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Ushma Neill

Vice President, Scientific Education & Training

As Vice President of Scientific Education and Training at Memorial Sloan Kettering, I oversee the academic curriculum for pre- and postdoctoral researchers who train in laboratories across MSK. My areas of focus include enhancing the career and professional development opportunities available to trainees as well as designing courses in areas such as rigor and transparency, statistics, computational biology, and imaging.

A passionate advocate for scientific communication, I am also deeply committed to developing platforms that allow trainees to enhance the efficacy of their communications to fellow scientists and to the lay public. 

My graduate education began at Northwestern University where I studied pulmonary mechanics and mathematical modeling. After completing my doctoral degree in biomedical engineering, I used a Marshall Scholarship to study vascular permeability as a postdoctoral fellow at Imperial College London.  

After my postdoc, I spent two years as a manuscript editor at Nature Medicine, and then joined the Journal of Clinical Investigation as Executive Editor. During my nine years in this role, I led academic editorial boards at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and Duke University/University of North Carolina in identifying, soliciting, and peer reviewing high-quality manuscripts. I also oversaw the writing, commissioning, and editing of front matter, including Editorials, News, Commentaries, Reviews, and Perspectives.

I first came to MSK in 2012 as Director of the Office of the President, serving as the Chief of Staff to President and CEO Craig B. Thompson. In this role, I worked closely with Dr. Thompson and other MSK leadership, to shape and manage a strategic agenda. 

I continue to serve as Editor-at-Large for the JCI,acting as the chief interviewer for the JCIvideo series “Conversations with Giants in Medicine.”