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Weill Cornell Medicine’s Class of 2023 gathered in Carnegie Hall for their commencement ceremony May 18.

Video of Congratulations to the Class of 2023 | Weill Cornell Medicine

Dr. Christopher Bourne’s journey to Weill Cornell Medicine’s 2023 Commencement was defined by two of his passions: science and social activism – both informed profoundly by the events of 2020.

Dr. Bourne graduated May 18 with a doctorate in immunology from...

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Drs. Barb Hempstead, Cheryl Dreyfus, and Francis Lee

Dr. Cheryl Dreyfus, a distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, has been awarded the 2023 Weill Cornell Graduate School Alumni Award of Distinction.

The Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences has been recognizing alumni with this award since 1997 in honor of their outstanding contributions to biomedical research in education, focusing on science and scholarship, leadership, mentoring...

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Graduating students wearing regalia pose for a group photo.

Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences honored students in the Class of 2023 for their academic achievements during its convocation ceremony on May 17.

The ceremony recognized students who are graduating with their master’s degrees, as well as those who earned special awards and prizes for their accomplishments in research, scholarship and service.

In addition to celebrating students, the ceremony also honored graduate school faculty as well as Dr. Cheryl Dreyfus (Ph.D...

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Upcoming Seminars

Saki Ichikawa, Ph.D.
June 7, 2023 - 4:00pm
Department of Pharmacology Special Seminar Saki Ichikawa, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology Harvard University For additional information, please contact: Lissett Checo, email:
WIP 6/30/23
June 30, 2023 - 1:00pm
Marilena D’Aurelio, PhD, Associate Professor of Research in Neuroscience, BMRI, WCM Part of the Work in Progress seminar series

Thesis Defenses

Josue Barnes
Date: Monday, June 12, 2023 - 12:00pm

Josue Barnes
Physiology, Biophysics and Systems Biology

Chairperson: Dr. Olivier Elemento
Major Sponsor: Dr. Iman Hajirasouliha
Minor Sponsors: Dr. David Christini, Dr. Anna-Katerina Hadjantonakis, and Amy Kuceyeski


Jennifer E. Goertz
Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2023 - 10:00am

Jennifer E. Goertz

Chairperson: Dr. Anjali Rajadhyaksha
Major Sponsor: Dr. Josef Anrather
Minor Sponsors: Dr. Costantino Iadecola and Dr. Teresa Milner

Additional Member: Dr. Teresa Sanchez Garcia Vao (Weill Cornell Medicine)

Mervin M. Fansler
Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2023 - 3:00pm

Mervin M. Fansler
Tri-Institutional PhD Program in Computational Biology and Medicine (TPCBM)

Chairperson: Dr. Tuomas Tammela
Major Sponsor: Dr. Christine Mayr
Minor Sponsors: Dr. Doron Betel, and Dr. Quaid Morris


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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