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PSTP Program Contacts

Renate Pilz, MDRenate Pilz, MD
Program Director, UC San Diego Physician-Scientist Training Program
Professor of Medicine
Chief, VA Hematology/Oncology Section

Renate Pilz, MD, is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology.  She earned her MD degree at the University of Hannover Medical School, Germany, and studied purine biochemistry and intermediary metabolism during several years of post-doctoral fellowships in Europe and the US.  She completed residency partly in Cologne, Germany, and at UCSD, where she also did a Hematology/Oncology fellowship.  Her laboratory focuses on signal transduction by nitric oxide and cGMP-dependent protein kinases in bone and vascular biology, but her research interests have also included signal transduction by Ras-related proteins and the exploitation of nutrient deprivation for cancer therapy. 

Mary Lewinski, MD, PhDMary Lewinski, MD, PhD
Associate Program Director, UC San Diego Physician-Scientist Training Program
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases

Mary Lewinski, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases.  She earned her MD and PhD degrees at UCSD; for her PhD in Biomedical Sciences, she studied retroviral integration in the laboratory of Dr. Frederic Bushman at the Salk Institute.  She is an alumna of the UCSD PSTP program, and her current research focus is host-viral interactions in HIV-1 and SARS-CoV-2 infection.