Engineering Summer Program Alumni

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2022 Alumni

Amritha Anup

Amritha Anup
Dartmouth College

Mentor: Rob Schwartz
Institution: Weill Cornell Medicine
Project: Modeling Fatty Alcohol Liver Disease with Tissue Spheroids


Andre Deosaran

Andre Deosaran
CUNY City College of New York

Mentor: Kristen Pleil
Institution: Weill Cornell Medicine
Project: Circuit Characterization of PVT Modulation of Stress Cycle


Elena Grajales

Elena Grajales
University of Pennsylvania

Mentor: Moonsoo Jin
Institution: Weill Cornell Medicine
Project: Engineering ICAM-1 Specific CAR T Cells Secreting BiTEs Against Gastric Cancer


Joshua Lau

Joshua Lau
UC San Diego

Mentor: Milind Rajadhyksha
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Minimally Supervised Clustering of Clinical Dermatology Images


Timon Lwo

Timon Lwo
University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Mentor: Ashley Laughney
Institution: Weill Cornell Medicine
Project: Predicting Protein Structural-Functional Changes through Alphafold


Amanda Murray

Amanda Murray
Clemson University

Mentor: Michael McDevitt
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Sensitizing prostate cancer to alpha particle therapy via exploitation of a synthetic lethal pathway


Nawal Panjwani

Nawal Panjwani
New York University

Mentor: Simone Winkler
Institution: Weill Cornell Medicine
Project: A Deep Learning Framework to Improve MRI Safety


Kaitlyn Pierpont

Kaitlyn Pierpont
University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Mentor: Dan Heller
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Characterizing the Immune Landscape of Bone Marrow Transplant Induced Acute Kidney Injury for the Development of Targeted Nanotherapeutics


Brian Simoes

Brian Simoes
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Mentor: Kayvan Keshari
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Development of a Microfluidic Device for Real-Time analysis of metabolic flux using NMR microcoil


Jia (Emma) Zeng

Jia (Emma) Zeng
Colgate University

Mentor: Dan Heller
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Development of Molecular Recognition Based Nanosensor for IL6 Detection

2021 Alumni

Gabriella Baraks

Gabriella Baraks
SUNY Stony Brook

Mentor: Stephen Solomon
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Investigating Metabolic Vulnerabilities in High and Low NRF2 Expressing Cells After Ischemia


Simon Blanchard

Simon Blanchard
Villanova University

Mentor: Michael McDevitt
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Analysis of Changing DNA Repair Pathways in Response to Repeated Alpha Particle Therapy


Savannah Chatman

Savannah Chatman
Scripps College

Mentor: Dan Heller
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Implantable sensor for Niemann Pick Type A and B


Daniella Jimenez

Daniella Jimenez
City College of New York

Mentor: Jan Grimm
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Characterizing Feraheme Uptake in Cancer Cells


Bryce Katch

Bryce Katch
Pennsylvania State University

Mentor: Alexandros Pertsinidis
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Automated Imaging of Genome Topology in Mammalian Cells


Andoni Nolasco

Andoni Nolasco
Columbia University

Mentor: Rajadhyaskha Millind
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Towards Immune Mapping of the Tumor Microenvironment


Eeshaan Rehani

Eeshaan Rehani
University of Texas, Austin

Mentor: Travis Hollmann
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Immune Selection Under Evolution Across Metastases in Breast ER+ Invasive Ductal Carcinoma


Isabella Richter

Isabella Richter
Vanderbilt University

Mentor: Dan Heller
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Development of Lipid Nanoparticles for Drug and mRNA Delivery


Ana Rosu

Ana Rosu
Johns Hopkins University

Mentor: Kayvan Keshari
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Method of Quick Injection into Nanocoil for Hyperpolarized MRI


2020 Alumni

Francesca Denise Abulencia

Francesca Denise Abulencia
Emory University

Mentor: Kayvan Keshari
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: IDEAL Separation of DHA, Vitamin C, and Urea


Anabel Alfonso

Anabel Alfonso
The Georgia Institute of Technology

Mentor: Milind Rahadhyaksha
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Dynamic Imaging of Microvasculature in the Tumor-microenvironment


Joseph Asfouri

Joseph Asfouri
Rice University

Mentor: Kristen Pleil
Institution: Weill Cornell Medicine
Project: Release of CRF by the sexually-dimorphic BNST induces binge alcohol drinking and anxiety disorders


Kevin Cavallo

Kevin Cavallo
Cornell University

Mentor: Daniel Heller
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Genomic Database Search for Oncogene Expression Profiles


Tara Foley

Tara Foley
Johns Hopkins University

Mentor: Daniel Heller
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Effect of RNA Splicing on Mu-Opioid Receptors


Jessica Su

Jessica Su
Johns Hopkins University

Mentor: Conor Liston
Institution: Weill Cornell Medicine
Project: Deep Breath Detection in fMRI Scans


2019 Alumni
Engineering Summer Program Alumni 2019

(From left to right) Top row: Fayyaz Ahamed, Qiyue Peng, Elizabeth Rieger; Middle row: Amish Patel, Yuzhou (Evelyn) Tong; Bottom row: Jolie Feldman, Erin Keblish, Lainie Eisner, Allison Chen

Fayyaz Ahamed

Fayyaz Ahamed
University of California, Berkeley

Mentor: Kayvan Keshari
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Real-Time Detection of Metabolic Flux and Drug Response in Melanoma Cells Using a Micromagnetic Resonance Spectrometer


Allison Chen

Allison Chen
University of San Diego

Mentor: Daniel Heller
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: A Tumor-selective Nanoparticle for Delivery of a novel MYC inhibitor


Lainie Eisner

Lainie Eisner
University of Michigan

Mentor: Suzanne Maher
Institution: Hospital for Special Surgery
Project: Mimicking Activities of Daily Living in Cadaveric Simulated Gait


Jolie Feldman

Jolie Feldman
Duke University

Mentor: Michael McDevitt
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: NLRP3 Inflammasome and Cytokine Cross-talk in Acute Kidney Injury Pathogenesis


Erin Keblish

Erin Keblish
City College of New York

Mentor: Kristin Pleil
Institution: Weill Cornell Medicine
Project: Development of a Multi-Channel Fiber Photometry System


Amish Patel

Amish Patel
Rutgers University

Mentor: Alex Kentsis
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Development of Next Generation of Peptidomimetic Inhibitor Targeting MYB:CBP/P300 Complex in Acute Myeloid Leukemia


Qiyue Peng

Qiyue Peng
Columbia University

Mentor: Daniel Heller
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Defect Tailored Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes: Optical Nanosensor to Measure the Warburg Effect Intratumorally


Elizabeth Rieger

Elizabeth Rieger
University of Pennsylvania

Mentor: Conor Liston
Institution: Weill Cornell Medicine
Project: Elucidating the Involvement of Somatostatin Interneurons in Working Memory Through Optogenetic Inhibition in Mice


Yuzhou Tong

Yuzhou Tong
University of San Diego

Mentor: Moonsoo Jin
Institution: Weill Cornell Medicine
Project: Dual CAR-T Therapy Targeting ICAM1 and HER2 in Breast Cancer


2018 Alumni
Engineering Summer Program Alumni 2018

(From left to right) Top row: Miriam Saffern, Hill Chang, Abigail Ayers, Naedum DomNwachukwu, Darren Lin; Bottom row: Carmine Wang See, Kitty Liu, John Nyugen, Kimberly Crowley, Kristin Ludwicki

Abigail Ayers

Abigail Ayers
Vanderbilt University

Mentor: Daniel Heller
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Carbon Nanotube Probes for Detection of Electrophysiological Activity in Excitable Cells


Hill Chang

Hill Chang
Rutgers University

Mentor: Alexandros Pertsinidis
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Observing the dynamics of small-molecule p300/CBP inhibition at the single gene level in live cells


Kimberly Crowley

Kimberly Crowley
Washington University

Mentor: Govind Srimathveeravalli
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Medical Device for Uniform Ablation of the Urothelial Lining in a Rat Bladder


Naedum DomNwachukwu

Naedum DomNwachukwu
Cornell University

Mentor: Michelle Bradbury
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Engineering of sdAb-functionalized Cornell Prime Dots for Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Targeting


Darren Lin

Darren Lin
City College of New York

Mentor: Kayvan Keshari
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: The Effect of Substrate Stiffness on Breast Cancer Cell Metabolism and Morphology


Kitty Liu

Kitty Liu
Stony Brook University

Mentor: Jan Grimm Memorial
Institution: Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Multifunctional Rhodamine Doped Silica Nanoparticle for Prostate Cancer Theranostics


Kristin Ludwicki

Kristin Ludwicki
Siena College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Mentor: Kayvan Keshari
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Scalable Cell-Microencapsulation Method for Metabolic Flux Analysis in 3D Culture System


John Nyugen

John Nyugen
Cooper Union

Mentor: Govind Srimathveeravalli
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Voxel-based 3D Printing Method to Design Anatomically Informed Textured Phantoms for the Assessment of Medical Imaging Equipment


Miriam Saffern

Miriam Saffern
Columbia University

Mentor: Michael McDevitt
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Disruption of macrophage CD47-SIRPα immune checkpoint via siRNA-mediated knockdown of SIRPA


Carmine Wang See

Carmine Wang See
City College of New York

Mentor: Amber Simpson
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Prediction of Histologic Growth Patterns from Preoperative CT Imaging via Machine Learning