Molecular Imaging Summer Program Alumni

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2022 Alumni

Anusha Chegu

Anusha Chegu
Washington University in St. Louis

Mentor: Philipp Niethammer
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Investigating the Role of the Eicosanoid Pathway in Osmotic Surveillance and Wound Detection through Vascular Endothelial Cell Responses in Larval Zebrafish


Josephine Chen

Josephine Chen
Cornell University

Mentor: Jason Lewis
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Evaluation of a MUC1-Targeted Immunoconjugate for PET, NIRF, and Multimodal Imaging of Ovarian Cancer


Alexandra Dalrymple

Alexandra Dalrymple
Yale University

Mentor: Vladimir Ponomarev
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Monitoring the efficacy of CEA-specific CAR-T cell therapy in preventing colorectal cancer metastasis


Abdul-Vehab Dozic

Abdul-Vehab Dozic
University of Florida

Mentor: Jan Grimm
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: A User-Friendly Automated Clinical Cerenkov Luminescence Imaging System


Bailey Levin

Bailey Levin
Tufts University

Mentor: Alexandros Pertsinidis
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Integration of Adaptive Optics into an Interferometric Lattice Light Sheet Microscope


Siyang Peng

Siyang Peng
University of Wisconsin Madison

Mentor: Philipp Niethammer
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Studying the Role of the Oxo-eicosanoid receptor in intestinal inflammation


Shravasti Ray

Shravasti Ray
Cornell University

Mentor: Kayvan Keshari
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: GLUT5 Overexpression Increases Fructose Metabolism in vitro


Anjali Shinde

Anjali Shinde
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Mentor: Milind Rajadhyksha
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: PARPi-FL Staining for Melanoma Diagnosis


Abrielle Swartz

Abrielle Swartz
St. Lawrence University

Mentor: Anna-Katerina Hadjantonakis
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Spatial annotation of single-cell RNAseq data using multiplex 3D imaging


Aidan Wirrick

Aidan Wirrick
University of Missouri Columbia

Mentor: Kishore Pillarsetty
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Pharmacokinetics of a Model Antigen from Adjuvanted Vaccines using Nuclear Techniques

2021 Alumni

Amala Akkiraju

Amala Akkiraju
University of California, Berkeley

Mentor: Kayvan Keshari
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Using a Diamond Microscope for Metabolic Imaging


Jessica Das

Jessica Das
CUNY Hunter College

Mentor: Agnel Sfeir
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Visualizing Polymerase Theta (POLQ) at DNA Double Strand Breaks


Roberto De Gregorio

Roberto De Gregorio
CUNY Brooklyn College

Mentor: Jason Lewis
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: PET imaging of acidic tumor microenvironment with 89Zr-labeled membrane inserting peptides


Michael Dimitrov

Michael Dimitrov
Adelphi University

Mentor: Jason Lewis
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: yH2AX-a marker for double strand breaks in pancreatic cancer


Ghazal (Hazel) Kamyabi

Ghazal (Hazel) Kamyabi
University of California, Berkeley

Mentor: Jan Grimm
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Doxas for Treatment of Cancer Cells


Dennis Kinyua

Dennis Kinyua
Brown University

Mentor: Philipp Niethammer
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Using cPla2 as a mechano-sensor to study nuclear membrane mechanics in live cultured cells


Julia (Kat) McKinnis

Julia (Kat) McKinnis
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Mentor: Vladimir Ponomarev
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Developing novel, noninvasive approaches for longitudinal in vivo imaging of T lymphocyte and tumor cell fate


Kaitlin Rhee

Kaitlin Rhee
University of California, Berkeley

Mentor: Nagavarakishore Pillarsetty
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Synthesis and evaluation of PET imaging probes


2020 Alumni

Shanjeed Ali

Shanjeed Ali
Hunter College

Mentor: Jason Lewis
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Imaging Activated Vγ9Vδ2 T-cells Utilizing Phosphoantigen Binding to the BTN3A1 Protein and Click Chemistry


Gregory Cain

Gregory Cain
Harvard University

Mentor: Jan Grimm
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


Rosemary Chen

Rosemary Chen
Brown University

Mentor: Michelle Bradbury
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Nanotechnology and Molecular Imaging in Surgical Applications


Nina Filippone

Nina Filippone
Binghamton University

Mentor: Thomas Reiner
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Development validation and translational of novel imaging agents


Julia Gutierrez

Julia Gutierrez
New York University

Mentor: Nagavakishore Pillarsetty
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: PET probes for identifying cancer subtypes


Rebecca Litvak

Rebecca Litvak
Hunter College

Mentor: Vladimir Ponomarev
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Reporter Gene Imaging


Jose Montalvo Rivera

Jose Montalvo Rivera
University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras

Mentor: David Schneiberg
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: A Quest for Ligand Targets of Next Generation Gated CAR T Cells


Ariel Pan

Ariel Pan
University of Chicago

Mentor: Jason Lewis
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: 86Y uPAR antibody for senescent cell imaging


Akash Patel

Akash Patel
The College of New Jersey

Mentor: Kayvan Keshari
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Novel approaches to cancer metabolism for diagnosis and treatment


2019 Alumni
Molecular Imaging Summer Program Alumni 2019

(From left to right) Top row: Caleb Sooknanan, Catherine Fitzgerald, Abigail Kostolansky, Josiah Celestine; Middle row: Andriy Yatsykiv, Charlotte Thomas, Gianna Mincone, Dylan Manuele, Spencer Kaminsky Bottom row: Claudia Wong, Xuwen (Alice) Zheng, Catherine Stratis

Josiah Celestine

Josiah Celestine
University of Florida

Mentor: Kishore Pillarsetty
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Modulation of Prostate Specific Membrane Antigen (PSMA) as a Response to Treatment in Prostate Cancer


Catherine Fitzgerald

Catherine Fitzgerald
University of Melbourne

Mentor: Jason Lewis
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: A MUC16-targeted humanized antibody for in vivo PET/CT imaging of pancreatic cancer


Spencer Kaminsky

Spencer Kaminsky
Washington University

Mentor: Jason Lewis
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Development of an indirect antibody internalization assay using radiolabeled antigen-binding fragments


Abigail Kostolansky

Abigail Kostolansky
Princeton University

Mentor: Thomas Reiner
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: PARP Expression and PARPi-FL Uptake in Esophageal Normal Tissue and Adenocarcinoma


Dylan Manuele

Dylan Manuele
University of Rochester

Mentor: Thomas Reiner
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Spider Venom Peptide for Imaging Nerves


Gianna Mincone

Gianna Mincone
Bucknell University

Mentor: Anna-Katerina Hadjantonakis
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Dynamic spatial coupling of key lineage transcription factors GATA6 and NANOG during the Inner Cell Mass lineage allocation process in mouse embryo


Caleb Sooknanan

Caleb Sooknanan
Stony Brook

Mentor: Peter Gibbs
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: The Added Value of Diffusion-Weighted and Contrast-Enhanced Imaging Data Types within Breast MRI Radiomics


Catherine Stratis

Catherine Stratis
Hunter College

Mentor: Jan Grimm
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Tumor-on-a-Chip to Evaluate the Role of Prostate-Specific Membrane Antigen (PSMA)


Charlotte Thomas

Charlotte Thomas
Duke University

Mentor: Jan Grimm
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Prodrug of Doxazolidine Activatable via Reactive Oxygen Species


Claudia Wong

Claudia Wong
University of California, Berkeley

Mentor: Kayvan Keshari
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Identifying the Mechanism of Metabolic Plasticity of Leukemic Cells in Glucose-Limited Environment


Andriy Yatsykiv

Andriy Yatsykiv
Hunter College

Mentor: Michelle Bradbury
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Ultrasmall Renally Clearable Silica Nanoparticle Targets Prostate Cancer


Xuwen Zheng

Xuwen Zheng
Johns Hopkins University

Mentor: Morgan Huse
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: The Role of MRTF on Cancer Cell Biophysical Properties


2018 Alumni
Molecular Imaging Summer Program

(From left to right) Top row: Vivian Huang, Luanna Chan, Micaela Millan, Kiara Cruickshank, Jack Berry, George Diehl (not pictured); Bottom row: Chace Carpenter, Veer Shah, Ariana Bitton, Jenny Ijoma, Elizabeth Rieger

Jack Berry

Jack Berry
University of Newcastle

Mentor: Jason Lewis
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Radiolabeling of the scorpion venom peptide chlorotoxin with indium-111 for the molecular imaging of brain tumors


Ariana Bitton

Ariana Bitton
University of Wisconsin Madison

Mentor: Kishore Pillarsetty
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: BMT Liposomes Study


Chace Carpenter

Chace Carpenter
University of Vermont

Mentor: Jan Grimm
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Cerenkov Luminescence-Activatable Imaging Probes and T herapies


Luanna Chan

Luanna Chan
Johns Hopkins University

Mentor: Charles Rudin
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: A High-Diversity, Ribosome Display Library for Cyclic Peptide Probe Discovery


Kiara Cruickshank

Kiara Cruickshank
Clarkson University

Mentor: Michelle Bradbury
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Ultrasmall Silica Nanoparticles for Enhanced Prostate Cancer Detection


George Diehl

George Diehl
Vassar College

Mentor: Jason Lewis
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: 52Mn-DOTA-pHLIP as a PET Tracer and the Cyclotron Production of 90Nb


Vivian Huang

Vivian Huang
Emory University

Mentor: Morgan Huse
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Enhancing Tumor Cell Sensitivity to T Cell Killing by Using Optogenetics


Jenny Ijoma

Jenny Ijoma
New York University

Mentor: Ronald Blasberg
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: The effect of LDH-A inhibition in the metabolism and microenvironment of MycCaP prostate cancer cells and tumors


Micaela Millan

Micaela Millan
Hunter College

Mentor: Kayvan Keshari
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: MR Imaging of Hyperpolarized [1-13C] Pyruvate and Lactate Using the Three-Point Dixon Method


Elizabeth Reiger

Elizabeth Rieger
University of Pennsylvania

Mentor: Anna-Katerina Hadjantonakis
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Automated cell tracking in pre-implantation mouse embryos


Veer Shah

Veer Shah
Northeastern University

Mentor: Thomas Reiner
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Project: Optical imaging of PARP1 expression in oral and esophageal cancers