
University of Utah School of Medicine
MCW, MSTP Alumni
Research: Chronic postoperative pain: Genetic and neural circuit mechanisms