Graduates of the Program in Genetics
Year of entrance into the Program is indicated in parentheses.
Emmanuel N. Asare (2009)
Emmanuel Asare is a Bronxite who earned his B.S. in Biology at Clarkson University. He pursued his doctoral work in Dr. Eckard Wimmer’s lab, where he studied the molecular biology of poliovirus. His doctoral work investigated the role of poliovirus 2C ATPase in viral morphogenesis and replication. Emmanuel received his doctorate in August 2015.
Kimberly Bell (2010)
Kim earned her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Biology from Stony Brook University in 2003. She received a M.S. in Neuroscience and Behavior from U Mass Amherst in 2006. She then worked as a technician at Cold Spring Harbor Lab for 4 years as part of the ENCODE and modENCODE projects. As a doctoral student, Kim worked on enhancer-promoter interactions mediated by the transcription factor Runt during Drosophila development in the Gergen lab. Kim also collaborated with Undergraduate Biology and The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science to use improvisation techniques to bolster TA-student communication in inquiry-based introductory labs. She received her PhD in December 2015, subsequently served as the Workshop Supervisor for the Alda Center, and is currently a postdoctoral fellow specializing in STEM issues in Stony Brook's Center for Teaching, Innovation and Digital Education.
Sudipto Chakrabortty (2008)
Sudipto received a BE in biotechnology from Vishveshswaraiah Technological University,
Belgaum, India, in 2007. After entering the Graduate Program in Genetics, Sudipto
joined the laboratory of Tom Gingeras at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, where he studied
intercellular communication through exosome-mediated transfer of functional mRNA molecules.
Sudipto received his PhD in August 2015 and currently holds the position of Scientist
1 in Exosome Diagnostics in Cambridge, MA.
Miriam Fein (2010)
Miriam earned her B.A. degree in Biology from Queens College (CUNY) in 2003 and received her M.A. from Hunter College (CUNY) in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology in 2006. Miriam joined the Egeblad lab at Cold Spring Harbor laboratory in 2011, where studied tumor-host interactions that drive tumorigenesis and metastasis using intravital imaging in transgenic mice models. Miriam received her PhD in December 2016 and is now a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Betsy Barnes at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, NY.
Diana Guimet (2009)
Diana earned her B.S. in Biology at the University of San Diego. She pursued her doctoral work in Patrick Hearing’s lab, focusing on the adenovirus L4-22K protein. L4-22K serves as the master regulator for several aspects of adenovirus infection and may be a useful target for antiviral therapy and directed cancer gene therapy. Diana received her doctorate in December 2014 and is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Tariq Rana at UC San Diego.
Reuben Hoffmann (2011)
Reuben earned his B.S. in Genetics and Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He worked in Aaron Neiman's lab studying sporulation in the budding yeast S. cerevisiae. His focus was upon the gene SRT1, which encodes one of the two yeast cis-prenyltransferases and produces an aberrant sporulation phenotype when deleted. Under investigation was SRT1's relations to other genes and the mechanism by which it influences spore formation. Reuben was awarded his PhD in August 2017.
Erik Lavington (2009)
Erik is a graduate from the University of Kansas with a B.S. in biology with an emphasis in genetics. Erik worked in Walt Eanes' lab, where he studied the patterns of adaptation in Drosophila melanogaster core metabolic genes in populations from eastern North America and possible effects on several performance measures due to downregulated activity of glycolytic enzymes in experimental D.melanogaster lines. He received his doctorate in August 2015 and is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Rutgers Human Genetics Institute of New Jersey.
Sitapriya Moorthi (2011)
Sitapriya earned her Bachelors in Zoology (Honors) from Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi, India. While dissecting animals at school, she was passionately involved in trying to rescue them outside, being involved with several animal shelters. She was also a member of the debating society at her college. Sitapriya received her Masters in Genomics from Madurai Kamaraj University, India, where she discovered her interests in genetics and cancer research. At SBU she joined Dr. Chiara Luberto’s lab, where she worked on chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) and sphingomyelin synthase (SMS). Her research focused on understanding the transcriptional regulation of SMS through alternative promoters in CML. In 2014 she was selected for the Scholars in BioMedical Science program at SBU and hopes to translate her research into a more clinical setting. Sita was awarded her doctorate in August 2017.
Cara Moravec (2010)
Cara earned her B.S. in genetics at Iowa State University. At Stony Brook, she studied neural development in zebrafish in the Sirotkin lab. Her project examined how changes in gene expression and epigenetic modifications during development cause life-long effects on behavior. She also served as the Genetics senator in the Graduate Student Organization for three years. Cara is now continuing studies on early vertebrate development in the zebrafish model in the laboratory of Dr. Francisco Pelegri at University of Wisconsin - Madison.
Likes: Kayaking, camping, hiking, ballet, kneeboarding, paddleboarding, sailing, and reading
Kaustav Mukherjee (2009)
Kaustav earned a Master’s in Biotechnology from Madurai Kamaraj University in India. At Stony Brook, he worked in Dr. Janet Leatherwood’s lab where he studied post-transcriptional gene regulation in fission yeast (the other yeast – the one no one cares about but really should!). He was co-mentored by Dr. Bruce Futcher. Kaustav presented posters at the 2011 International Fission Yeast meeting in Boston, MA and the 2014 FASEB Yeast Chromosome Structure, Replication, and Segregation conference in Steamboat Springs, CO. He received his doctorate in December 2015. Kaus is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. James Bieker's lab at Mount Sinai Medical Center, where he is studying the regulation of erythropoiesis by the zinc finger transcription factor EKLF.
Jamina Oomen-Hajagos (2010)
Jamina graduated from Yale with a B.S. in Organismal Biology (Intensive Research Track) and received a Master's in Biology from Stony Brook University. She carried out her doctoral work in Jerry Thomsen's lab, studying the effect of the PQBP1 protein on early neural development in Xenopus. Jamina also has a background in high school and community college teaching. Jamina received her PhD in May 2015 and subsequently earned a graduate degree in genetic counseling from Long Island University. She is now a cancer genetic counselor at the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center in Albuquerque.
Jason O'Rawe (2013)
Jason received his B.A. and an M.A. in Biology from Stony Brook University. His master’s work focused on mathematical formulation of species interactions and community-level consequences of particular interaction schemes. Jason’s postgraduate work focused on developing software implementations of classical and contemporary statistical models for characterizing population level health-care data. As a doctoral student, Jason studied human genetic variation in the Lyon Lab and received his doctorate in August 2016. Jason currently leads a data science team at Jackson Lewis, a national law firm.
Likes: Programming, math, statistics, bioinformatics, video games, dreaming, and exploring
Ioana Rus (2011)
Ioana earned a B.S. in Chemistry from UNC Chapel Hill in 2007 and a M.S. in Biomedical Science from Mount Sinai in 2009. Ioana subsequently joined the MSTP program at Stony Brook and was a student in Nicholas Tonks' lab, where she conducted structural and functional studies with conformation-sensing antibodies to PTP1B. Ioana received her PhD in May 2016 and has returned to medical school to complete her MD degree.
Nitin Shirole (2011)
Nitin received his BS in Biotechnology, Microbiology, and Chemistry from Nagpur University, India in 2008. He also earned a Master's in Biological Sciences from the University of Alabama, Huntsville, in 2011, where he studied regulation of translation in E. coli. Nitin worked in Dr. Raffaella Sordella’s lab at CSHL, where his research focused on understanding the role of p53 isoforms in tumor initiation and progression. Additionally, Nitin performed a whole-genome RNAi screen to uncover novel driver genes in non-small cell lung cancer. Nitin earned his PhD in May 2017 and is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. William Kaelin at Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School.
Zunaira Shuja (2009)
Zunaira earned her B.S. in Biology with a double major in History at Stony Brook University. She completed her dissertation work in the White lab, where she studied the functional effect of connexin mutations on various wild-type connexin proteins. Her doctoral work focused on how genetic alterations to these proteins result in epidermal disorders. Zunaira is now a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in the lab of Dr. Henry Colecraft. Her project is to study the gamma subunit's effect on Cav1.2 and Cav3.1, as well as to develop a high-throughput approach to discover new modulatory paradigms for Cav1 and Cav2 channels.
Yiyang Wu (2011)
Yiyang entered the Graduate Program in Genetics at Stony Brook in 2011, after receiving both her M.D. and M.S. degrees from China. She joined the Lyon lab in the summer of 2012. Yiyang’s dissertation research focused on investigating the mechanisms underlying Ogden syndrome, using patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) models. Yiyang also worked on analyzing human genetic variation and its role in rare disorders. Yiyang received her degree in May 2017 and is now a Bioinformatics Research Scientist/Clinical Genome Analyst at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.
Bobby Wysocki (2012)
Bobby earned his B.A. in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology at Hamilton College in 2007. He then worked at the Rockefeller University until 2010, when joined Stony Brook's Medical Scientist Training Program. In 2012, he began his dissertation work in the laboratory of Mikala Egeblad at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. He studied the effect of neutrophils on breast cancer metastasis, as well as the importance of the tumor vasculature on the response of tumors to chemotherapies. Bobby received his PhD in May 2016 and is now completing his MD degree.
Likes: Clamming, BBQing, and the Simpsons (the old episodes)
Jia-Ray received his B.S. from National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. He conducted his doctoral research in Dr. Linda Van Aelst's lab at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Jia-Ray's dissertation research focused on the regulation of Rho family small GTPases during cancer metastasis. Jia-Ray received his PhD in May 2015 and is now a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Danny Reinberg at NYU School of Medicine.