Summer/Fall 2010 at Gerstner Sloan Kettering

Twenty-four undergraduate students joined our community of scientists for ten weeks, working with faculty mentors who helped them to define and realize their research projects. The school welcomed our new class of PhD students, who have completed their first laboratory rotation, while our second-year students have completed their core curriculum courses and selected their thesis laboratories. Although many of the summer’s activities took place in the labs, collaborations in settings where students and faculty, as well as their families and friends, could interact informally were also part of the summer’s agenda.

See slide show highlighting the summer’s events.


2010 Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Jeannie Camarillo

The summer experience that I had at Gerstner Sloan Kettering was incredible. From the moment I got here, I felt so much support from both the program administration and my fellow SURP students. Once I got into my lab, all of my labmates were willing to assist me in any way possible. The activities that we attended were also excellent in allowing us to grow as scientists. The seminars were an excellent way to learn about other areas of research to which I have not been previously exposed. Also, meeting with current graduate students and learning about their experiences about applying to graduate school and life in graduate school was very helpful. I have a much better understanding of what it takes to be a scientist after my experiences here and feel I have the capabilities to succeed in my future graduate education.

Jeannie was mentored by faculty member Luca Cartegni.



Shaps Scholars
Four summer students are named Rubin and Sarah Shaps Scholars each summer. Students are selected on the basis of their outstanding undergraduate credentials and their performance in our summer program.


Jeannie Camarillo

Jeannie Camarillo, a junior majoring in physiology at the University of Arizona. She was mentored by Luca Cartegni, in the Molecular Pharmacology and Chemistry Program.


Emily Grzybowski

Emily Grzybowski, a junor double-majoring in molecular genetics and fine arts at the University of Rochester. She was mentored by Zhirong Bao, in the Developmental Biology Program.


Nathaniel Kim

Nathaniel Kim, a junior majoring in chemistry at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He was mentored by Jason Lewis, in the Department of Radiology.


Daniel Triner

Daniel Triner, a junior majoring in biology at Walsh University. He was mentored by Cole Haynes, in the Cell Biology Program.


Summer Students’ Research Recognized at National Conference

Three 2010 summer students — Jeannie Camarillo, Mariela Martinez Rivera, and Cynthia Sandoval — won poster awards at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in November. Over 1,200 posters were submitted and only 140 awards presented.


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Our Second-Year PhD Students

Our second-year students declared their thesis laboratories and have begun full-time work on their dissertation research.


Minna Balbas

Minna Balbas
Charles Sawyers
Human Oncology and Pathogenesis


Daniel Marks

Daniel Marks
Robert Benezra
Cancer Biology and Genetics


Justine Miller

Justine Miller
Lorenz Studer
Developmental Biology


Prashant Monian
Prashant Monian
Xuejun Jiang
Cell Biology

Oakley Olson

Oakley Olson
Johanna Joyce
Cancer Biology and Genetics


Cindy Puente

Cindy Puente
Xuejun Jiang
Cell Biology


Piero Sanfilippo

Piero Sanfilippo
Christine Mayr
Cancer Biology and Genetics


Lindsay Saunders

Lindsay Saunders
Ross Levine
Human Oncology and Pathogenesis


Alison Spencer
Alison Spencer
Jennifer Zallen
Developmental Biology

Lei Wei
Lei Wei
Xiaolan Zhao
Molecular Biology
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Our First-Year PhD Students

First-Year PhD Students

Congratulations to Faculty

Congratulations to Charles Sawyers, who was elected to the National Academy of Sciences at its annual meeting on April 27, 2010.


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The School Welcomes New Faculty Members

Boris Bastian
Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program
Research Interests: Genetic and biologic characterization of cutaneous neoplasia

Joseph Sun
Immunology
Research Interests: Natural killer cell development and responses against infection

Danwei Huangfu
Developmental Biology
Manipulating cell fates for regenerative medicine

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