Fifth-year Tri-Institutional MD-PhD student Charlie Kinzig has been awarded an NIH F30 research fellowship. This award will support Mr. Kinzig’s research in the laboratory of Titia de Lange at The Rockefeller University on his project “Telomerase-Mediated Healing of Double-Strand Breaks in Human Cells.”
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures taken to combat its spread, the MD-PhD program leadership was unable to bring undergraduates to the Tri-I campus for the summer. However, unwilling to cancel the program entirely, and dedicated to its mission of increasing the diversity of physician-scientists, Gateways leadership opted to create a version of the program that could be delivered remotely.
The Tri-Institutional MD-PhD program's incoming class of 2020, despite the challenges of beginning their training remotely during a global pandemic, came together as a class to organize a new journal club. Taking as their focus issues of social justice and anti-racism, the students formed the club and held their meetings remotely during their first semester at the Tri-I.Danielle Isakov, first year MD-PhD student, described their motivations and activities:
On October 19, 2020 the National Academy of Medicine announced the election of its new members for this year. Included among the 90 distinguished doctors are two Tri-Institutional MD-PhD alumni, Wendy K. Chung, M.D., PhD (Tri-I graduating class of 1998) and David E. Fisher, PhD, MD (Tri-I graduating class of 1985).
Breonna Taylor’s life matters.The decision made by a Kentucky grand jury yesterday is another painful reminder that our country and its systems continue to fail the Black community and communities of color. The Tri-Institutional MD-PhD program condemns this decision. We re-iterate our commitment to meaningful, long-term change and to supporting our students from diverse backgrounds.