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Three Minute Thesis Competition

Three minutes and one projected slide–that’s all each graduate student had to present a big-picture research goal to a non-specialist audience in a way they could understand and appreciate.

The eleven students from the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences and the Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences participated in the eighth annual Three-...

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Video of New Student Residence at Weill Cornell Medicine

NEW YORK (Oct. 17, 2023)—Weill Cornell Medicine is constructing a modern new student residence that, when it opens in 2025, will expand the scope of the institution’s Upper East Side campus and nearly double the existing student residential living space.

The new $260 million, 16-story, 173,000-square-foot...

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Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University have been awarded a $9.8 million, five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, to help combat cancer disparities fueled by persistent poverty.

The competitive award will engage faculty members from Weill Cornell Medicine,...

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Upcoming Seminars

Kaavya Krishna Kumar, Ph.D.
February 28, 2024 - 2:00pm
Department of Pharmacology Special Seminar Kaavya Krishna Kumar, Ph.D. Instructor and Postdoctoral Fellow Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology Stanford University
ELN 3/1/24
March 1, 2024 - 1:00pm
Rocio Servin-Vences, PhD, Postdoctoral Associate, The Scripps Research Institute Part of the Emerging Leaders in Neuroscience Seminar Series
Bartley Perry Griffith, M.D.
March 4, 2024 - 9:00am
This year’s William D. Stubenbord lecture, “Unlocking the Treasure of Xenotransplantation, Lessons from the Pig Heart” will be given by Bartley Perry Griffith, M.D.. Dr. Griffith is the Distinguished Professor of Transplant Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The William D. Stubenbord Visiting Professorship was established in 1968 by a gift from the Louis Calder Foundation in memory of Louis Calder Sr. and Louis Calder Jr., and in recognition of the outstanding professional services and long friendship that the late Dr. William D. Stubenbord had for them and members of their families. Dr. Stubenbord, who died in 1982, was a 1931 graduate of Weill Cornell Medicine and was associated with The New York Hospital–Cornell Medical Center during his entire medical career.

Thesis Defenses

Briana Christophers
Date: Monday, March 11, 2024 - 10:00am

Briana Christophers, M.D.-Ph.D. Student
Cell and Developmental Biology

Chairperson: Dr. Geoffrey Pitt
Major Sponsor: Dr. Mary Baylies
Minor Sponsor: Dr. Jennifer Zallen

Additional Member: Dr. Amy Shyer (The Rockefeller University)

Mildred J. Unti
Date: Monday, March 25, 2024 - 1:00pm

Mildred J. Unti
Pharmacology

Chairperson: Dr. Lorraine Gudas
Major Sponsor: Dr. Samie Jaffrey
Minor Sponsors: Dr. Ronald Crystal and Dr. David Scheinberg

Additional Member: Dr. Benjamin Kleaveland (Weill Cornell Medicine)

Yilun Ma
Date: Thursday, June 27, 2024 - 10:00am

Yilun Ma, M.D.-Ph.D. Student
Cell and Developmental Biology

Chairperson: Dr. Tuomas Tammela
Major Sponsor: Dr. Richard White
Minor Sponsors: Dr. Barbara Hempstead and Jedd Wolchok

Student Research

Chris Bourne

We are delighted to announce that Christopher Bourne (IMP, 5th year) recently received the the Sawyers Fellowship, which supports traditionally underrepresented early career scientists in the biomedical sciences who are pursuing doctoral thesis research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). This award, generously sponsored by a donation from Charles and Susan Sawyers to the Maximizing Excellence in Research, Innovation, and Technology Program, supports trainees with aspirations...

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Gilliam Fellowship

Congratulations to Chloe Lopez-Lee (Neuro, 4th year) and Dr. Li Gan on receipt of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study. This innovative award funds both the dissertation adviser and graduate student. The selection criteria are based on essential components of a productive research environment, particularly the adviser’s commitment to creating a healthy academic ecosystem that places importance on diversity and inclusivity, as well as the student’s...

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NCI F99/K00

We would like to congratulate Nicholas Prescott (TPCB, 5th year) on receipt of the prestigious NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00). This year, the NCI bestowed the award on a total of 24 trainees across the country. This extremely competitive fellowship will support Nicholas for the duration of his dissertation research training and his subsequent transition to a cancer-focused postdoctoral research position. Further, this multi-year award brings in over $300,...

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