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The MD/PhD Program at SUNY Upstate Medical University has approximately 26 students who are in various stages of their training. You can learn about these individual students and their research interest by selecting the link to current students on this page.

Our students receive individual attention from the co-directors of the MD/PhD Program and other faculty members. SUNY Upstate works diligently to be sure each student receives assistance whether it be academic advising, help with scheduling, selecting a laboratory, or figuring out finances. Visiting applicants cited the friendliness of students and staff as one of our most appealing features.

PhD Students

Eric Barnett

Eric Barnett


Department: undecided
Advisor: undecided

Research Interests

My interest in MD/PhD programs stemmed from my desire to conduct medical research that could be readily transferred outside the laboratory and improve patient care. I find research to be most interesting and engaging when focused towards achieving important medical advancements. Upon visiting Upstate, I knew the program would be a great fit for me due to the relatively small size of the program, which allows for a more individualized education, and also the welcoming and innovative students and faculty. An added bonus was the location of Upstate in Syracuse that merges the benefits of city life with the ability to live and quickly commute in from a less urban residence. Outside of the lab, classroom, and clinic, I enjoy playing basketball, tennis, skiing, and playing outside with my dog, which is all easy to do in and around Syracuse.

I’m currently interested in using bioinformatics as a diagnostic tool in complex disorders. With current technologies, such as microarrays and deep sequencing, the scientific community has access to an unprecedented amount of genomic, transcriptomic, and proteomic data. Using this vast amount of data to enhance diagnostics for complex disorders may allow for early detection and/or increase diagnostic confidence, which would greatly benefit both patients and researchers.