MSTP Students

Every year, 8 to 10 students from diverse and varied backgrounds join the Stanford MSTP. In the past 50 years our program has trained more than 340 physician-scientists who have become leaders in modern biomedical research (Click to view  Alumni). 

Thesis Defenses

Current MD PhD Students

Our students listed below are grouped by the year they entered the program. Under their name we have listed their undergraduate institution, their Stanford thesis laboratory, and the Stanford graduate program or department they have joined.

2019

  • Joshua Carter
        Montana State University-Bozeman
  • Henry Cousins
        Harvard University
  • Ibtihal Elfaki
        Brown University
  • Brian Garcia Rodriguez
        Florida International University
  • Matthew Grieshop
        University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Leandra Jackson
        University of California, Irvine
  • Kwat Medetgul-Ernar
        
    University of California, San Diego
  • Samantha Scharenberg
        Stanford University 
  • Emily Trimm
        University of Pennsylvania

2018

  • Gita Abhiraman
        Harvard University
  • Harrison Besser
        Harvard University
  • Preksha Bhagchandani
        MIT
  • Quenton Bubb
        Johns Hopkins University
  • Tejas Dharmaraj
        Johns Hopkins University
  • Charlotte Herber
        Yale University
  • Daniel Dan Liu
        Princeton University
  • Tara Murty
        Harvard University 
  • Chelsea Nnebe
        Howard University
  • Olivia Yu Zhou
        University of Pennyslvania

2017

  • Shannon Choi
        University of California-Davis
          Lab of Calvin Kuo, MD, PhD
  • Madeline Cooper
        Harvard University
          Lab of Brad Zuchero, PhD
  • Lori Dershowitz
        Harvard University
          Lab of Julia Kaltschmidt, PhD
  • Isaac Jackson
        University of Michigan
          Lab of Michelle James, PhD
  • Samuel Kim
        Princeton University
          Lab of Gerald Crabtree, MD
  • Shamik Mascharak
        Stanford University
          Lab of Michael Longaker, MD
  • Aditya Mukund
        Duke University
          Lab of Lacramioara Bintu, PhD

2016

  • Alvaro Amorin
        University of California, Berkeley
         Labs of Natalia Gomez Ospina, MD, PhD & Matt Porteus, MD, PhD
          Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine
  • Timothy Chai
        UC Los Angeles
         Lab of Irving Weissman, MD
          Program in Cancer Biology
  • Anthony Cordova
        Stanford University
         Lab of Lingyin Li, PhD
          Program in Cancer Biology
  • Maria Filsinger Interrante
        Stanford University
         Lab of Peter Kim, PhD
          Program in Biophysics 
  • Andrea Garofalo
        University of Chicago
         Lab of Ash Alizadeh, MD, PhD
          Program in Cancer Biology
  • Margaret Guo
        MIT
         Lab of Russ Altman, MD, PhD
          Program in Biomedical Informatics
  • Ved Topkar
        Harvard University
         Lab of Rhiju Das, PhD
          Program in Biophysics
  • Vipul Vachharajani
        MIT
         Lab of Alex Dunn, PhD
          Program in Biophysics
  • Shivam Verma
        Princeton University
          Lab of  Carolyn Bertozzi, PhD
            Department of Chemical and Systems Biology
  • Aaron Wilk
        Westmont College
         Lab of Catherine Blish, MD, PhD
          Program in Immunology
  • David Wang
        Princeton University
         Lab of Liqun Luo, PhD
          Department of Biology
  • Kathryn Wu
        Swarthmore College
         Lab of Brad Zuchero, PhD
          Program in Neurosciences
  • Angela Zhang
        Harvard University
         Labs of Russ Altman MD, PhD, and Joseph Wu MD, PhD
           Program in Biomedical Informatics

2015

  • Ellie Beam
        Duke University
         Lab of Amit Etkin, MD, PhD
          Program in Neurosciences
  • Heather Des Jardin-Park
        Harvard University
         Lab of Michael Longaker, MD
          Program in Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine
  • Michelle Drews
        University of Washington
         Lab of Carla Shatz, PhD
          Program in Neurosciences
  • Sofia Essayan-Perez
        MIT
         Lab of Thomas Sudhof, MD, PhD
          Program in Neurosciences
  • Mollie Friedlander
        Bowdoin University
         Lab of Seung Kim, MD, PhD
          Department of Developmental Biology
  • Francisco Galdos
        Harvard University
         Lab of Sean Wu, MD, PhD
          Program in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
  • Timothy Keyes
        Princeton University
         Lab of Kara Davis, DO
          Program in Cancer Biology
  • Kei Masuda
        Harvard University
         Lab of Lisa Giocomo, PhD
          Program in Neurosciences
  • Katherine McNamara
        Princeton University
         Lab of Christina Curtis, PhD
          Program in Cancer Biology
  • Suhas Rao
        Harvard University
         Lab of Roger Kornberg, PhD
          Program in Biophysics
  • Madeleine Scott
        MIT
         Lab of Purvesh Khatri, PhD
          Program in Biophysics
  • Kevin Thomas
        Arizona State University
         Lab of Scott Delp, PhD
          Program in Biomedical Informatics
  • Jeffrey Wang
        Harvard University
         Lab of Raag Airan, MD, PhD
          Program in Biophysics
  • Adele Xu
        Stanford University
         Lab of Maria Barna, PhD
          Department of Genetics

2014

  • Amin Aalipour
        Stanford University
         Lab of Sanjiv Gambhir, MD, PhD
          Department of Bioengineering
  • Amira Barkal
        Oregon State University
         Lab of Irving Weissman, MD
          Program in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
  • Winston Becker
        Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
         Lab of William Greenleaf, PhD
          Program in Biophysics
  • Binbin Chen
        Georgia Institute of Technology
         Lab of Russ Altman, MD, PhD
          Department of Genetics
  • Leighton Daigh
        Georgetown University
         Lab of Tobias Meyer, PhD
          Department of Chemical and Systems Biology
  • Jonathan Goodman
        University of Pennsylvania
         Lab of Gary Glover, PhD
          Program in Biophysics
  • Gunsagar Gulati
        Harvard University
         Lab of Irving Weissman, MD
          Program in Cancer Biology
  • Joy He
        Harvard University
         Lab of Irving Weissman, MD
          Program in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
  • Lorenzo Labitigan
        Yale University
         Lab of Julie Theriot, PhD
          Department of Biochemistry
  • Akshay Maheshwari
        UC San Diego
         Lab of Drew Endy, PhD
          Department of Bioengineering
  • Daniel Mokhtari
        MIT
         Lab of Daniel Herschlag, PhD
          Department of Biochemistry
  • Benjamin Ober-Reynolds
        Arizona State University
         Lab of William Greenleaf, PhD
          Department of Genetics
  • Ragini Phansalkar
        University of Connecticut
         Lab of Kristy Red-Horse, PhD
          Department of Genetics
  • John Pluvinage
        Stanford University
         Lab of Tony Wyss-Coray Lab, PhD
          Program in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
  • Akshay Sanghi
        John Hopkins
         Lab of Michael Snyder, PhD
          Department of Genetics
  • Stanford Schor
        Caltech
         Lab of Shirit Einav, MD
          Program in Cancer Biology
  • Benjamin Smith
        Pomona College
         Lab of Carolyn Bertozzi, PhD
          Department of Chemical and Systems Biology
  • Avin Veerakumar
        University of Pennsylvania
         Lab of Mark Krasnow, MD, PhD
          Department of Bioengineering
  • Jessica Verhein
        UC Davis
         Lab of Krishna Shenoy, PhD
          Program in Neurosciences
  • Ericka von Kaeppler
        Yale University
         Lab of Bill Robinson, MD
          Program in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

2013

  • Daniel Berenson
        Yale University
         Lab of Jan Skotheim, PhD
          Department of Biology
  • Yonglu Che
        Yale University
         Lab of Paul Khavari, MD, PhD
          Program in Cancer Biology
  • Thomas Chew
        UC San Diego
         Lab of Liang Feng, PhD
          Program in Biophysics
  • Sasidhar Madugula
        University of Illinois
         Lab of EJ Chichilnisky, PhD
          Program in Neurosciences
  • Cesar Marquez
        Harvard University
         Lab of Alejandro Sweet-Cordero, MD
          Program in Cancer Biology
  • Payton Marshall
        UC Berkeley
         Lab of Paul Bollyky, MD, PhD
          Program in Immunology
  • Arek Melkonian
        UC Los Angeles
         Lab of Chaitan Khosla, PhD
          Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Paras Minhas
        University of Pittsburgh
         Lab of Katrin Andreasson, MD
          Program in Neurosciences
  • Surya Nagaraja
        University of Michigan
         Lab of Michelle Monje, MD, PhD
          Program in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
  • Yong Tang
        UC San Diego
         Lab of Ellen Yeh, MD, PhD
          Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology
  • Nielson Weng
        UC Berkeley
         Lab of Chaitan Khosla, PhD
          Department of Chemistry
  • Catherine Yao
        UC Los Angeles
         Lab of Anthony Oro, MD, PhD
          Program in Cancer Biology

2012

  • Christopher Dove
        Truman State University
         Lab of Ravi Majeti, MD, PhD
          Program in Cancer Biology
  • Benjamin Dulken
        University of Washington
         Lab of Anne Brunet, PhD
          Program in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
  • Megan Garland
        Boston University
         Lab of Matt Bogyo, PhD
          Program in Cancer Biology
  • Benson George
        MIT
         Lab of Irving Weissman, MD
          Program in Cancer Biology
  • Lichy Han
        Johns Hopkins University
         Lab of Russ Altman, MD, PhD
          Program in Biomedical Informatics
  • Brian Hsueh
        Princeton University
         Lab of Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD
          Program in Neurosciences
  • Grant Lin
        Indiana University
         Lab of Michelle Monje, MD, PhD
          Program in Neurosciences
  • Amar Mirza
        University of Georgia
         Lab of Anthony Oro, MD, PhD
          Program in Cancer Biology
  • Suchita Rastogi
        Washington University
         Lab of John Boothroyd, PhD
          Department of Microbiology and Immunology
  • Caitlin Roake
        Stanford University
         Lab of Steven Artandi, MD, PhD
          Program in Cancer Biology
  • Shyam Sathyamoorthi
        Tulane University
         Lab of Richard Zare, PhD
          Department of Chemistry
  • Zahra Sayyid
        Stanford University
         Lab of Albert Cheung, MD
          Program in Neurosciences
  • Holly Stewart
        Tufts University
         Lab of Jennifer Ahern, PhD, MPH
          Department of Epidemiology, UC Berkeley

2011

  • Laura Bloomfield
        Stanford University
         Lab of James Holland Jones, PhD
          Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environmental Resources
  • Liana Bonanno
        Ohio State University
         Lab of Tony Wyss-Coray, PhD
          Program in Neurosciences
  • Cordelia Erickson-Davis
        Mount Holyoke
         Lab of S. Lochlann Jain, PhD
          Department of Anthropology
  • Daniel Kim
        MIT
         Labs of Paul Khavari MD, PhD, and Anshul Kundaje, PhD
          Program in Biomedical Informatics
  • Christopher Mount
        University of Washington
         Lab of Michelle Monje, MD, PhD
          Program in Neurosciences
  • Luke Pennington
        Haverford College
         Lab of Ted Jardetzky, PhD
          Program in Immunology
  • Gerald Tiu
        Harvard University
         Lab of Maria Barna, PhD
          Department of Genetics

2010

  • Jamie Brett
        Stanford University
         Lab of Thomas Rando, MD, PhD
          Program in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
  • Cesar J. Lopez Angel
        Harvard University
         Lab of Mark Davis, PhD
          Program in Immunology

2009

  • Andrew Beel
        Vanderbilt University
         Lab of Roger Kornberg, PhD
          Program in Biophysics