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The Medical Scientist Research Symposium is a half-day annual event (typically beginning at lunchtime) to showcase the research and scientific accomplishments of the University of Rochester’s Medical Scientist Training Program. We are thrilled to be hosting our 12th annual MSRS in person this year on Friday, April 12, 2024!

2024 Speaker

Robyn Klein Headshot 2Robyn S. Klein, MD, PhD

The Robert E. and Louise F. Dunn Professor of Medical Sciences
Director, Center for Neuroimmunology & Neuroinfectious DiseasesProfessor, Departments of Medicine, Pathology & Immunology, Neurosciences
Washington University School of Medicine

Previous Speakers

MSRS 2023

Melissa B Davis Headshot 2
Melissa Boneta Davis, PhD 

Associate Adjunct Professor, Weill Cornell Medicine
Scientific Director, International Center for the Study of Breast Cancer Subtypes (ICSBCS)
Interim Director of Health Equity, Englander Institute of Precision Medicine

MSRS 2022

Ya-Chi Ho, MD, PhD 

Associate Professor, Yale University
​Infectious Disease & Microbial Pathogenesis



MSRS 2021

Marco Ruella

Tonya Webb, PhD

Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine
​Microbiology & Immunology


MSRS 2019

Marco Ruella

Marco Ruella, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
​Department of Medicine, Hematology/Oncology

Scientific Director of the Lymphoma Program

MSRS 2018

Richard Locksley

Kafui Dzirasa, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Duke University Medical Center, Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Neurobiology, and Biomedical Engineering

Investigator, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

MSRS 2018 Photo Album

MSRS 2017

Richard Locksley

Richard Locksley, M.D.

Marion and Herbert Sandler Distinguished Professorship in Asthma Research, UCSF, Professor, Department of Medicine, Infectious Disease

Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

MSRS 2017 Photo Album

MSRS 2016

Richard Ehman

Richard L. Ehman, M.D.

Professor of Radiology, Mayo Clinic

MSRS 2016 Photo Album

MSRS 2015

Elaine FuchsElaine Fuchs, Ph.D.

Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor, The Rockefeller University

Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

MSRS 2015 Photo Album

MSRS 2014

Thomas Cech

Thomas Cech, Ph.D.

Photo by Glenn Asakawa/University of Colorado

Distinguished Professor, University of Colorado Boulder; Director, University of Colorado BioFrontiers Institute

Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Nobel Laureate in Chemistry

MSRS 2014 Photo Album

MSRS 2013

Anthony Atala M.D.

Anthony Atala, M.D.

W.H. Boyce Professor and Chair, Department of Urology, Wake Forest University

Director, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine

MSRS 2012

Doris Taylor Ph.D.

Doris Taylor, Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine & Medtronic Bakken Chair of Integrative Biology and Physiology, University of Minnesota

Director, Center for Cardiovascular Repair, University of Minnesota

Who can attend?

We encourage and hope that this event will draw a large audience of researchers from across the university to promote interaction, discussion and collaboration. As such, all are invited to attend our poster session, keynote address, and student presentations.
Note: All University of Rochester MSTP students are required to attend.

Who can present?

The annual MSRS will include presenters from the Rochester MSTP program, as well as other (non-MSTP) University of Rochester medical students, fellows, and other interested parties.  In addition, we would like to invite all interested colleagues from our nearby M.D./Ph.D. programs at SUNY Upstate and SUNY Buffalo to submit poster presentations for this event.

Can we meet with the keynote speaker?

This depends on the travel arrangements and time restrictions for the speaker. However, we would like to try and accommodate all requests. If you would like to meet with the speaker, please email the chair of the organizing committee, or the MSTP office at

How is the event funded?

The MSRS is made possible by funding from the Rochester Medical Scientist Training Program (NIH T32GM07356),  the Dr. Thomas A. and Joyce E. Pearson Endowed Lectureship Fund, and other sponsoring departments within the University of Rochester School of Medicine.