Program Activities

UW MSTP students frequently meet formally and informally to share ideas and enjoy life outside of school. Some of the MSTP-sponsored events are:

Spring Graduation Celebration

2023 Class Celebrating Upcoming Graduation

2022 MSTP Entering Class

The 2022 entering class during their stethoscope ceremony in front of Portage Bay

MSTP Annual Retreat

MSTP students gather for the annual summer retreat

MSTP Retreat Poster Session

Students at the MSTP summer retreat participate in a poster session

Directors' Brunch

MSTP students catch up with Program Director Dr. Marshall Horwitz

Q&A with the Directors

MSTP directors hold a Q&A at the annual retreat

White Coat Ceremony

2022 class receiving their white coats

MSTP Retreat

MSTP students and their families meet at one of the many state parks in Washington State for a summer retreat. We welcome incoming students and share science and fellowship. Recent locations have included Semiahmoo Resort, Fort Ebey State Park, Twanoh State Park, Magnuson Park, and Sleeping Lady Resort.

Weekly Journal Club & Monthly Dinner Meetings

These meetings focus on new journal articles and on the research of MSTP students and faculty mentors. The journal club is organized by and for students. The monthly dinners are open to MSTP students and faculty. All involve supper.

2022-23 MSTP Dinner Meeting Dates & Presenter Information

September 22, 2022

Faculty Speaker:

Whitney Harrington, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Seattle Children’s Research Institute

Student Speaker:

Natasha Edman, PhD (E-17)
Baker Lab
Molecular & Cellular Biology

October 6, 2022

Faculty Speaker Panel: Residency, Fellowship, and Beginning a Faculty Career

Sarah Baxter, MD, PhD (Graduated 2014)

Acting Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Rheumatology), University of Washington

Attending Physician, Seattle Children’s Hospital


Heather Cheng, MD, PhD (Graduated 2007)

Associate Professor of Medicine (Oncology), University of Washington

Attending Physician, FHCC

Associate Director, Medical Scientist Training Program


Andrew Stergachis, MD, PhD (graduated 2015)

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Medical Genetics) and Genome Sciences, University of Washington

Attending Physician, University of Washington Medical Center


Anna Sunshine, MD, PhD (graduated 2016)

Acting Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Washington

Attending Psychiatrist, Harborview Medical Center

November 17, 2022

Faculty Speakers:

James V. Alvarez, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutch

Student Speaker:

Nicholas Popp (E-15)

Fowler Lab

Genome Sciences

January 5, 2023

Faculty Speaker:

Cyrus Ghajar, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Public Health Sciences & Human Biology Divisions – Fred Hutch

Student Speaker:

Zak Yaffe (E-17)

Overbaugh Lab

Molecular & Cellular Biology Graduate Program

January 19, 2023

Faculty Speaker:

Jessica Hamerman, PhD
Director, Academic Affairs
Member, Center for Fundamental Immunology
Benaroya Research Institute

Affiliate Professor, Dept. of Immunology
University of Washington

Student Speaker:

Malika Hale (E-18)

Rawlings Lab

Molecular & Cellular Biology Graduate Program

February 2, 2023

Faculty Speaker:

Richard Adeyemi, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Basic Sciences Division, Fred Hutch

Student Speaker:

Amanda Haack (E-17)

Theberge Lab

Chemistry Graduate Program

April 20, 2023

Faculty Speaker:

Evan Eichler, PhD
Professor, Genome Sciences

Student Speaker:

Greg Olson, PhD (E-14)
Aderem Lab
Molecular & Cellular Biology

Quarterly Directors’ Suppers

1st and 2nd year students have informal suppers with our directors to discuss lab choices, coursework, and any other issues. Students will have met individually with directors between these supper meetings.

Directors’ Brunches

In the fall, we meet at the home of one of the directors for brunch and conversation.