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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

Nicholas Nguyen

Nicholas Nguyen


Department: undecided
Advisor: undecided

Research Interests

I joined the MD/PhD program at SUNY Upstate in June 2016. I graduated from the University of California-San Diego with a double degree in Human Biology and Computer Science w/ Specialization in Bioinformatics, where I was involved with research for 3 years. My interest in the MD/PhD program came from my desire to pursue biomedical research that could benefit patient care in addition to my duties as a physician.

I chose Upstate because I really felt at home with the positive and welcoming environment created by the students and staff. The smaller program size provides for a more individualized education, and the students are really committed to working together and supporting each other. In my free time I enjoy running, hiking, and the many culinary opportunities offered by Syracuse.