Message from the Director

Our long-term goal in conducting medical research is to prevent the onset of disease, diagnose disease earlier, and provide more successful therapies. To achieve all this, we must have a thorough understanding of the mechanisms underlying disease onset and progression.

Our investigators at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) are involved in cutting-edge research on all levels. Many serve as mentors to medical students by teaching them how to formulate a hypothesis, develop a research proposal, and carry out a research project. Our strength in this area is consistently recognized in our high NIH ranking, our impressive recruitment of renowned researchers and scientists, and our strong mentorship across all of our programs.

As faculty and staff of the Medical Student Research Office (MSRO), we are committed to helping you identify a supportive faculty research mentor in your chosen field of interest.

Student Participation in Research

As an ISMMS student, you may participate in basic/translational, clinical, or translational research in a wide variety of fields. We train you to view the patient as a whole, analyze his/her condition or disease, and develop a research project to answer questions that can lead to more effective disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

Our services are available to all students, regardless of whether you have had previous research experience or not. You may conduct research projects during the school year, the summer break between Year 1 and Year 2, as part of our Summer Research Program, or during a full year following Year 2 or Year 3 as part of a Scholarly Year.

A wealth of information is available in the office to assist you with preparing abstracts, research proposals, and posters. We also schedule training sessions in these important research skills at various times during the academic year.

Mary Rojas, PhD
Director, Medical Student Research

Jenny Lin, MD 
Associate Director, SCHOLaR Program
Associate Director, Medical Student Research

Keith Sigel, MD, PhD
Co-Director, PORTAL Program (MD/MSCR)
Associate Director, Medical Student Research