NYU School of Medicine Student Awarded Two Prestigious Scholarships to Study at University of Cambridge

March 6, 2012 - 12:18pm

NYU School of Medicine student Said Saab was awarded two prestigious, competitive doctoral training program scholarships to study at the University of Cambridge. He received the Gates Cambridge Scholarship from the Gates Cambridge Trust in the United Kingdom (UK) to obtain a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree, as well as a scholarship from The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program to complete a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree.

“We commend Said Saab for receiving these prestigious and highly competitive awards and for his ongoing commitment to improving the lives of others,” said Steven B. Abramson, MD, senior vice president and vice dean of education, faculty and academic affairs and professor of medicine and pathology at NYU Langone Medical Center. 

Saab is currently a third year medical student at NYU School of Medicine, and will complete his medical degree when he returns for his last and final year. In October 2012 he will begin studying at the University of Cambridge. As part of the year-long MPhil graduate program, Saab will participate in the Translational Medicine and Therapeutics Program, taking courses and completing a translational research component in a laboratory of his choice. Gates Cambridge Scholarships are highly competitive and awarded to outstanding students from outside the UK, covering the costs for them to pursue a full-time graduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.

Following the completion of the MPhil, Saab will spend an additional year at Cambridge University and then two years at the NIH in Bethesda, MD, performing doctoral research of personal interest. The NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program is a fully funded accelerated, individualized program for outstanding science students committed to biomedical research careers. The program is based on the British system in which students are not required to take formal courses and may select courses that are related to their own interests.

“My ultimate goal is to promote the health of underserved communities by embarking on a career focused on translating science into applicable, affordable pharmaceuticals,” said Saab. “I am committed to practicing medicine in disadvantaged areas and to help close the gap that exists in the accessibility of novel therapies.”

Saab was born in Havana, Cuba, where his parents nurtured his curiosity about medicine by sneaking him inside hospitals to give him the opportunity to observe doctors. While still in elementary school, his family moved to United States. Saab quickly adapted to the American culture and academically excelled in middle and high school where he participated in programs for gifted and talented students. He attended Emory University, graduating with a BS in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, and a minor in music (cello).  While at Emory, he participated in NYU School of Medicine’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) designed for qualified students interested in pursuing research careers as MD, PhD or MD/PhD candidates.

In 2009, Saab entered NYU School of Medicine as a full-time medical student. In addition to his studies, Saab has been an active member of the School of Medicine community, leading various student organizations including the NYU Black and Latino Students Association, the Admissions Ambassador Program, the Painting Club, and the Classical Arts Appreciation Group.  

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