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Weill Cornell Celebrates Newest Graduates at Commencement:

Visit our special Commencement 2015 webpage to meet this year's student commencement speakers, and for continuing coverage, videos and photos of the convocation and graduation ceremonies

Congratulations to the 2015 Vincent du Vigneaud and Julian Rachele student winners:


Christina Bonvicino, “Isoflurane Depresses Dopamine Synaptic Vesicle Exocytosis.” (Professor Hugh C. Hemmings, Jr.)

2nd PLACE Jennifer Knauss, “Characterization of Long Noncoding RNA Sox2ot During Cortical Development.
(Professors Mary Donohoe and Tao Sun)

Pui-Mun Wong, “Regulation of Autophagy by Coordinated Action of mTORC1 and Protein Phosphatase 2A.”
(Professor Xuejun Jiang)


Michael Crowley, “Exploring Cross-talk in the Arteriole Hematopoietic Stem Cell Niche through RNA-sequencing.”
(Professors Olivier Elemento and Jason Butler)

Lauren Forbes, “Nanoparticle Properties and their Effect on Stability and Distribution.”
(Professor Daniel Heller)


Abigail Horstmann, “ALDH1A2 (RALDH2) in Oral Cavity Squamous Cell Carcinoma.”
(Professor Lorraine Gudas)

José Gabriel Barcia Durán, “S1P1 is Required for the Reprogramming of Endothelial Cells to a Hemogenic State.”
(Professors Timothy Hla and Shahin Rafii)


Andrew Tokay Drysdale, "FAAH genetic variation enhances fronto-amygdala function in mouse and human." Nature Communications 8, 763–771 (2013) (PI: B.J. Casey)

Peng Kate Gao, "Deterministic Progenitor Behavior and Unitary Production of Neurons in the Neocortex." Cell 8, 763–771 (2013) (PI: David Scheinberg, MD/PhD)


Adam M. Levinson, "Total Synthesis of Asperverin via an Iodine(III)-Mediated Oxidative Cyclization." Org. Lett. 16, 4904-4907 (2014) (PI: Samuel Danishefsky)

Abstract Submissions for 35th Annual Vincent du Vigneaud Student Research Symposium

Abstract submission for the 35th Annual Vincent du Vigneaud Student Research Symposium is NOW OPEN, and will continue through March 11, 2015. This year's du Vigneaud Symposium will take place on Thursday, April 30, 2015.

Please submit abstracts by using the Du Vigneaud Abstract Submission Form.

TALK SLOTS ARE STILL AVAILABLE! SEND YOUR ABSTRACT IN NOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED! We look forward to your participation in the symposium!

Weill Cornell Graduate School Professor Receives $3 Million Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences

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Register for the Weill Cornell Graduate School Open House: Saturday, October 11, 2014

Are you interested in a Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences? Join us for our annual OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Belfer Research Building, Weill Cornell Medical College
413 East 69th Street, Room 302
New York, NY 10021

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WCGS Welcomes the Incoming 2014-2015 Graduate Class!

Jennifer Knauss, 4th year BCMB graduate student and President of the Graduate Student Executive Committee, welcomes the incoming class to Weill Cornell Graduate School.

"You made the right choice," Knauss warmly confirms the students that fill the Harold and Ruth Uris Faculty Room. This year's class will see 51 PhD students from all over the world embarking upon academic and professional careers from programs of study such as Biochemistry and Structural Biology, Pharmacology, Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis, and Neuroscience.

Weill Cornell Graduate Student Chun-Hao Attends the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting Dedicated to Physiology or Medicine

A Weill Cornell Ph.D. student was chosen to meet in June with Nobel Laureates and young scientists at Lindau in Germany. Chun-Hao Huang, a BCMB student, attended the 64th annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting from June 29th to July 4th along with young scientists from more than 80 countries. 37 Nobel Laureates met last week with around 600 young scientists to share their knowledge, establish new contacts and discuss relevant topics such as global health, the latest findings in cancer or AIDS research, the challenges in immunology or future research approaches to medicine.

Chun-Hao, a member of Dr. Scott Lowe's laboratory, works on the identifying tumor maintenance genes and therapeutic targets in liver cancer. Speaking of his experience at the meeting, Chun-Hao said that "The meeting provided me invaluable sources of inspiration and passion for science. I enjoyed exchanging perspectives with the Nobel Laureates and other participants. Chun-Hao reflected, "It was a great honor to speak with a number of Nobel Laureates in small groups and one-on-one to discuss about future cancer therapies (Dr. J. Michael Bishop and Dr. Roger Tsien), cutting-edge biotechnologies (Dr. Walter Gilbert), and new ideas (Dr. Oliver Smithies). I considered it a privilege to represent my school and country at the meeting. Many thanks for the nomination from Nobel Laureate Dr. Yuan T. Lee and recommendations from my advisor Dr. Scott Lowe and committee member Dr. Joan Massagué."

Young scientist discussion session with Dr. J. Michael Bishop.

Dr. Lorraine Gudas, chair of the Department of Pharmacology, and her team make strides towards effective prevention treatments of tongue cancer, one of the world's most common cancers.

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Experience commencement all over again.

Click here for photos and video footage of the 2014 Weill Cornell Medical College and Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences Commencement ceremony


2014 Julian R. Rachele Prize Winners.

Congratulations to this year’s Julian R. Rachele Prize Winners!


Joseph Justin Mulvey (PI: David Scheinberg, MD/PhD)

Nurunisa Akyuz (PI: Olga Boudker, PhD)


Congratulations to the class of 2014!


Featured Interview: WCGS 2014 Commencement Speaker Victoria Schulman & the influence of the periodic table dinner game


Congratulations to Victoria Schulman, the 2014 Distinguished Graduate Student Commencement Speaker:


“Six years ago, when I first arrived at Weill Cornell, I never thought I'd be where I am today. My experiences here have taught me so much and afforded me so many opportunities that I never thought possible. I am extremely grateful for the journey as well as the future that Weill Cornell has provided me. I am also truly honored and humbled to be selected from so many well-deserving students as this year's Distinguished Graduate Student Commencement Speaker, and I hope that I can represent our class well!”

Read her interview here


Dr. M. Elizabeth Ross, M.D., Ph.D., names this year’s Graduate School’s Distinguished PhD Alumna


Having received her M.D. in 1979 and her Ph.D. in 1982, Dr. M. Elizabeth Ross will be honored as the Graduate School’s Distinguished PhD Alumna at this year’s convocation! Dr. Ross currently serves as the Program Chair and Director of the Neuroscience Ph.D program at WCGS.


It's here! The Cornell Pop-up store is now open in the Weill Cornell Medical College Library for Commencement Week (T, W, Th 9a-5p)




One Week Away!

We are exactly one week away from Commencement and celebrating the graduating class of 2014. Students are picking up their caps and gowns as they take the next steps towards their future professional and or academic careers.



WCGS Graduate Student recipient of a 2013 Chinese Government Award

Graduate student, Jin Xin, was the recipient of a 2013 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students which included a $6,000 cash award! He is pictured here with Drs. Randi Silver, Associate Dean and Xiaoai Chen, Fellowships and Outreach Director.


See remarks by Dr. Silver here:http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/2014-05/10/content_17498685.htm




“Try It Another Way”

“Tyr It Another Way” is a video about how genetics and other factors are being studied to promote healthy babies.


The video was put together with Dr. Betsy Ross of the Neuroscience Program, Dr. Chris Mason and Ph.D. student Priyanka Vijay of PBSB. The video is part of the NIH Common Fund competition in which grantees are charged with explaining their research in accessible and entertaining ways. Please "Like" and share the video!

Congratulations to this year’s duVigneaud winners!

Best First Year Poster: Maria Bustillo
Best Second Year Poster: Charlie Ferranti and Bonnie Quach
Best Third Year and Up Poster: Wei Shao
Best Oral Presentation: Christina Maksymiuk

Congratulations to this year's duVigneaud winners!

Best First Year Poster: Maria Bustillo

Best Second Year Poster: Charlie Ferranti and Bonnie Quach

Best Third Year and Up Poster: Wei Shao

Best Oral Presentation: Christina Maksymiuk

Interview with the Dean: Small Molecules Show Big Promise

Dr. Szeto had dedicated her entire career to Weill Cornell, first as a medical student and then as a pharmacology researcher and professor, and was excited for what was to come next: motherhood. She and her husband had adopted a little girl, Emily, from China, and when they returned home, Dr. Szeto was sure her research would be done.

Then she had an epiphany.

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W. Marcus Lambert, Ph.D, named Director of Diversity and Recruitment

Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences (WCGS) welcomes Dr. W. Marcus Lambert as the inaugural director of diversity and recruitment, a new position created to cultivate recruitment and support the underrepresented and underserved populations of students at WCGS.

Dr. Lambert received his bachelor’s degree from Howard University and his doctorate in biomedical science at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. His doctoral research focused on understanding the bidirectional crosstalk between glucocorticoid, the major stress hormone, and neurotrophic signaling in the brain, which may lead to a better understanding of the pathophysiology of depression and the mode of action of antidepressant drugs. After receiving his doctorate Dr. Lambert was a postdoctoral research fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Garabedian at NYU School of Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Lambert studied education policy and mentoring programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at the New York Academy of Sciences.

In his new role, Dr. Lambert will focus on networking with students and faculty and coordinating the ACCESS summer research program, which attracts underserved college sophomores and juniors. He plans to bring many innovative approaches to diversity and recruitment, including dynamic conferences, seminars, events, and the use of social media in networking among students, alumni and recruits.

David Christini, Ph.D., named Associate Dean for Programmatic Development at Weill Cornell Graduate School

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. David Christini to the newly created role of Associate Dean for Programmatic Development of Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences.

Dr. Christini is Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Professor of Physiology and Biophysics. He has served our institution in several leadership roles, most notably as the founding director of the T32-funded Tri-Institutional Training Program in Computational Biology & Medicine (CBM) and the Vice Chair for Basic Research in the Department of Medicine.

In his new role as Associate Dean for Programmatic Development, Dr. Christini will focus on academic and curricular strategy, working with the faculty and leadership of Weill Cornell and the Sloan-Kettering Institute as well as graduate student leaders. He will catalyze discussions on enhancing synergies between our graduate programs, strengthening connections between the graduate school and the medical school, evaluating how PhD training should adapt to the ever-changing biomedical science environment, building a bridge between our graduate school and Cornell NYC Tech, and many other initiatives.

Dr. Christini will continue to direct his laboratory and research program while in this new role. In addition to the Tri-I CBM T32 training grant, Dr. Christini is Principal Investigator of three NIH R01 grants. His research group is primarily focused on improving the understanding of and therapies for cardiac arrhythmias. The group investigates biophysical mechanisms of electrophysiological instabilities and arrhythmia onset, using a combination of electrophysiological and imaging experiments and cellular- to organ-level computational modeling.

Dr. Christini received his B.S. in electrical engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at Boston University. He joined the faculty of Weill Cornell in 2000.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Christini on his new appointment and thanking him for his leadership and dedicated service to Weill Cornell. I have no doubt that his energy and passion for graduate training will help us better achieve our goal of training the next generation of exemplary scientists who will advance medical discoveries, enrich therapies, and enhance human health.

Gary Koretzky, MD, PhD
Dean, Weill Cornell Graduate School

Apply Online by December 1st

Applications to the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences (WCGS) are accepted in seven programs of study for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

An applicant must have earned a baccalaureate degree or equivalent from a college or university of recognized standing and show promise of ability to pursue advanced study and research, as judged by his or her previous record.

Students may apply to one of the following predoctoral programs:

  • Biochemistry & Structural Biology
  • Cell & Developmental Biology
  • Immunology & Microbial Pathogenesis
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology, Biophysics & Systems Biology

Students are admitted for each academic year, which is defined by the start of courses in September. Click here for further instructions.


September 26, 2013




Dr. Sheila Nirenberg Wins MacArthur "Genius" Award

Sheila Nirenberg, Ph.D., Professor in the Physiology, Biophysics, and System Biology (PBSB) program of Weill Cornell Graduate School, was selected to receive the prestigious MacArthur "Genius" Award, which brings a $625,000, unrestricted award for her research.


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Weill Cornell Medical College Announces New Dean of Graduate School of Medical Sciences

One of the world's leading immunologists, Dr. Gary Koretzky, has been named dean of the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences and senior associate dean for research at Weill Cornell Medical College, effective Oct. 1.


Dr. Koretzky will enhance the already-distinguished reputation of the graduate school, which offers more than a dozen doctoral and graduate programs with partnering institution the Sloan-Kettering Institute. He will also expand and oversee Weill Cornell's robust biomedical research enterprise, which is in the midst of unprecedented growth as the 480,000-square-foot Belfer Research Building nears completion.


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