Upcoming Events

  1. MSTP Winter Quarter Journal Club

    February 25 @ 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm
  2. MSTP Spring Quarter Journal Club

    March 31 @ 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm
  3. MSTP Spring Quarter Journal Club

    April 14 @ 5:45 am - 7:00 pm
  4. MSTP Spring Quarter Journal Club

    April 21 @ 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm

What’s Happening

MSTP Fundraising Challenge Success:¬†Our thanks to the MSTP alumni, parents, and friends who have donated and pledged $103,095 to our MSTP Education and Enrichment Fund. These gifts are matches to the $100,000 challenge gift from Mary-Claire King’s Lasker Prize, so the total gift to the MSTP is more than $200,000. We will use these funds for support for students with special financial needs and to increase in creative and unconventional ways the diversity of our distinguished MSTP student body. Stay tuned for more details on these plans. We love you all and thank you again, very much.

UW MSTP students sequenced the whole genome of a cadaver during their first year medical school human anatomy course. The patient had died from complications of pulmonary fibrosis. The genome revealed a risk factor, in the form of a genetic variant involved in mucous production. The variant’s association with pulmonary fibrosis had been previously known, but this is the first time the whole genome of someone with this variant has been sequenced, thereby permitting assessment of its causative role. In this revolutionary educational and research exercise, students worked cooperatively in the gross anatomy lab, participated in gross and microscopic pathological examination of tissue, completed genome sequencing, performed sophisticated computational analysis of genomic data, and worked together to write the manuscript.

UW MSTP student Greg Findlay (E-12) is co-first author on a new Nature paper. The paper presents a new technique to create hundreds to thousands of targeted mutations in the human genome and assess the consequences of each one in a rapid and cost-effective manner. Greg is starting his 3rd year in the MSTP and is conducting his PhD work in the Shendure Lab.