Gerstner Sloan Kettering Students Receive Kirschstein Awards

Monday, October 1, 2012

In 2012, four graduate students at the Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center have received prestigious Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support their research.

The goal of the Kirschstein Award is to provide pre-doctoral research training fellowships to support promising doctoral candidates who will be performing dissertation research and training in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers during the tenure of the award.

The students who received the awards are:

Robert BowmanRobert Lyle Bowman, a third-year student in Johanna Joyce’s lab, who received a four-year award from the National Cancer Institute. His project title is The Roles of Microglia and Macrophage Populations in the Glioma Microenvironment.

Oakley OlsonOakley C. Olson, a fourth-year student – also mentored by Johanna Joyce – who received a four-year award from the National Cancer Institute. His project title is Mechanisms of Macrophage Mediated Chemoprotection in Breast Cancer.

Berenice OrtizBerenice Ortiz, a fifth-year student in the laboratory of Timothy Chan, who received a two-year award from the National Cancer Institute. Her project title is Molecular Mediators in Tumor Suppression for the PTPRD Phosphatase in Gliomas.

Jessica RiosJessica Rios, a fifth-year student mentored by Marilyn Resh, who received a three-year award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Her project title is Biochemical and Functional Analysis of Wnt Acyltransferase, Porcupine.

Other Gerstner Sloan Kettering students currently supported by the NIH Individual Kirschstein Awards include:

Isabel LamIsabel Lam, a fifth-year student in the laboratory of Scott Keeney, who received a two-year award in 2011. Her project title is Functional Characterization of Rec104 in Meiotic Recombination.

Jennifer Ebele NnoliJennifer Ebele Nnoli, a sixth-year student mentored by Jacqueline Bromberg, who received a three-year award in 2010. Her project title is Interleukin-6/Stat3 Regulation of the Estrogen Receptor Alpha in Breast Cancer.

Elizabeth WasmuthElizabeth Wasmuth, a fifth-year student in the lab of Christopher Lima, who received a four-year award in 2011. Her project title is Structural and Biochemical Characterization of the S. cerevisiae RNA Exosom.