Tow Foundation Fellows


Januka Budhathoki-Uprety

Januka Budhathoki-Uprety received her PhD degree in chemistry from North Carolina State University in 2012. Her doctoral research work focused on the synthesis of helical polymers. Upon completion of her PhD, she joined the laboratory of Daniel Heller at Memorial Sloan Kettering as a Research Fellow. In her current role, she is developing new molecular probes using polymers and polymeric nanoparticles for imaging, diagnostic, and therapeutic applications.

Susanne Kossatz

Susanne Kossatz obtained her PhD degree in 2013 from the Jena University Hospital in Germany. During her thesis she worked on optical imaging of colorectal cancer using small molecule fluorescence probes. During her first postdoctoral position, also at the Jena University Hospital, her research focused on magnetic nanoparticles for hyperthermia treatment and imaging of pancreatic and breast cancer in a European Union research project. In 2014, she started working at Memorial Sloan Kettering as a postdoctoral research fellow in the laboratories of Thomas Reiner and Wolfgang Weber, focusing on the exploration of new applications for novel molecular imaging probes.

Sai Kiran Sharma

Sai Kiran Sharma obtained his PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Alberta, Canada in 2014. His doctoral thesis work focused on the development and testing of immunoPET probes for the molecular imaging of epithelial ovarian cancer. In September 2014, he joined the laboratories of Dr. Jason Lewis at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Dr. Brian Zeglis at Hunter College of the City University of New York. In working between the two labs, he aims to develop antibody-based theranostic agents for the molecular imaging and therapy of ovarian cancer. 

Sui-Seng Tee

Sui-Seng Tee received his bachelor’s degree and PhD degree from the University of Cambridge in England, where he worked on imaging reporter genes. He then moved to Stanford University for his postdoctoral training, developing self-assembling probes for measuring apoptosis as well as metabolic imaging. Sui-Seng moved to Kayvan Keshari’s laboratory at Memorial Sloan Kettering in 2014 and is currently investigating the interplay between signaling pathways and imaging cancer metabolism using hyperpolarized MRI.


Brandon Carney

Brandon Carney obtained his bachelor’s degree in 2012 from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. He then accepted a position as a postbaccalaureate research assistant at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he worked on lanthanide and actinide chemistry in the laboratories of Drs. George Goff and Wolfgang Runde. In 2013, he accepted a graduate student position at the City University of New York and joined Hunter College as part of its Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship radiochemistry program. He now works in the laboratory of Thomas Reiner, where he develops novel PET and multimodal imaging probes.

Brendon Cook

Brendon Cook graduated magna cum laude in 2014 from Alfred University in Alfred, New York, with bachelor’s degrees in both biology and chemistry. While at Alfred, he developed an interest in nuclear medicine at the American Chemical Society’s National Nuclear Chemistry Summer School at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He later joined the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship radiochemistry program at Hunter College and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. Brendon now works in the labs of Brian Zeglis at Hunter College and Jason Lewis at Memorial Sloan Kettering and is pursuing a PhD degree in chemistry, investigating novel methods of integrating nanomedicine with molecular imaging for cancer imaging and therapy.