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Our Alumni

John Maciejowski

My new lab is focusing on a dysfunction of the chromosomes that affects cancer development. My experiences and training at GSK really helped me get a fast start at Rockefeller University, where I did my postdoctoral work. As researchers at MSK, we have the opportunity to discover really cool things and the privilege to do what we really love.”

John Maciejowski, 2014 Graduate


 Jennifer Nnoli

Jennifer (Nnoli) Adeleye, PhD

Strategic Alliance Manager at the Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
Dissertation: IL-6/Stat3 Mediated Down-Regulation of Estrogen Receptor Alpha (ER) Expression in Breast Cancer (2014)
Thesis Mentor: Jacqueline F. Bromberg, MD, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: California State University, Northridge
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 Eric Alonzo

Eric S. Alonzo, PhD

Scientist II, Cellular Analytics at Bluebird Bio, Cambridge, MA
Dissertation: Transcriptional Regulation During Innate T Cell Development (2011)
Thesis Mentor: Derek Sant’Angelo, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: San Francisco State University
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 Minna Balbas

Minna Balbas, PhD

Medical Writer, Health Interactions, San Francisco, CA
Dissertation: Mutation based resistance to antiandrogens in prostate cancer (2013)
Thesis Mentor: Charles L. Sawyers, MD
Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Los Angeles
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Neha Bhagwat, PhD

Research Scientist, Prelude Therapeutics, Inc, Philadelphia, PA
Dissertation: JAK2 is a Therapeutic Target in Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (2014)
Thesis Mentor: Ross L. Levine, MD
Undergraduate Institution: Drexel University
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Robert Bowman, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Dissertation: Interrogation of the immune contexture in brain malignancy (2016)
Thesis Mentor: Johanna Joyce, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: Vanderbilt University
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Emily Casey, PhD

Medical Writer at Health Interactions, San Francisco, CA
Dissertation: Reinventing the mouse wheel: A new mouse for the more accurate pre-clinical study of therapeutic antibodies for patients with cancer (2017)
Thesis Mentor: David A. Scheinberg, MD, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: Cornell University
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James A. Dowdle, PhD

Medical Science Liaison (Dermatology), Biofrontera Pharma GmbH, Columbus, Ohio
Dissertation: Expression and Function of the Chromatin Remodeling Factor ACF1 (BAZ1A) during Mouse Development (2012)
Thesis Mentor: Scott Keeney, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: Rochester Institute of Technology
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Kinisha Gala, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles
Dissertation:KMT2C directs estrogen receptor activity in normal and transformed mammary cells (2017)
Thesis Mentor: Sarat Chandarlapaty, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: The College of New Jersey
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 Nicholas Gauthier

Nicholas P. Gauthier, PhD

Staff Scientist, Dana Farber Cancer Center, Boston, MA
Dissertation: Cell Type Specific Labeling with Amino Acid Precursors (2013)
Thesis Mentor: Chris Sander, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: The University of Utah
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Theresa Geiger, PhD

Associate Scientist/Postdoctoral Fellow at Merck in Palo Alto, CA
Dissertation: Developmental Control of Innate Lymphoid Cells(2016)
Thesis Mentor: Joseph Sun, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: California Institute of Technology
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John Halliday, PhD

Dissertation: Assessment of Cell Type Specific Gene Expression Regulation in Proneural Glioma and Response to Therapy (2014)
Thesis Mentor: Eric C. Holland, MD, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: Princeton University
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 Ellen Hukkelhoven

Ellen Hukkelhoven, PhD

Biotech Analyst, Perceptive Advisors, New York, NY
Dissertation: Phosphorylation – Dependent Regulation of the Tumor Suppressor TRIM3 (2013)
Thesis Mentor: Andrew Koff, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: Princeton University
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 Karen Hunter

Karen E. Hunter, PhD

Manager of Clinical Operations, Celmatix, New York, NY
Dissertation: Investigation of Tumor Cell Intrinsic and Extrinsic Regulators of Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumorigenesis (2013)
Thesis Mentor: Johanna Joyce, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Jenny Karo, PhD

Associate, Bank of America, New York, NY
Dissertation: The RAG recombinase dictates functional heterogeneity and cellular fitness in natural killer cells (2015)
Thesis Mentor: Joseph Sun, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: Tufts University
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Marta Kovatcheva, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Research in Biomedicine, Barcelona, Spain
Dissertation: New roles for old proteins: MDM2 and ATRX drive the transition from quiescence to senescence (2017)
Thesis Mentor: Andrew C. Koff, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: University of Toronto
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Shefali Krishna, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow at Salk Institute for Biological Sciences, La-jolla, California
Dissertation: Regulation of Lysosome Trafficking and Nutrient Homeostasis (2017)
Thesis Mentor: Michael H. Overholtzer, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: National University of Singapore
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Isabel Lam, PhD

Research Fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.
Dissertation: The meiotic recombination initiation landscape in yeast: Evolutionary dynamics and factors that shape its distribution(2016)
Thesis Mentor: Scott Keeney, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: New York University
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Lindsay M. LaFave (Saunders)

Lindsay M. LaFave (Saunders), PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, Cambridge, MA
Dissertation: Role of the BAP1/ASXL1 Complex in Malignant Transformation and Therapeutic Response (2015)
Thesis Mentor: Ross L. Levine, MD
Undergraduate Institution: University of Michigan
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Chong Luo, PhD

Scientist, Exploratory Biology at Juno Therapeutics, Inc., Seattle, WA
Dissertation: Transcriptional Control of T Cell Tolerance and Immunity(2016)
Thesis Mentor: Ming Li, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: Tsinghua University
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Anna Sophia McKenney, PhD

Tri-I MD-PhD Student
Dissertation: Modeling Transformation From Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (2016)
Thesis Mentor: Ross L. Levine, MD
Undergraduate Institution: Rensselaer Polytechnic University
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Danilo Macalinao, PhD

Continuing Education- Master of Divinity, Catholic University of America, Washington D.C.
Dissertation: Mechanisms of Metastatic Latency and Outgrowth in HER2+ Breast Cancer (2017)
Thesis Mentor: Joan Massague, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: Wesleyan University
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John Maciejowski, PhD

Assistant Member, Molecular Biology Program, Sloan Kettering Institute, MSKCC; Assistant Professor, GSK, MSKCC
Dissertation: (Phospho) Regulation of Kinetochore-Microtubule Attachment and Spindle Checkpoint Activity by the Mps1 Kinase (2014)
Thesis Mentor: Prasad V. Jallepalli, MD, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: New York University
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James Mahaffey, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher, NYU School of Medicine, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY
Dissertation: The Dual Roles of WNT Signaling: Directing Cell Fate and Tissue Morphogenesis During Early Mouse Development (2014)
Thesis Mentor: Kathryn V. Anderson, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Dan Marks

Dan Marks, PhD

Associate at RA Capital in Boston, MA
Dissertation: TRIP13 is a Critical Regulator of Mitotic Duration and Proliferation in Mad2-Overexpressing Cells (2016)
Thesis Mentor: Robert Benezra, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: Yale University
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Armine Matevossian

Armine Matevossian, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Inc., Boston, MA
Dissertation: Structure and function of Hedgehog Acyltransferase in normal and cancer cells (2015)
Thesis Mentor: Marilyn Resh, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Gregory Mazo, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Dissertation: The Function of Subdistal Appendages in the Spatial Control of Cilia (2017)
Thesis Mentor: Meng-Fu Tsou, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: Cornell University
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 Yvonne Gruber Mica

Yvonne Gruber Mica, PhD

Business Development Consultant, Thermo Fisher Scientific, New York, NY
Dissertation: Modeling Neural Crest Induction, Melanocyte Specification and Disease-Related Pigmentation Defects in hESCs and Patient-Specific iPSCs (2013)
Thesis Mentor: Lorenz Studer, MD
Undergraduate Institution: Wellesley College
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 Alexandria Miller

Alexandria N. Miller, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Dissertation: Structural and Biochemical Studies of the Human Two Pore Domain Potassium Channel K2P1 (2013)
Thesis Mentor: Stephen Long, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: Smith College
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 Justine D.  Miller

Justine D. Miller, PhD

Senior Scientist, Neurodegeneration at AbbVie, Cambridge, MA
Dissertation: Human iPSC-Based Modeling of Late-Onset Disease Via Progerin-Induced Aging (2014)
Thesis Mentor: Lorenz Studer, MD
Undergraduate Institution: Connecticut College
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 Prashant Monian, PhD

Prashant Monian, PhD

Associate Consultant, IMS Consulting Group, New York, NY
Dissertation: Mechanisms and Regulation of Apoptotic and Ferroptotic Programmed Cell Death (2016)
Thesis Mentor: Xuejun Jiang, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: University of Georgia
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Semanti Mukherjee, PhD

Assistant Attending Geneticist, Clinical Genetics Service,  Department of Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Dissertation: Integrative Genome-Wide Analysis to Study the Germline Genetics of Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (2011)
Thesis Mentor: Robert Klein, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University
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Brandon Nemieboka, PhD

Tri-I MD-PhD Student
Dissertation: : MUC16 and L1CAM Targeted Molecular Imaging of Ovarian Cancer (2017)
Thesis Mentor: Jason Lewis, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
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Moriah Nissan, PhD

Science Writer and Editor at the Center for Molecular Oncology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Dissertation: NF1 Loss is a Functional Genomic Event in Melanoma (2014)
Thesis Mentor: David B. Solit, MD
Undergraduate Institution: University of Rochester
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Oakley Olson, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and the University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Dissertation: Mechanisms of Macrophage-Mediated Chemoprotection in Breast Cancer(2016)
Thesis Mentor: Johanna Joyce, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: Brown University
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Joseph Pucella, PhD

Postdoctoral Position: NYU Langone, New York City, NY
Dissertation: The Elusive Role of MIR-182 and Clustered Paralogs in Adaptive Immunity(2017)
Thesis Mentor: Jayanta Chaudhuri, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: Cornell University
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Neel Shah, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
Dissertation: Regulation of the glucocorticoid receptor in prostate cancer disease progression and resistance to antiandrogen therapy (2017)
Thesis Mentor: Charles L. Sawyers, MD
Undergraduate Institution: The University of British
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Berenice Ortiz Thompson

Berenice Ortiz Thompson, PhD

Senior Medical Writer, Ethos Healthcare Communications, Yardley, PA
Dissertation: Molecular Mechanisms Underlying the Function of the Tyrosine Phosphatase PTPRD in Cancer (2014)
Thesis Mentor: Timothy A. Chan, MD, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: Rutgers University
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Cindy Puente, MA, PhD

Scientific Associate, Ogilvy CommonHealth Medical Education, Westwood, New Jersey
Dissertation: Sensing and Relayaing of the Autophagic Signal by the ULK1 Kinase Complex(2016)
Thesis Mentor: Xuejun Jiang, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: Hunter College
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 Sadia Rahman

Sadia Rahman, PhD

Scientist at New York Genome Center, New York, NY
Dissertation: Functional Genomics of Cohesin Acetyltransferases in Human Cells (2014)
Thesis Mentor: Prasad Jallepalli, MD, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: Wesleyan University
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 Sadia Rahman

Leili Ran, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Dissertation: Understanding and Targeting ETV1 in Sarcomas(2016)
Thesis Mentor: Ping Chi, MD, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: Tsinghua University
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Jessica Rios-Esteves

Jessica Rios-Esteves, PhD

Process Development Engineer, Vetter Development Services, Chicago, IL
Dissertation: Fatty Acylation of WNT Proteins by the Acyltranferase Porcupine (2014)
Thesis Mentor: Marilyn D. Resh, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez
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Piero Sanfilippo, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate at UCLA, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Los Angeles, CA
Dissertation:Landscape, biogenesis and function of 3’ UTR isoforms in Drosophila (2017)
Thesis Mentor: Eric Lai, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: Kenyon College
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 Jeffrey Smith

Jeffery R. Smith, PhD

Vice President, Investment Banking, H.C. Wainwright & Co., LLC, New York, NY
Dissertation: The Role of Rho GTPases in Breast Cancer Progression (2013)
Thesis Mentor: Alan Hall, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: University of Iowa


Alison Spencer, PhD

Data Scientist, Dotdash, New York, NY
Dissertation: Scaling of cytoskeletal organization with cell size in Drosophila (2017)
Thesis Mentor: Jennifer A. Zallen, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: University of Rochester
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 Dimiter Tassev

Dimiter V. Tassev, PhD

Biotech Analyst, Surveyor Capital/Citadel LLC, New York, NY
Dissertation: Generation and Use of HLA-A2-Restricted, Peptide-Specific Monoclonal Antibodies and Chimeric Antigen Receptors (2011)
Thesis Mentor: Nai-Kong Cheung, MD, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: The Ohio State Unversity
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 Ly Vu

Ly Vu, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Dissertation: The Role of Protein Arginine Methyltransferase – 4 (PRMT4) in normal and malignant hematopoiesis (2013)
Thesis Mentor: Stephen D. Nimer
Undergraduate Institution: Dai hoc Quoc Gia Hanoi
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William Walkowicz, PhD

Co-founder & CEO at Chemitope Glycopeptide
Dissertation: Design and Synthesis of Quillaja Saponin Adjuvants and Synthesis of Lablaboside Saponins (2014)
Thesis Mentor: Derek S. Tan, PhD and David Y. Gin, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: University of Wisconsin–La Crosse
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Elizabeth Wasmuth

Elizabeth Wasmuth, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Dissertation: Structural and Functional Characterization of the RNA Exosome from S. cerevisiae (2015)
Thesis Mentor: Christopher D. Lima, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: Cornell University
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Lei Wei, MS, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Dissertation: Regulation of DNA replication initiation and the DNA damage response(2016)
Thesis Mentor: Xiaolan Zhao, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: Tsinghua University
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 Shannon Yu

Shannon Yu, PhD

Medical Director at BGB Group, New York, NY
Dissertation: The Role of the Actin Cytoskeleton during Muscle Development in Drosophila and Mouse (2014)
Thesis Mentor: Mary K. Baylies, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: University of Georgia
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 Yilong Zou

Yilong Zou, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University and the Broad Institute, Boston, MA.
Dissertation: Dissection of Transcriptional Programs in Embryonic and Metastatic Stem Cells(2016)
Thesis Mentor: Joan Massagué, PhD
Undergraduate Institution: Tsinghua University
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