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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

Michael Garone

Michael Garone


Department: undecided
Advisor: undecided

Research Interests

As an undergraduate at SUNY Geneseo, I conducted research in both academia and industry. I also volunteered as an EMT for the local fire department and EMS agency. From these experiences, I learned that I truly enjoyed scientific research as well as direct patient care. After graduating from Geneseo, I worked as a lab Research Associate for a pharmaceutical company. It was this experience---coupled with my previous exposure to research and EMS---that sparked my desire to pursue a career that would allow me to both conduct research and treat patients.

I was accepted into the MD/PhD program as an internal applicant after having completed my first year of medical school at Upstate in 2016. Many of the reasons why I chose to apply to Upstate for medical school overlap with the reasons why I chose to apply internally to its MD/PhD program. Upstate offers a compelling and in-depth curriculum with dedicated faculty who truly care about their students. In addition, I have found that Upstate provides a supportive research environment, access to cutting edge technologies and a plethora of research areas to pursue.

Research Interests: I am mainly interested in research connected to the role of myosin 1e and other slit diaphragm associated proteins in the development of chronic kidney disease.