Cell Biology Program

The Lydia Finley Lab

Research

Lydia Finley, PhD
Lydia Finley, PhD
Geoffrey Beene Junior Faculty Chair

Associate Professor

The Finley Lab investigates how cellular metabolic pathways regulate cell fate decisions in stem cells and cancer cells. We combine genetic and metabolomic approaches to investigate cell-type specific growth requirements and elucidate how flux through central metabolic pathways regulates key cellular activities, including self-renewal and differentiation. In particular, we are interested in understanding how changes in metabolite availability shape the chromatin landscape to influence gene expression programs that control cell survival, growth and differentiation. Our work aims to answer fundamental questions about how cells regulate the commitment to differentiation and how failure to execute terminal differentiation can underlie diseases such as cancer.

Publications Highlights

A non-canonical tricarboxylic acid cycle underlies cellular identity. [PMID: 35264789]
Arnold PK, Jackson BT, Paras KI, Brunner JS, Hart ML, Newsom OJ, Alibeckoff SP, Endress J, Drill E, Sullivan LB, Finley LWS. Nature. 2022 Mar;603(7901):477-481. doi: 10.1038/s41586-022-04475-w. Epub 2022 Mar 9. PMCID: PMC8934290.

Extracellular serine controls epidermal stem cell fate and tumour initiation. [PMID: 32451440]
Baksh SC, Todorova PK, Gur-Cohen S, Hurwitz B, Ge Y, Novak JSS, Tierney MT, Dela Cruz-Racelis J, Fuchs E#, Finley LWS#. Nat Cell Biol. 2020 Jul;22(7):779-790. doi: 10.1038/s41556-020-0525-9. Epub 2020 May 25. Erratum in: Nat Cell Biol. 2020 Nov;22(11):1396. PMCID: PMC7343604. (#co-corresponding author)

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People

Lydia Finley, PhD

Lydia Finley, PhD

Geoffrey Beene Junior Faculty Chair

Associate Professor

  • Lydia Finley studies the mechanisms that link metabolic pathways to cell fate decisions.
  • PhD, Harvard University
  • BS, Yale University
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Email Address
212-639-6722
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Members

Pavlina Todorova, PhD
Pavlina Todorova

Research Associate

Julia Brunner
Julia Brunner

Research Fellow

Jossie  J Yashinskie
Jossie J Yashinskie

Graduate Student

Katrina Paras
Katrina Paras

Graduate Student

Benjamin Jackson
Benjamin Jackson

Graduate Student

Abigail Xie

Graduate Student

Anna
Anna Bridgeman

MSK Bridge Program Scholar

Natasha Freidman

Research Fellow

Sonia Das
Sonia Das

Sr. Administrative Assistant

Lab Alumni
Paige Arnold
Paige Arnold

Postdoctoral Associate at Rockefeller University, New York, NY

Yanyang Chen
Yanyang Chen

Research Technician

Yuma Tada
Yuma Tada

Graduate Student

Sanjeethan Baksh
Sanjeethan Baksh

Medical Resident

Lin Hedehus

Graduate Research Assistant

Lab Affiliations

Achievements

  • New York Stem Cell Foundation – Robertson Investigator (2023)
  • Louise and Allston Boyer Young Investigator Award for Basic Research (2022)
  • National Cancer Institute R37 MERIT Award (2020)
  • Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Cancer Research (2020)
  • Searle Scholar (2018)
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  • Dale F. Frey Breakthrough Award of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation (2017)

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Accolades

Team Recognitions

  • Paige Arnold, Gerstner Sloan Kettering Chairman’s Prize (2022)
  • Paige Arnold, Weintraub Award (2022)
  • Sanjeethan Baksh, STAT Wunderkind (2022)
  • Benjamin Jackson, NIH/NICHD F31 (2022)
  • Katrina Paras, Bruce Charles Forbes Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (2021)
  • Benjamin Jackson, Gerstner Sloan Kettering Grayer Fellowship (2021)
  • Julia Brunner, Human Frontier Science Program Fellowship (2021)
  • Sanjeethan Baksh, Olaf S. Anderson Physician-Scientist Award (2021)
  • Paige Arnold, NIH/NICHD F31 (2019)
  • Jossie Yashinskie, AACR Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award (2018)
  • Jossie Yashinskie, NIH/NICHD T32 fellowship (2018)

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