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Program Co-Directors

Dr. Paul Insel and Dr. Neil Chi are the MST Program Co-Directors. Paul Insel, M.D., is a Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine. Neil Chi, M.D./Ph.D., is a Professor of Medicine. Drs. Insel and Chi oversee all aspects of the MSTP.

Associate Directors

Dr. Christopher Glass is an MST Program alumnus. He is a Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine and Medicine and is widely recognized for his research on the regulation of transcription. Dr. Glass directs the Endocrine block in the pre-clinical SOM curriculum. 

Dr. Adam Engler is a Professor of Bioengineering is the Chair of the MSTP Admissions Committee  He interacts closely with Drs. Insel/Chi, Ms. Kiisel, and the SOM Admissions Committee in the admissions and recruitment processes.

Dr. Lori Wan is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and Director of the Academic Community in which MSTP students reside.  She monitors the didactic efforts of trainees and advises them regarding academic and non-academic issues, clinical opportunities, residency applications and careers.

Assistant Directors

Dr. Rafael BejarDr. Jeffrey GoldDr. Mary Lewinski, and Dr. Amir Zarrinpar are all alumni of the UCSD MSTP and are the faculty mentors of each "Sib-Tree." Thus, each has mentoring efforts with 25% of the MSTP cohort (i.e., approximately 20 trainees each), organizes activities with their respective Sib-Tree, and meets individually with trainees in their House.

MST Program Management

Erin Gilbert is the MST Program Manager. Her office is located in the School of Medicine, MSTP Office Suite, Medical Teaching Facility, Room 182. You can reach Erin by phone at 858-534-0689, and by email at

Colin King is the MST/SURF Program Coordinator. His office is located in the School of Medicine, MSTP Office, Medical Teaching Facility, Room 182. You can contact Colin by phone at 858-822-5631, and by email at 

MSTP Representatives

Dr. Neal Swerdlow is the MSTP representative on the Hillcrest campus. He is a Program alumnus and is a Professor of Psychiatry. His office is located in the Clinical Teaching Facility, Room # B-420 (CTF is at UCSD Hillcrest). 

Dr. Marc Montminy is the MSTP representative at the Salk Institute. He earned his M.D. and Ph.D. (in physiology) from Tufts University School of Medicine.