Upcoming Events

  1. School of Medicine Hooding

    May 26 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  2. Siva Kasinathan Dissertation Defense

    June 8 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  3. Gabrielle Barsh Disertation Defense

    June 16 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  4. MSTP Orientation

    June 19 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

What’s Happening

UW MSTP students Russell Berg (E-07) and Steven Levitte (E-10) are co-first authors on a new Cell paper “Lysosomal Disorders Drive Susceptibility to Tuberculosis by Compromising Macrophage Migration”. The paper discusses the increased risk of Tuberculosis¬†in smokers utilizing zebrafish as a genetic screen for determinants. Both Russell and Steven worked in the lab of Dr. Lalita Ramakrishnan. Russell is currently a Med 4 and he will start an Internal Medicine residency at the University of Washington this summer. Steven is in his sixth year in the program and will return to medical school for his clerkships this summer. Congratulations to Russell and Steven!

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.