Graduate School of Medical Sciences
A partnership with the Sloan Kettering Institute

Thesis Defenses

In Vivo Characterization of Keratinocytes in the Melanoma Microenvironment
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

Regulation of the Full-Length Soluble Adenylyl Cyclase Isoform
Jacob J. Ferreira
Date: Thursday, July 11, 2024 - 10:30am

Jacob J. Ferreira
Pharmacology

Chairperson: Dr. Pengbo Zhou
Major Sponsors: Dr. Lonny Levin and Dr. Jochen Buck
Minor Sponsors: Dr. Yueming Li and Dr. Minkui Luo

Targeting Tumor Glycolysis Redirects Intratumoral Glucose Uptake and Improves Anti-Tumor Immunity
Svena Verma
Date: Thursday, July 11, 2024 - 3:00pm

Svena Verma
Pharmacology

Chairperson: Dr. Steven Gross
Major Sponsors: Dr. Taha Merghoub and Dr. Jedd Wolchok
Minor Sponsors: Dr. John Blenis and Dr. Roberta Zappasodi

Harnessing the Immune Modulatory Properties of the Senescence Program to Treat Cancer
Caroline M. Broderick
Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2024 - 11:00am

Caroline M. Broderick
Pharmacology

Chairperson: Dr. Andrea Schietinger
Major Sponsor: Dr. Scott W. Lowe
Minor Sponsors: Dr. Karuna Ganesh and Dr. Charles Rudin

Additional Member: Dr. Andrew Aguirre (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute)

Loss of the Orphan G Protein-Coupled Receptor GPR52 in Breast Cancer: A Novel Regulator of Multicellular Organization
Sarah Hanif
Date: Thursday, July 18, 2024 - 9:00am

Sarah Z. Hanif, M.D.-Ph.D. Student
Cell and Developmental Biology

Chairperson: Dr. Xin-Yun Huang
Major Sponsor: Dr. Kristy Brown
Minor Sponsor: Dr. Xin-Yun Ganesh

Additional Member: Dr. Gregory Alushin (The Rockefeller University)

Alzheimer’s Disease-Linked Risk Alleles Elevate Microglial cGAS-Associated Senescence and Neurodegeneration in a Tauopathy Model
Gillian K. Carling
Date: Thursday, July 18, 2024 - 10:00am

Gillian K. Carling
Neuroscience

Chairperson: Dr. Giovanni Manfredi
Major Sponsor: Dr. Li Gan
Minor Sponsors: Dr. Gary Gibson and Dr. Yueming Li

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