Bess Rosen

Graduate Research Assistant

Bess Rosen

Bess Rosen is originally from Charleston, South Carolina. After receiving her bachelor’s from Harvard in 2011 she worked for two years as a technician in the Ikonomou lab at BU Med and for the following two years in Mriganka Sur’s lab at MIT. Having pulled herself away from Boston she joined the BCMB program at Weill Cornell in 2015. She is particularly interested in the regulation of pluripotency and signaling in pre-implantation human development. In her spare time she enjoys the great outdoors, singing, singing in the great outdoors, cheese, and puns about cheese.


MeCP2-regulated miRNAs control early human neurogenesis through differential effects on ERK and AKT signaling. Mellios, N., Feldman, D., Sheridan, S.D., Ip ,P.K., Kwok, S., Amoah, S., Rosen, B., Rodriguez, B., Crawford, B., Swaminathan, R., Chou, S., Li, Y., Ziats, M., Ernst, C., Jaenisch, R., Haggarty, S., Sur, M. Molecular Psychiatry. 2017

Genome Editing of Lineage Determinants in Human Pluripotent Stem Cells Reveals Mechanisms of Pancreatic Development and Diabetes. Zhu Z, Li QV, Lee K, Rosen BP, González F, Soh CL, Huangfu D. Cell Stem Cell. 2016 Jun 2;18(6):755-68. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2016.03.015. PMID:27133796

Sphingosine kinase 1 is regulated by peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor α in response to free fatty acids and is essential for skeletal muscle interleukin-6 production and signaling in diet-induced obesity. Ross JS, Hu W, Rosen B, Snider AJ, Obeid LM, Cowart LA. J Biol Chem. 2013 Aug 2;288(31):22193-206. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M113.477786. PMID:23766515