Our First-Year PhD Students

Monday, August 25, 2014

Pictured: First-Year PhD Students

The Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences welcomed its ninth class of PhD students on July 21, 2014. The nine students are Steven Albanese, Jacob A. Boyer, Christopher Hulton, Nayan Jain, Nicholas F. Kuhn, Xiaoyi Li, Michelle M.E. Riegman, Benjamin Y. Tischler, and Yuchen Xie.

The new GSK class comes from Columbia University, Cornell University, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Julius-Maximilian’s University of Wurzbürg, Northeastern University, Pennsylvania State University, Tsinghua University, and University College Utrecht.

The new arrivals participated in a weeklong orientation to get on board with housing and administration and the MSK community.  They were welcomed by GSK faculty, students, and staff at a reception on July 21. The orientation culminated with a dinner cruise on July 26; the students began their first lab rotation on July 28.


Steven Albanese
Steven Albanese

Undergraduate Institution: Cornell University
First Year Mentor: Jason Lewis
Rotation Mentor: Daniel Heller


Jacob A. Boyer
Jacob A. Boyer

Undergraduate Institution: Pennsylvania State University
First Year Mentor: Alan Hall
Rotation Mentor: Christopher Park


Christopher Hulton
Christopher Hulton

Undergraduate Institution: Northeastern University
First Year Mentor: Christopher Park
Rotation Mentor: Charles Rudin


Nayan Jain
Nayan Jain

Undergraduate Institution: Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
First Year Mentor: Andrea Ventura
Rotation Mentor: Grégoire Altan-Bonnet


Nicholas Frederik Kuhn
Nicholas Frederik Kuhn

Undergraduate Institution: Julius-Maximilian’s University of Wurzbürg
First Year Mentor: Michael Glickman
Rotation Mentor: Jedd Wolchok


Xiaoyi Li
Xiaoyi Li

Undergraduate Institution: Tsinghua University
First Year Mentor: Xiaolan Zhao
Rotation Mentor: Scott Lowe


Michelle M. E. Riegman
Michelle M. E. Riegman

Undergraduate Institution: University College Utrecht
First Year Mentor: Emily Foley
Rotation Mentor: Emily Cheng


Benjamin Yona Tischler
Benjamin Yona Tischler

Undergraduate Institution: Columbia University
First Year Mentor: Ross Levine
Rotation Mentor: Philipp Niethammer


Yuchen Xie
Yuchen Xie

Undergraduate Institution: Tsinghua University
First Year Mentor: Emily Cheng
Rotation Mentor: Ming Li