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Student Research

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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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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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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Weill Cornell Graduate School (WCGS) invites brilliant undergraduates from across the country to intern in our laboratories each summer. The Advancing Cornell Career Experiences for Science Students (ACCESS) summer internship program has been active since 1993 and now boasts over 240 alumni!

This successful program, run by a dedicated team of WCGS faculty, staff, and students, acts as a pipeline to entry into competitive graduate and medical professional programs. Dr. Melissa Boneta...

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WCGS celebrated our 69th Convocation and Commencement Ceremonies last week where we honored the 2021 graduating class. With over one thousand students and four hundred faculty members, WCGS provides a rich and diverse atmosphere that fosters superior scientific training. Although the 2021 graduating class came to Weill Cornell from different backgrounds, they all shared a desire to pursue their passions and test their creativity. They have produced outstanding scholarship...

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The body is full of trillions of bacteria, viruses and fungi that are collectively known as the microbiome. The bulk of these microbes live in our intestines where they are referred to as the gut microbiome. Itai Doron, a graduate student working in the lab of Dr. Iliyan Iliev, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology in Medicine at WCM, studies the interaction between commensal fungi and our immune cells at mucosal surfaces in the body. He recently discovered that gut commensal...

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The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) ensures the quality, vitality, and diversity of the scientific research in the United States. This prestigious program recognizes and funds outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

WCGS students experience high success rates each year, and here, we highlight the two awardees and six students who...

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2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery of aerobic glycolysis by German physician Otto Warburg—the Warburg Effect. Warburg discovered that fast-proliferating cancer cells produce energy from glucose in an inefficient manner. Rather than oxidizing the glucose molecule with oxygen inside of mitochondria, cancer cells catabolize it via lactate dehydrogenase (LDH)-mediated fermentation. This oxygen-independent process occurs quickly but leaves much of the energy in glucose untouched....

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Anoushka Joglekar grew up in Pune, India, a metropolis with rich historical and cultural roots dating back several centuries. Joglekar came to the United States to pursue her undergraduate studies at the Ohio State University and joined the Tri-I Computational Biology and Medicine (Tri-I CBM) in 2017. Part of WCGS’s appeal was the direct access to some of the greatest research labs in the country. “I had the freedom to choose the focus of my research and I appreciate the highly collaborative...

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WCGS third-year Ph.D. Pharmacology students Svena Verma and Albert Agustinus were recently awarded Drug Discovery Predoctoral Fellowships in the amount of $25,000 per year for two years from the PhRMA Foundation. They are two out of just five recipients of this prestigious fellowship.The PhRMA Foundation is a national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting a variety of research projects to help advance innovative scientific research and education by awarding fellowships and grants....

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