MSTP Student Profiles

Meet our current first and second-year students to learn what makes the MSTP at the University of Chicago an excellent place to do your MD/PhD training.

The MSTP at the University of Chicago and the Pritzker School of Medicine strive to recruit diverse students of exceptional promise to become leaders and innovators in science and medicine for the betterment of humanity.

David Banks

The MSTP/Pritzker atmosphere has been both welcoming and thoughtful. Plus, I couldn't ask for better classmates.

Hometown: Jacksonville, NC
Undergraduate Institution: University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Major: Biology


Sarita Deshpande

The faculty, staff, and peers here at Pritzker are so kind and supportive. I am excited to be a part of the MSTP community and am looking forward to the next eight years!

Hometown: Oak Brook, IL
Undergraduate Institution: University of Illinois at Chicago
Major: Bioengineering


Sylvia Edoigiawerie

I am blessed to be a part of the MSTP community at University of Chicago, and I am excited to grow into a future researcher and clinician.

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Undergraduate Institution: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Major: Biology


Matthew Jotte

"Shall we accelerate?!" -Rick Madden

Hometown: Denver, CO
Undergraduate Institution: Washington University in St. Louis
Major: Biochemistry


Andrew Molina

The University of Chicago has been my home for the past 4 years, and I can't imagine pursuing this dual medical and scientific degree anywhere else. The rigor and intensity in the scientific and greater University community is absolutely invigorating, and I hope that this excitement and academic vigor will also be a central part my UChicago MSTP experience.

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Undergraduate Institution: University of Chicago
Major: Chemistry, Biochemistry


Amrita Ramesh

The administration, students and general atmosphere of the program are very welcoming, thoughtful and fun!

Hometown: Ossining, NY
Undergraduate Institution: Washington University in St. Louis
Major: Biochemistry


Neil Sheth

The community at the Pritzker School of Medicine is kind, supportive, and deeply collaborative, fostering innovation in science and medicine.

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Undergraduate Institution: Loyola University Chicago
Major: Biology, Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience


Kierstin Webster

I feel so lucky to be at an institution that is both highly academically rigorous and deeply passionate about service, community, and positive change.

Hometown: Parkland, FL
Undergraduate Institution: University of Florida
Major: Biochemistry


Oliver Zhu

The UChicago community is so collaborative and open! Professors often emphasize how their work spans multiple departments in tackling interdisciplinary questions. Coupled with individualized attention on each student, I feel there is tremendous potential and freedom to pursue an education that is truly unique and exceptionally well rounded.

Hometown: Wilmette, IL
Undergraduate Institution: University of Chicago
Major: Biochemistry, Biology