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[July 18, 2008]



SUNY Downstate student Lillian Guenther was among 42 medical students selected to participate in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute-National Institutes of Health Research Scholars Program.

The HHMI-NIH Research Scholars Program was established to encourage students to become physician-scientists. As part of the program, Ms. Guenther will have an opportunity to conduct biomedical research full time for a year.

“I am really honored and excited by the opportunity to participate in this program. I hope to use this unique opportunity at the National Institutes of Health to conduct a project in cancer biology that will make me a strong physician-scientist in the future, which is what I aspire to be in my career,” Ms. Guenther said.




SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a Graduate Public Health Program, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and an Advanced Biotechnology Park and Biotechnology Incubator.

SUNY Downstate ranks seventh nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools.  More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.