A gene linked to autism spectrum disorders plays a critical role in early brain development and may shape the formation of both normal and atypical nerve connections in the brain, according to a new study by Weill Cornell Medicine investigators.
Dr. Alex Gitlin (Tri-I MD-PhD graduating class of 2017) was recently named a recipient of a 2022 NIH Director's Early Independence Award. Dr. Gitlin, who joined the faculty at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in the fall of 2022, was given the award in support of his project Regulation of Proinflammatory Cytokine Responses by a Caspase-8-N4BP1 Axis.
This July Alfred Chin, fourth year student in the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program, won the grand prize of 20,000€ at the 2022 Merck Innovation Cup.The Merck Innovation Cup is an annual competition open to PhD students/postdocs from all over the world to develop an innovative project plan. This year, 42 people (7 teams of 6) were invited to Darmstadt, Germany out of 3580 applicants.
Dr. Benjamin Neel, MD, PhD has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Neel, a member of the Tri-I MD-PhD graduating class of 1983, is currently Professor of Medicine and Director of the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center at New York University Langone Medical Center, New York City.
On April 10, 2022, the Association of American Physicians (AAP) elected the group of scientists, physicians, and physician-scientists as new members. The group of honorees includes Tri-I MD-PhD Program alumni and faculty, including:Kiran Musunuru (Tri-I MD-PhD graduating class of 2004)Daniel Reich (Tri-I MD-PhD graduating class of 2001)Katharine Hsu (Tri-I MD-PhD graduating class of 1994 and current Tri-I MD-PhD Director)
Dianne Lumaquin, sixth year MD-PhD student, won first place in the Oral Presentation category for the 2022 Du Vigneaud Award for her presentation “Lipid Droplets are a Metabolic Vulnerability in Melanoma.” Ms. Lumaquin's talk was based on her research in the White Lab at MSK's Sloan Kettering Institute, where she is currently doing research toward her PhD.
Match Day, 2022, saw all 22 of the graduating Tri-I MD-PhD students match for a residency. The graduates will be going to some of the leading hospitals and residency programs in the country this summer to begin the next stage of their training.The 2022 MD-PhD matches were: