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 in diverse disciplines, from fundamental biologic processes to potential advances in patient care.
Once again, congratulations to all of the students in the 2021 graduating class! The following students and faculty received awards for their academic and scientific accomplishments at Convocation.
Established in 1997, the Weill Cornell Graduate School Distinguished Alumnus Award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to biomedical research and education.
Eric Huang, M.D. ’86, Ph.D. ’93
Professor of Pathology at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
Named for a former Dean of the Graduate School, the Rachele Prize is the highest student award presented by the school. It is awarded to students who have published significant research in a scientific journal during the prior year. This year, two students received the Rachele Prize:
Gary Dixon, Ph.D. for “QSER1 protects DNA methylation valleys from de novo methylation”. Science 372, 9 April 2021. BCMB Program, PI Danwei Huangfu.
Ke Xu, Ph.D. for “Glycolysis fuels phosphoinositide 3-kinase signaling to bolster T cell immunity”. Science 371,22 January 2021. IMP Program, PI Ming Li.
Christopher Bourne, IMP Program, PI David Scheinberg
Spearheaded the creation of the Social Justice and Anti-Racism Taskforce (SJAR) at Weill Cornell Medicine. Also active in our ACCESS program, a graduate school pipeline program offered to students from underserved populations.
Camir Ricketts, Ph.D., Tri-Institutional Computational Medicine Program, PBSB, PI Iman Hajirasouliha
Founder of “Minds Of Jamaica” a platform that connects underrepresented minority students with professionals in genomics and data science.
Thomas Rossetti, Pharmacology Program, PI Lonny Levin and PI Jochen Buck
Kysta DiKun, Pharmacology Program, PI Lorraine Guda
Co-Chairs of the 40th Annual Vincent du Vigneaud Memorial Virtual Symposium
Jordana Thibado, Ph.D., PBSB Program, PI Joshua Levitz
1st Place: Thasin Peyear, “The Time Course of Amphiphile Translocation Across Lipid Bilayers.”
PI Olaf Andersen.
2nd Place: Nicholas Bartelo, “Predicting Risk of Disease Progression for Pre-diabetic Patients.”
PI Olivier Elemento.
3rd Place: Tran Hoang, “Detecting EGFR Expression in Bladder Cancer Using [89Zr]Zr-DFO-Panitumumab immunoPET imaging.” PI Jason Lewis.
1st Place: Anthony Antonelli, “Mycobacterium bovis BCG Induces CD4 T Cell-Dependent Tumor Immunity Against Bladder Cancer via Tumor-Intrinsic Interferon Gamma Signaling.” PI Michael Glickman.
2nd Place: Robert Myers, “A Single-Cell Multiomic Investigation of JAK2 V617F Mutant Myeloproliferative Neoplasms.” PI Dan-Avi Landau.
3rd Place: Katherine Lopez, “Maternal Postpartum Exercise Mitigates the Metabolic Cost of a Fat Rich Diet.” PI Miklos Toth.
3rd Place: Jessica Falci, “Novel Autophagy Activators for Aggregated Tau Degradation.” PI Yueming Li.
1st Place: Bobbie Pelham-Webb, “The Molecular Resetting of Pluripotent Stem Cell Identity during Mitotic Exit.” PI Effie Apostolou.
2nd Place: Aleksandr Talishinsky, “Distinct Transcriptomic Signatures Predict Sexually Dimorphic Connectivity Changes in Depression.” PI Conor Liston.
3rd Place: Tomer Yaron,” Phosphorylation of SARS-CoV-2 Nucleocapsid Protein Selectively Regulates Viral and Host RNA-Protein Binding and is Essential for Viral Infection.” PI Olivier Elemento and PI Lewis Cantley.
3rd Place: Alexandra Miller, “A Novel Reporter System Identifies Iron Uptake Virulence Genes in Mycobacteria.” PI Sabine Ehrt.
Carl Nathan, M.D., R.A. Rees Pritchett Professor of Microbiology
Chairman, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Professor of Medicine
Alexander “Sasha” Rudensky, Ph.D.
Chairman, Immunology Program, SKI
Director, Ludwig Center at MSK
Co-Chair, IMP Program
Anna Orr, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
Brain and Mind Research Institute
Lucy A Skrabanek, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Computational Biomedicine in Physiology and Biophysics
Bjorn F Kafsack, Ph.D., MHS, M.S.
Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Monica Guzman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pharmacology in Medicine