Saturday, May 15, 2010

Gerstner Sloan Kettering held its inaugural retreat, on April 30 and May 1, to foster scientific and personal exchanges between students and faculty. The retreat brought together 32 students and 28 faculty members, as well as school leadership and keynote speakers for two days filled with science, networking, lively discussions, and fun. The retreat was held at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY.

One faculty member summed up the impact of the retreat: “It was awesome. The students were superb. And the program nurtured meaningful interactions among attendees — both students and faculty.”

Three Students — Eric Alonzo, Karen Hunter, and John Maciejowski — were session moderators. These three students joined eight other students to present their research to fellow retreat participants.

Student Presenters


Pictured: Eric Alonzo
Eric Alonzo
Presentation:
Aligning pathways towards an integrated map of cellular processes
Mentor:
Derek Sant’Angelo

Pictured: James Dowdle
James Dowdle
Presentation:
Mouse SPO11 interacting partners: In search of meiotic double-strand break proteins
Mentor:
Scott Keeney

Pictured: Nicholas Gauthier
Nicholas Gauthier

Presentation:
Combinatorial perturbations of GBM tumorspheres
Mentor:
Chris Sander


Pictured: Yvonne Gruber Mica
Yvonne Gruber Mica
Presentation:
Directed differentiation and prospective isolation of human embryonic stem cell derived melanocytes
Mentor:
Lorenz Studer

Pictured: Karen Hunter
Karen Hunter

Presentation:
The role of heparanase in promoting tumor progression in the RIP1-Tag2 model of pancreatic islet carcinogenesis
Mentor:
Johanna Joyce


Pictured: John Maciejowski
John Maciejowski
Presentation:
The MPS1 protein kinase controls the cytosolic and kinetochore-resident branches of the spindle checkpoint in human cells
Mentor:
Prasad Jallepalli

Pictured: Alexandria Miller
Alexandria Miller
Presentation:
Structural studies and characterization of a eukaryotic two-pore domain potassium channel
Mentor:
Stephen Long

Pictured: Semanti Mukherjee
Semanti Mukherjee
Presentation:
Evaluating statistical power of shared controls in genome wide association studies
Mentor:
Robert Klein

Pictured: Jeffery Smith
Jeffery Smith
Presentation:
The role of Rho GTPases in breast cancer invasion and proliferation
Mentor:
Alan Hall

Pictured: Dimiter Tassev
Dimiter Tassev
Presentation:
Targeting neuroblastoma using a GD2-specific scFv-Fc fusion protein
Mentor:
Nai-Kong Cheung

Pictured: Shannon Yu
Shannon Yu
Presentation:
Cellular and molecular events regulating myoblast fusion in mammals
Mentor:
Mary Baylies