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April 4, 2018

Tom Rossetti won the first year poster prize in the 38th annual Vincent du Vigneaud Research Symposium from his work in Dr. Kristen Pleil’s lab.

News and Updates

Small molecule antagonists for the TSH receptor; Probes & lead drugs

Marvin Gershengorn, M.D.
Chief, Laboratory of Endocrinology and Receptor Biology National Institute of Health

Dr. Elaine Fuchs was selected by the students to present her research here.

Tissue stem cells in wound repair and cancer

Elaine Fuchs, Ph.D.
Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Laboratory of Mammalian Cell Biology and Development The Rockefeller University 

Mitochondrial Regulation of Stem cell aging and rejuvenation

Danica Chen, Ph.D.
Professor, Program in Metabolic Biology, Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology, Principal Investigator, Berkeley Stem Cell Center, Principal Investigator, QB3 Consortium on Life Span Extension, University of California, Berkeley 

The Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor & Defenses Against Respiratory Infection

B. Paige Lawrence, Ph.D. 
Professor of Environmental Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology Director, Toxicology Training Program University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry 

Novel Therapeutic Approaches to Small Cell Lung Cancer

Charles M. Rudin, M.D., Ph.D. 
Chief, Thoracic Oncology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College

Developing kinase inhibitors for the treatment of cancer

Nathanael Gray, Ph.D. 
Professor, Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School Professor, Cancer Biology, Dana –Farber Cancer Institute 

Three Tales from Industry: Validation and Development of Therapeutic Targets for Muscle and Metabolic Disease

Jason Mastaitis, Ph.D. 
Staff Scientist Muscle and Metabolic Diseases Division Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Therapeutic Targeting of Leukemia Stem Cells

Monica L. Guzman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pharmacology in Medicine Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY 

Non-Invasive High-Resolution Imaging of Tumor Vessels Using Raster-Scan Optoacoustic Mesoscopy

Dr. Katja Haedicke
Dr. Jan Grimm's Lab

CREBBP Mutations Disrupt Dynamic Enhancer Acetylation in B-Cells, Enabling HDAC3 to Drive Lymphomagenesis

Dr. Hsia-Yuan Ying
Dr. Ari Melnick's lab

From Atom to Adam: Ion Channelopathies

Geoffrey S. Pitt, M.D., Ph.D.
Ida and Theo Rossi Distinguished Professor of Medicine Director, Cardiovascular Research Institute Weill Cornell Medicine 

Autophagy and Necroptosis Pathways in Kidney Fibrosis

Mary E. Choi, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine Division of Nephrology & Hypertension Weill Cornell Medicine 

Epigenomic Determinants of Cell Type Specification in Embryonic Stem Cells and Macrophages

Laszlo Nagy, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Genomic Control of Metabolism Program Professor, Center for Metabolic Origins of Disease Sanford Burnham Prebys at Lake Nona 

Peptidergic Mechanisms of Addiction and Mood Disorders

Kristen Pleil, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Department of Pharmacology Weill Cornell Medicine 

Non-Canonical cAMP Signaling Pathways Reveal New Insights into Skin Biology

Jonathan Hale Zippin, M.D., Ph.D., FA.A.D.
Clinique Clinical Scholar in Dermatology Ellen Gary Davis-MRA Young Investigator Assistant Professor in Dermatology Assistant Attending Dermatologist New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medicine 

Dr. Wei Min giving a seminar.

Seeing molecular vibrations: Chemical imaging for biomedicine

Wei Min, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Columbia University

Group in a classroom listening to Dr. Linda S. Birnbaum's seminar.

Environmental Chemicals Acting as Uncontrolled Medicine

Linda S. Birnbaum, Ph.D. 
Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program

Seminar Archives 2005- 2010

Please see this document for information on our seminars from 2005 to 2010. 

Seminar Archives Fall-Winter 2011-2012

When and WherePresenter and Seminar Title
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Room A-250, 4 p.m.

Eduardo Farias, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor,Department of Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine 

"Opposing Effects of RARs Isotypes in Breast Cancer: A New Perspective"
Tuesday, October 25, 2011...

Seminar Archives Winter-Spring 2012

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Room A-250, 4 p.m.

Samuel Mann, M.D.
Professor of Clinical Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College

"Pharmacokinetics and the Drug Therapy of Hypertension"
Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Room A-250, 4 p.m.

Joseph A. Beavo, Ph.D. 
Professor, Department of Pharmacology,...

Seminar Archives Fall-Winter 2012-2013

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Postdoctoral Seminar

Room A-250, 4 p.m.

Kristian Laursen, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Gudas' lab 

Hideru Obinata, Ph.D.
Instructor 
Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Room A-250, 4 p.m.

Lester I. Binder, Ph.D. 
Professor, Abbott Labs/Duane and Susan Burnham Research...

Seminar Archives Winter-Spring 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Room A-250, 4 p.m.

Frank Giordano, M.D. 
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine 

"Transcriptional Control of Transendothelial Nutrient Transport and Vascular Smooth Muscle Biology by the HIF-Pathway: Role in Blood Pressure Control and in Atherogenesis"

Tuesday, March 26, 2013...

Seminars Archive Fall-Winter 2013-2014

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Room A-250, 4 p.m.

POSTDOCTORAL SEMINAR

Dilek Colak, Ph.D. 
(Jaffrey lab)

"The CGG Repeat Expansion Directs RNA-Mediated Epigenetic Silencing in Fragile X Syndrome"

Rheanna Sand, Ph.D. 
(Hemmings lab)

"Volatile Anesthetics and Inactivation in the...

Seminars Archive Fall-Winter-Spring 2014-2015

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Room A-950, 4 p.m.

Eric D. Lazartigues, Ph.D.
Associate Professor (with Tenure) Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics School of Medicine – Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans, LA 


"ACE2 Post-Transcriptional Regulation in Neurogenic Hypertension"
Tuesday,...
Jason Lewis speaks at podium.

Interrogating Cancer with Precision Radiopharmaceuticals and PET

Jason S. Lewis, Ph.D.
Vice Chair for Research and Chief of the Radiochemistry & Imaging Sciences Service in Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Department of Radiology Director of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Radiochemistry and Molecular Imaging Probe Core Facility Member in Memorial Sloan Kettering, head of a laboratory in the Sloan Kettering Institute’s Molecular Pharmacology and Chemistry Program Professor at the Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical...

Exploiting Dysregulated G1 Metabolic Cell Cycle Checkpoints in Kras-Driven Cancer Cells

David A. Foster, Ph.D. 
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Hunter College of CUNY 

New Neurons and the Neurobiology of Individuality

Dr. Gerd Kempermann.
Professor, German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) Fetscherstraße 105, 01307 Dresden 

Imaging cellular metabolites and signaling molecules with riboswitch and ribozyme RNA sensors

Dr. Mingxu You 
Dr. Jaffrey's Lab

Dr. Anthony Sauve speaks with first year Ph.D. students after his seminar.

Metabolism in Health and Longevity: Development of Novel Approaches to Treating Diseases by Pharmacological Manipulation of Metabolism

Dr. Anthony Sauve
Professor in Pharmacology, Weill Cornell Medicine

Dr. Lee Kraus speaking at a podium.

Control of Cellular Signaling and Differentiation Programs by PARP-1, a Multifunctional Regulator of Chromatin and Transcription

Dr. William Lee Kraus
Director, Cecil H. and Ida Green Center for Reproductive Biology Sciences, Professor and Vice Chair for Basic Science, Department of Ob/Gyn Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Cecil H. and Ida Green Distinguished Chair in Reproductive Biology Sciences, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas 

High-throughput, family-wide profiling of enzyme activity

Dr. Daniel Bachovchin
Assistant Member, Chemical Biology Program, Sloan Kettering Institute, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) Assistant Professor, Tri-Institutional Training Program in Chemical Biology, Sloan Kettering Institute, Cornell University, and Rockefeller University Assistant Professor, Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, MSKCC Assistant Professor, Pharmacology Program Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences,...

The Role of Neurotrophins in OCD-related Disorders

Dr. Francis S. Y. Lee
Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Psychiatry and a Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and an Attending Psychiatrist at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College.

Aldehyde Dehydrogenases in Cancer and Cancer Stem Cells

Vasilis Vasiliou, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Health Sciences Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences Yale School of Public Health/Yale School of Medicine 

m6A RNA Methylation Regulates XIST-Mediated Gene Silencing

Deepak Patil, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate Weill Cornell Medicine Department of Pharmacology 

Group at Liver talk.

Why Good Drugs Are Sometimes Bad for the Liver

January 17, 2017: Paul Watkins, M.D. UNC Inst. for Drug Safety Sciences, gave a fascinating talk for the annual Marcus Reidenberg lecture, titled "Why Good Drugs are Sometimes Bad for the Liver." Pictured are Henry Earle, June Reidenberg, Arleen Rifkind, Marcus Reidenberg, Paul Watkins, & Lorraine Gudas at a reception after the talk.

Development of Selective Protein Methyltransferases Inhibitors and Targeting CARM1 in Cancer Models

Xiaochun Cai, Ph.D.
Dr. Minkui Luo Lab

Lineage-Tracing Technology to Understand the Molecular Events Involved in a Mouse Model of Oral Cavity Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Marta Melis, Ph.D.
Dr. Lorraine J. Gudas Lab

Thioesterase-Mediated Control of Nutrient Metabolism and Energy Homeostasis

David E. Cohen M.D., Ph.D. Division Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Center for Liver Disease, Department of Medicine
Dr. Steven S. Gross

Unraveling the Complexities of Adipose Tissue Phenotype

Paul Cohen, M.D., Ph.D., and Albert Resnick, M.D., Assistant Professor Head, Laboratory of Molecular Metabolism

The Rockefeller University
Dr. Lorraine J. Gudas

Necessary and Augment if Depleted: The Challenge and Promise of Targeting a Central Metabolic Factor for the Therapeutic Effect

Anthony A. Sauve, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology Weill Cornell Medicine
Dr. Lorraine J. Gudas

Structures of G Protein-Couple Purine Receptors Enable Drug

Kenneth A. Jacobson, Ph.D., Chief, Laboratory of Bioorganic Chemistry & Molecular Recognition Section National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Disease The Rockefeller University
Dr. Arleen Rifkind & Graduate Student Ryan N. Serio

Regulated mRNA Modification: A New Function for Ancient RNA Modifying Enzymes

Wendy V. Gilbert, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry Yale University 
Dr. Samie Jaffrey 

Paracrine Hormone Hypothesis of Colorectal Cancer

Scott A. Waldman, M.D. Chair, Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics Jefferson University Hospital 
Dr. Marcus Reidenberg 

Mitochondria in Health and Disease

Marcia C. Haigis, Ph.D. Associate Professor in the Department of Cell Biology Harvard Medical School 
Drs. Anthony Sauve and Steven Gross 

Novel therapeutic targets for enhancing pancreatic beta cell mass

Maureen Gannon, Ph.D. Vice Chair and Professor in the Department of Medicine (Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism) Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, and Cell Developmental Biology Vanderbilt University Medical Center 
Dr. Marcus Reidenberg 

CARS and ARMORED CARS

Renier J. Brentjens, M.D., Ph.D. Director, Cellular Therapeutics Center, Associate Attending Department of Medicine, Leukemia Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Associate Professor of Medicine, Weill Medical College of Cornell University Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences 
Dr. Arleen Rifkind 

Mitochondria as signaling organelles

Navdeep Chandel, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Cell Biology Harvard Medical School 
Dr. Lorraine J. Gudas 

Orphan Enzymes and New Protein Modifications in Signaling and Cancer

Hening Lin, Ph.D. Professor, Chemistry and Chemical Biology and Howard Hughes Investigator Cornell University
Dr. John Blenis 

Intergenerational Programming of Dominance Via Lactocrine Signaling

Faten Taki, Ph.D.
Dr. Miklos Toth's Lab

A PET Imaging Strategy for Interrogating Target Engagement and Oncogene Status in Pancreatic Cancer

Kelly E. Henry, Ph.D.
Dr. Jason Lewis' Lab

A Selective Macroautophagy Pathway Regulating Bax-Dependent Programmed Cell in Adipocytes

Jeffrey E. Pessin, Ph.D.
Director, Diabetes Research Center Judy R. and Alfred A. Rosenberg Professional Chair in Diabetes Research  

Post-transcriptional Regulation of de novo Lipogenesis by mTORC1-S6K1-SRPK2 Signaling

Gina Lee, Ph.D.
Dr. John Blenis's Lab

Renal Selective Mesoscale Nanoparticles Treat Acute Kidney Injury

Ryan M. Williams, Ph.D.
Dr. Daniel A. Heller's Lab

Molecular Regulation of Muscle Stem Cell Asymmetric Division

Michael Rudnicki, O.C., Ph.D., FRSC
Senior Scientist, Regenerative Medicine Program Director, Regenerative Medicine Program and Sprott Centre for Stem Cell Research Professor, Department of Medicine and Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Ottawa Hospital Research Institute 

Retrotransposon Theory of Aging and Pharmacologic Intervention

Stephen L. Helfand, M.D.
Professor Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry Division of Biology and Medicine Brown University 

Regulation of Exocytosis by Inhibitory GPCRs and Gbg Subunits

Heidi E. Hamm. Ph.D.
Professor Department of Pharmacology Vanderbilt University Medical Center 

Genetic Screens with CRISPR-Cas9: A new Hope in Functional Genomics

John G. Doench. Ph.D.
Associate Director, Genetic Perturbation Platform Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard Cambridge, MA 

Intracellular Signaling and Cancer

John Blenis, Ph.D.
Anna –Maria and Stephen Kellen Professor of Cancer Research Professor of Pharmacology Director, Pharmacology Ph.D. Program Co-Director, Cancer Biology Program 

Changing Ecosystem of Drug Discovery: role of academia and public-private partnership for the development of system xc- inhibitors

Barbara S. Slusher, Ph.D. MAS
Professor of Neurology (primary),Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Medicine, Oncology, Director, John Hopkins Drug Discover, John Hopkins School of Medicine 

Why do GPCRs rapidly internalize after activation?

Mark Von Zastrow, M.D., Ph.D
Professor of Psychiatry/Neurobiology UCSF 

Transcriptional Regulation of Lipid Metabolism

Peter Tontonoz, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine David Geffen School of Medicine Dean’s Scholar UCLA 

Adipose Regulators of Metabolic Diseases

James C. Lo, M.D., Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor of Medicine Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine Weill Cornell Medicine

Targeting Cancer Metabolism

Craig B. Thompson, M.D.
President and chief Executive Officer, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Professor of Immunology & Microbial Pathogenesis, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences 

MALT1 inhibitors for the treatment of Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma

Dr. Lorena Fontan Gabas
Dr. Ari M. Melnick's Lab

Progressive Aortic Valve Stenosis in the Mouse with a Gain-of-Function Mutation in CaV1.2 (CACNA1C)

Dr. Maiko Matsui
Dr. Geoffrey Pitt's Lab

The Ups and Downs of The Extended Amygdala

Thomas L. Kash, Ph.D.
Vice–Chair of Faculty Development, Department of Pharmacology John Andrews Distinguish Professor of Alcohol Studies Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology University of North Carolina Chapel Hill 

Hepatic Lipogenesis and Metabolic Signaling in Obesity and Diabetes

James Mukasa Ntambi, Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry and Steenbock Professor of Nutritional Sciences University of Wisconsin-Madison 

Modeling Human Islet Formation and Function with Stem Cells

Matthias Hebrok, Ph.D.
Director of Diabetes Research
Hurlbut-Johnson Distinguished Professor in Diabetic Research, Department of Medicine University of California San Francisco 

Retinoic Acid Receptor Selective Agonists for the Prevention and Treatment of Cancer and Diabetes

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Lorraine J. Gudas, Ph.D. 

RNA modifications in parasite immune evasion

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Luisa M. Figueiredo, Ph.D. 
Host: Dr. Samie Jaffrey

April 4, 2018

Tom Rossetti won the first year poster prize in the 38th annual Vincent du Vigneaud Research Symposium from his work in Dr. Kristen Pleil’s lab.

March 27, 2018

Chuck Pratt, a graduate student in the lab of Dr. Grimm, has a new publication, titled: Nanoparticles as multimodal photon transducers of ionizing radiation, out in Nature Nanotechnology.

Varun Chandrashekaran

March 26, 2018

Varun Chandrashekaran, Postdoctoral Associate in Pharmacology, Weill Cornell Medical College, has been awarded a 2-year fellowship from the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Dr. Chandrashekaran works in the laboratory of Dr. Lorraine Gudas.

Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC) is the seventh most common cancer worldwide. Surgery is the preferred treatment for early stage HNSCC. However, aggressive local invasion and metastasis lead to a high recurrence rate, which makes HNSCC a...

Dr. Sharpless giving a speech

March 15, 2018

Dr. Norman (Ned) Sharpless, the new Director of the NCI, gave an inspiring talk at Weill Cornell Medicine. He discussed new treatment strategies, funding of the NCI and a variety of other related topics.

Students watching lecture in auditorium.

January 11, 2018

The first lecture, given by Dr. Ignacio Rodriguez, of the “From Molecule to Prescription” Drug Development PhD course was outstanding. Here is a picture of the class. Postdocs and faculty are most welcome to sit in on lectures! Link to the syllabus

Dr. Yueming Li Receives Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Award

Dr. Yueming Li was chosen as the recipient of the Weill Cornell Graduate School Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Award for the value of his teaching and mentoring of WCGS students. Dr. Li was nominated by, Drs. Derek Tan, David Scheinberg, Lisa Placanica and Natalya Gertsik and will be presented this award at the Weill Cornell Graduate School Convocation Ceremony on Wednesday, May 30, at 10 a.m. in Uris Auditorium. Congratulations Dr. Li!

Dr. Jaffrey in lab

Pathway to Stop Diabetes Visionary Award Recipient

Weill Cornell Faculty member, Dr. Samie R. Jaffrey has received the Pathway Visionary Award for his basic research project titled, "Rewiring Cellular Metabolic Networks in Diabetes." Dr. Jaffrey is developing a new type of gene therapy that will allow liver cells to "sense" metabolic abnormalities that occur in diabetes and then stimulate the production of proteins that would correct liver function.

2007 Pharmacology Retreat

During the 2007 Pharmacology Retreat, Elissa Petrova, Marisa Carbonara, Alex Stessin and Jimcy Platholi were honored with Best Talk and Best Poster prizes. Great work!

N.I.H Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) award

Congratulations to Dr. Steven Gross on being awarded an N.I.H Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) award from N.H.L.B.I. The award extends funding for his research project to determine whether hyperglycemia-induced uncoupling of mitochondrial NO synthase plays...

Expert Committee on the Selection and Use of Essential Medicines

Dr. Marcus M. Reidenberg was elected Chairman of the World Health Organization Expert Committee on the Selection and Use of Essential Medicines at its meeting at W.H.O headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on March 19-23, 2007. The WHO Essential Medicines program was started in 1976 and Dr. Reidenberg was appointed, with U.S. government approval, to its Expert Panel and Expert Advisory...

Role of Local RhoA mRNA Translation in Spine Formation and Mental Retardation

Dr. Samie Jaffrey has been awarded a March of Dimes Foundation research grant for his project "Role of Local RhoA mRNA Translation in Spine Formation and Mental Retardation." Congratulations!

Association of American Physicians with the American Society for Clinical Research

Dr. Marcus M. Reidenberg was a mentor of junior faculty and post-doctoral fellows at the small group mentoring sessions at the annual meeting of the Association of American Physicians with the American Society for Clinical Research, April 13-15, 2007, in Chicago.

American Pain Society

Dr. Charles E. Inturrisi is the president-elect of the American Pain Society (APS), the national organization dedicated to improving pain management through research, education and clinical practice.

2007 Vincent du Vigneaud Award of Excellence

Marisa Carbonaro, of Dr. Paraskevi Giannakakou's lab, was awarded the 2007 Vincent du Vigneaud Award of Excellence for "HIF-1 mRNA Complexes Associate and Traffic on Interphase Microtubules for Efficient Protein Translation." Great work!

Shiying Shang

Shiying Shang has published a paper on the diversity-oriented synthesis of polyketides in Organic Letters.

Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow

Congratulations to Dr. Derek S. Tan, who was named an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow for 2007-2009.

Geoffrey Beene Cancer Research Center

Sindy Escobar-Alvarez has been awarded the Geoffrey Beene Graduate Fellowship from the Geoffrey Beene Cancer Research Center at MSKCC. Congrats!

2007 Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar

Dr. Anthony Sauve been selected as a 2007 Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar in Aging. The prize is given annually to a select 20 or so young faculty from across the country working on aging related problems. It comes with 4 years of research funding.

Nutrient sensitive mitochondrial NAD levels dictate cell survival

A new high sensitivity mass spectrometry method of measuring NAD, developed by Tianle Yang, is featured in the article "Nutrient sensitive mitochondrial NAD levels dictate cell survival" published in the September 21st issue of Cell.

Jeremy Paige

Congratulations to Jeremy Paige (as seen with fellow Dr. Jaffrey lab members Alyssia and Rachel) on being awarded the PhRMA fellowship for predoctoral research in Pharmacology.

Allan and Phyllis Treuer Lecture in Pain Research

Dr. Charles E. Inturrisi gave the Allan and Phyllis Treuer Lecture in Pain Research, on December 12, 2006, in the Department of Pharmacology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

Justin Potuzak

Justin Potuzak is a coauthor on a paper just published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society describing a new reaction to synthesize stereochemically diverse spiroketals:  Moilanen, S. B.; Potuzak, J. S.; Tan, D. S.* "Stereocontrolled synthesis of spiroketals via Ti(Oi-Pr)4-mediated kinetic spirocyclization of glycal epoxides with retention of configuration." J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128, 1792 1793.

Dr. Anthony Sauve

Dr. Anthony Sauve received five year R01grant on Feb 15th 2006 from NIDDK National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases entitled "Sir2 Regulation and Chemical Modulation".

Dr. Richard Kolesnick

Dr. Richard Kolesnick gave the John H. Blaffer Visiting Professorship Lecture at MD Anderson on March 9, 2006.

Dr. Rose Xing

Dr. Rose Xing has finished her post-doctoral training in Dr. Richard Kolesnick's lab and has taken a position as Assistant Professor in Pathology at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Gavril Pasternak

On January 27th, 2006, Dr. Gavril Pasternak gave the "1st Annual Machaskee Memorial Lectureship" at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Charles E. Inturrisi

On April 8th, 2006, Dr. Charles E. Inturrisi will receive a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy.

The 2006 Du Vigneaud Symposium

The Pharmacology Graduate Program would like to commend all the Pharmacology graduate students who presented their work during the 2006 Du Vigneaud Symposium. We would especially like to congratulate the following individuals who were awarded prizes for their presentations:

  • Justin S. Potuzak - Du Vigneaud Award

  • Jeanne Farrell - Award of Excellence

  • Cristina Fernandez - Award of Excellence

  • Ann M. Gregus - Award of Excellence

  • ...

Christopher C. Shelton

Congratulations to Christopher C. Shelton, who was recently awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award fellowship from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Alex Stessin

A paper published in J. Biol. Chem. by Alex Stessin, entitled "Soluble adenylyl cyclase mediates nerve growth factor-induced activation of Rap1," was highlighted in the Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment (STKE).

Dr. Reidenberg: FDA & AHRQ

Dr. Marcus Reidenberg was one of a small group invited to participate in a 2 day meeting (September 28-29) with senior staff from the F.D.A. and A.H.R.Q. The goal of the meeting was to promote research and identify new methods of educating the media, healthcare professionals, and the public about risks from medical products.

Dr. Paraskevi Giannakakou

Welcome to our new faculty members: Dr. Paraskevi Giannakakou and Dr. David Gin!

Dr. Samie Jaffrey: 2006 Award

Congratulations to Dr. Samie Jaffrey for winning the 2006 Award for Excellence in Mentoring, from the Weill Medical College Postdoctoral Association. The award honors Principal Investigators who provide superior guidance of individual research, and make profound contributions to the professional development of their trainees.

3rd ASM Conference on Cell – Cell Communication

Congratulations to Eric Salazar, who attended the 3rd ASM Conference on Cell – Cell Communication in Bacteria from October 7 - 12, 2007 and was awarded Outstanding Postdoctoral Presentation!

The Pharmacology Graduate Program

The Pharmacology Graduate Program would like to commend all the Pharmacology graduate students who presented their work during the 2008 Vincent du Vigneaud Symposium. We would especially like to congratulate the following individuals who were awarded prizes for their presentations:

Lisa Placanica - du Vigneaud Award

M. Carrie Garceau - du Vigneaud Award

Judy Mesicek - Award of Excellence

Clare LeFave - Award of Excellence

Kymora Scotland - Award of Excellence...

2008 Prix Galien USA Pro Bono Humanum Award

Dr. Sheldon Segal, adjunct professor of clinical pharmacology, will be awarded the 2008 Prix Galien USA Pro Bono Humanum Award for his role in developing implantable hormone delivery systems.  The awards ceremony will take place on September 24, 2008, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Life Sciences Research Foundation

Dr. Michael Cohen has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the Life Sciences Research Foundation. Congratulations!

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award

Congratulations to Tal Nuriel, who received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institute on Aging!

Journal of Biological Chemistry

Dr. Lorraine Gudas has accepted an invitation to rejoin the Editorial Board of the Journal of Biological Chemistry for a second term!

F&S Science Challenge Initiative

A reception was held on October 21, 2008, at the Consulate of Ireland in Manhattan to celebrate the extension of the F&S Science Challenge Initiative student exchange program to Weill Cornell Medical College and Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

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Weill Cornell Medical College Alumni Association

Pharmacology Professor Hazel Szeto was recently elected to serve as President of the Weill Cornell Medical College Alumni Association. She will also serve for a 2-year term as an ex officio member on the WCMC Board of Overseers.

Prostate Cancer Fellowship

Congratulations to Megan Ricard (Gudas Laboratory) who was awarded a Prostate Cancer Fellowship from the Department of Defense!

CTL Bootcamp

Presenters sitting at a long table.

Drs. Alan Paau, Hazel Szeto, Gerald Chan, Dajun Yang, and Bruce Reidenberg discuss Dr. Szeto's startup company, Stealth Peptides, at the CTL Bootcamp. This is a workshop, sponsored by Cornell University, to teach students and faculty how to start companies. ...

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Dr. Lorraine Gudas has been elected to be a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The names of the new AAAS Fellows, including Dr. Gudas, are published in the December 19, 2008, issue of Science magazine.

Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

Group photo of Pharmacology faculty.
Jan. 9, 2009 - Dr. Francis Lee (far left in photo), a psychiatrist and faculty member of the Pharmacology Graduate Program at Weill Cornell Medical Center, has received a commendation by the president of the United States in the form of a Presidential Early...

International Union of Pharmacology

Dr. Marcus M. Reidenberg, working with Dr. Andrew Walubo of the University of Free State in South Africa, has completed a proposed curriculum for training physicians who wish to specialize in clinical pharmacology. This is part of an international collaborative effort between the International Union of Pharmacology and the World Health Organization to revise the 1970 WHO document on clinical pharmacology....

17th World Health Organization Expert Committee on the Selection and Use of Essential Medicines

Dr. Marcus M. Reidenberg was elected chair of the 17th World Health Organization Expert Committee on the Selection and Use of Essential Medicines at its meeting at WHO headquarters March 23-27, 2009. The WHO Essential Medicines Concept is that medicines meeting the priority medical needs of a country must be made...

Dr. Anthony A. Sauve

Dr. Charles E. Inturrisi: Teaching and Mentoring Award

Congratulations to Dr. Charles E. Inturrisi who received the first Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Award from the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences at the Graduate School Convocation on May 28, 2008.

2008 Pharmacology Program Retreat

During the 2008 Pharmacology Program Retreat, held at Skytop Lodge, Skytop, PA, Jeremy Paige and Vikram Kanda were awarded Best Poster prizes, while Best Talk prizes were awarded to Chad Shelton (1st place) and Eric Salazar (2nd place). Great work!

T32 Predoctoral Translational Fellowship Award

Congratulations to Marisa Carbonaro for winning the T32 Predoctoral Translational Fellowship Award with Drs. Paraskevi Giannakakou and David Nanus as her mentors.

Department of Defense Predoctoral Prostate Cancer Training Award

Kudos to Vasundhra Kashyap for receiving a Department of Defense Predoctoral Prostate Cancer Training Award!

Pilot Research Award for Translational Cross-disciplinary Studies

Congratulations to Dr. Nigel Mongan and co-investigator Dr. Eric Kauffman for receiving a Pilot Research Award for Translational Cross-disciplinary Studies from the WCMC Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC). Their project is under the mentorship of Drs. Lorraine Gudas, Douglas Scherr, and David Nanus.

NHLBI Program Project Grant

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has awarded a $13 million grant to the Center of Vascular Biology at Weill Cornell. One of the projects on this NHLBI Program Project Grant is that of Dr. Steven Gross who leads a study of mitochondria in the function and dysfunction of eNOS (endothelial nitric oxide synthase).

Dr. Hazel Szeto: NIDA Council

Dr. Hazel Szeto has received the honor of being asked to serve on the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) National Advisory Council for a 4-year term.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Lungs' mast cells could provide new treatment target for asthma and other respiratory disease according to a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Pharmacology Professor Roberto Levi, M.D., is a co-senior author on this publication.

W. Lee Kraus

Cornell scientists find how a protein binds to genes and regulates them across the human genome. Congratulations to Associate Professor W. Lee Kraus and his co-authors on this research, published in the Feb. 8 issue of the journal Science.

Dr. Samie R. Jaffrey

For the first time, functional transcription factor mRNA is found outside the nucleus, at the tip of growing axons. Congratulations to Dr. Samie R. Jaffrey and his co-authors on this research, published in the Feb. 1 issue of Nature Cell Biology.

Dr. Geoffrey W. Abbott

Dr. Geoffrey W. Abbott is an author on a recent article published in Nature, titled "Human cardiovascular progenitor cells develop from a KDR+ embryonic-stem-cell-derived population."

American Psychological Association Diversity Program in Neuroscience Fellowship

Congratulations to Sebastian Shaffer, who was awarded an American Psychological Association Diversity Program in Neuroscience Fellowship! This fellowship was awarded from a National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Training Grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

2008 Oscar B. Hunter Memorial Award in Therapeutics

Dr. Marcus M. Reidenberg has been selected by the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASCPT) to receive the 2008 Oscar B. Hunter Memorial Award in Therapeutics. The Hunter Award honors individual scientists for outstanding lifetime contributions to clinical pharmacology and therapeutics.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Clinical Scientist Award

Congratulations to Dr. Francis Lee, who was awarded a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Clinical Scientist Award in Translational Research!

Hypertension 2008: Advances in Diagnosis & Management

Dr. Marcus M. Reidenberg gave a presentation titled "Mind (And Measure) Your Cytochrome P's" at the American Society of Hypertension's "Hypertension 2008: Advances in Diagnosis & Management" conference on Saturday, April 12, 2008, in New York City. For more information, please contact the ASH-Eastern Regional Chapter.

NIH Consensus Panel

Dr. Charles E. Inturrisi was a member of an NIH Consensus Panel that met in Bethesda, MD, from February 24 to 27, 2008, to review the use of hydroxyurea for the treatment of sickle cell disease (SCD). The panel issued a statement that made a number of recommendations including the increased use of...

Dr. Anthony Sauve

Dr. Anthony Sauve been selected as a 2007 Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar in Aging. The prize is given annually to a select 20 or so young faculty from across the country working on aging related problems. It comes with 4 years of research funding.

Geoffrey Beene Graduate Fellowship

Sindy Escobar-Alvarez has been awarded the Geoffrey Beene Graduate Fellowship from the Geoffrey Beene Cancer Research Center at MSKCC. Congrats!

Shiying Shang

Shiying Shang has published a paper on the diversity-oriented synthesis of polyketides in Organic Letters.

Marisa Carbonaro

Marisa Carbonaro, of Dr. Paraskevi Giannakakou's lab, was awarded the 2007 Vincent du Vigneaud Award of Excellence for "HIF-1 mRNA Complexes Associate and Traffic on Interphase Microtubules for Efficient Protein Translation." Great work!

March of Dimes Foundation grant

Dr. Samie Jaffrey has been awarded a March of Dimes Foundation research grant for his project "Role of Local RhoA mRNA Translation in Spine Formation and Mental Retardation." Congratulations!

Dr. Reidenberg: WHO Committee

Dr. Marcus M. Reidenberg was elected Chairman of the World Health Organization Expert Committee on the Selection and Use of Essential Medicines at its meeting at W.H.O headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on March 19-23, 2007. The WHO Essential Medicines program was started in 1976 and Dr. Reidenberg was appointed, with U.S. government approval, to its Expert Panel and...

Method to Extend Research in Time

Congratulations to Dr. Steven Gross on being awarded an N.I.H Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) award from N.H.L.B.I. The award extends funding for his research project to determine whether hyperglycemia-induced uncoupling of mitochondrial NO synthase plays a central role in triggering the pathogenesis of diabetic vascular complications.

2007 Pharmacology Retreat

During the 2007 Pharmacology Retreat, Elissa Petrova, Marisa Carbonara, Alex Stessin and Jimcy Platholi were honored with Best Talk and Best Poster prizes. Great work!

Tianle Yang

A new high sensitivity mass spectrometry method of measuring NAD, developed by Tianle Yang, is featured in the article "Nutrient sensitive mitochondrial NAD levels dictate cell survival" published in the September 21 issue of Cell.

2007 Excellence in Mentoring Award

Dr. Charles Inturrisi has been selected for the 2007 Excellence in Mentoring Award by the Weill Cornell Medical College Postdoctoral Association. The award recognizes the importance of quality mentoring and exemplary efforts of the WCMC faculty in advising graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty.

Eric Salazar

Congratulations to Eric Salazar, who attended the 3rd ASM Conference on Cell – Cell Communication in Bacteria from October 7 - 12, 2007 and was awarded Outstanding Postdoctoral Presentation!

Dr. Francis Lee: Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Congratulations to Dr. Francis Lee, who was awarded a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Clinical Scientist Award in Translational Research!

Functional transcription factor mRNA

For the first time, functional transcription factor mRNA is found outside the nucleus, at the tip of growing axons. Congratulations to Dr. Samie R. Jaffrey and his co-authors on this research, published in the Feb. 1 issue of Nature Cell Biology.

Roberto Levi, M.D.

Lungs' mast cells could provide new treatment target for asthma and other respiratory disease according to a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Pharmacology Professor Roberto Levi, M.D., is a co-senior author on this publication.

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has awarded a $13 million grant to the Center of Vascular Biology at Weill Cornell. One of the projects on this NHLBI Program Project Grant is that of Dr. Steven Gross who leads a study of mitochondria in the function and dysfunction of eNOS (endothelial nitric oxide synthase).

Dr. Nigel Mongan

Congratulations to Dr. Nigel Mongan and co-investigator Dr. Eric Kauffman for receiving a Pilot Research Award for Translational Cross-disciplinary Studies from the WCMC Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC). Their project is under the mentorship of Drs. Lorraine Gudas, Douglas Scherr and David Nanus.

Vasundhra Kashyap: Award

Kudos to Vasundhra Kashyap for receiving a Department of Defense Predoctoral Prostate Cancer Training Award!

Marisa Carbonaro: T3 Award

Congratulations to Marisa Carbonaro for winning the T32 Predoctoral Translational Fellowship Award with Drs. Paraskevi Giannakakou and David Nanus as her mentors.

Drs. Steven Gross and Jochen Buck

Drs. Steven Gross and Jochen Buck were both honored in November 2007 for 25 and 15 years of service, respectively.

Jeremy Paige

Congratulations to Jeremy Paige (as seen with fellow Dr. Jaffrey lab members Alyssia and Rachel) on being awarded the PhRMA fellowship for pre-doctoral research in Pharmacology.

Dr. Charles E. Inturrisi

Dr. Charles E. Inturrisi gave the Allan and Phyllis Treuer Lecture in Pain Research, on December 12, 2006, in the Department of Pharmacology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

Justin Potuzak

Justin Potuzak is a coauthor on a paper just published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society describing a new reaction to synthesize stereochemically diverse spiroketals: Moilanen, S. B.; Potuzak, J. S.; Tan, D. S.* "Stereocontrolled synthesis of spiroketals via Ti(Oi-Pr)4-mediated kinetic spirocyclization of glycal epoxides with retention of configuration." J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128, 1792-1793.

Dr. Jian Shen: Sapience Therapeutics

July 2017: Dr. Barry Kappel, a Ph.D. graduate in our Pharmacology Program, started his own company, Sapience Therapeutics, in October, 2015 (Nature 245:58; 18, May 2017).

Doctors in Iceland

Iceland

December, 2016: Dr. Noel Chan and Matt traveled to Iceland and had a great time.

Dr. Danica Chiu's Wedding

June 2016: Dr. Danica Chiu's wedding.

Chiu Wedding 1

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Dr. Jian Shen: Surgery Dept. Talk

May 13, 2016: Dr. Jian Shen, who received his Ph.D. in 1999, came back for a visit with his thesis adviser, Dr. Gudas, on May 11, 2016. He gave a talk in the Surgery Dept. at Weill Cornell as well.

Dr. Denise Minton

March 14, 2016: Dr. Denise Minton, who received her PhD in the lab of Dr. Lorraine Gudas and is now a postdoctoral fellow at NYU, is featured by the Meyer Cancer Center.

Dr. Noel Chan

December 2015: News about Dr. Noel Chan (2012). 2015 was a year full of blessings and happiness. I got married in Hong Kong in June. Matt and I were both born in Hong Kong, and then we met in New York 5 years ago. We are now living in Cambridge, MA. Matt is now working in Sullivan & Worcester law firm in Boston as the Network and Security Engineer. I am in my second year Research Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School. My current research investigates the genomic...

Dr. Joel Schrock

Sir2 Regulation and Chemical Modulation

Dr. Anthony Sauve received five year R01grant on Feb 15th 2006 from NIDDK National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases entitled "Sir2 Regulation and Chemical Modulation".

Dr. Richard Kolesnick

Dr. Richard Kolesnick gave the John H. Blaffer Visiting Professorship Lecture at MD Anderson on March 9, 2006.

Dr. Samie Jaffrey

Congratulations to Dr. Samie Jaffrey for winning the 2006 Award for Excellence in Mentoring, from the Weill Medical College Postdoctoral Association. The award honors Principal Investigators who provide superior guidance of individual research, and make profound contributions to the professional development of their trainees.

Dr. Paraskevi Giannakakou

Welcome to our new faculty members: Dr. Paraskevi Giannakakou and Dr. David Gin.

Dr. Reidenberg: AHRQ

Dr. Marcus Reidenberg was one of a small group invited to participate in a 2 day meeting (September 28-29) with senior staff from the F.D.A. and A.H.R.Q. The goal of the meeting was to promote research and identify new methods of educating the media, healthcare professionals, and the public about risks from medical products.

Christopher C. Shelton

Congratulations to Christopher C. Shelton, who was recently awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award fellowship from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

2006 Du Vigneaud Symposium

The Pharmacology Graduate Program would like to commend all the Pharmacology graduate students who presented their work during the 2006 Du Vigneaud Symposium. We would especially like to congratulate the following individuals who were awarded prizes for their presentations:

  • Justin S. Potuzak - Du Vigneaud Award

  • Jeanne Farrell - Award of Excellence

  • Cristina Fernandez - Award of Excellence

  • Ann M. Gregus -...

Dr. Charles E. Inturrisi: Distinguished Alumnus Award

On April 8th, 2006, Dr. Charles E. Inturrisi will receive a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy.

Dr. Gavril Pasternak

On January 27th, 2006, Dr. Gavril Pasternak gave the "1st Annual Machaskee Memorial Lectureship" at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Rose Xing

Dr. Rose Xing has finished her post-doctoral training in Dr. Richard Kolesnick's lab and has taken a position as Assistant Professor in Pathology at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Qiuying Chen

June 1, 2015: Dr. Qiuying Chen, an Asst. Research Professor, and Dr. Miriam Sindelar, a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Gross, presented major research talks at the 63d meeting of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry annual meeting in St. Louis. Dr. Sindelar's talk was titled: The Human Plasma REDOXOME: A Broad Compendium of Oxidative Stress Biomarkers.

Advisory Board of the Global Healthcare Innovation Management Center

April 8, 2015: Dr. Marcus Reidenberg, a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Healthcare Innovation Management Center of Fordham University, discussed patient-centric cancer care at an open public lecture at Fordham University.

Dr. Minkui Luo

July 21, 2014: Congratulations to Dr. Minkui Luo on his promotion!

WCMC Alumni Association Awards Committee

June 17, 2014: Dr. Roberto Levi was selected by the WCMC Alumni Association Awards Committee to receive the Honorary Fellowship Award. This honor is awarded to individuals who by their scholarship, dedication, and leadership have greatly enhanced and enriched the life of Weill Cornell Medical College, its faculty and students. The award will be presented to Dr. Levi on October 10, 2014.

Tony Davis

June 3, 2014: Tony Davis was selected to give a student talk at the Annual Year-End Chemical Biology Symposium at the NYAS.

Eric Chea

June 1, 2014: Eric Chea is a coauthor on a paper from Dave Gin's group that just appeared in Nature Chemistry.

Dr. Anthony Sauve

June 1, 2014: We are proud to announce that Dr. Anthony Sauve has been awarded tenure as an associate professor in the Pharmacology Dept. Congratulations, Anthony, for this great achievement!

Brian and Maggie at fair

International Science & Engineering Fair

May 16, 2014: Brian Yinge Zhao a junior at the Dalton school and Maggie Ren a senior at Hunter College High School, two students who were in Dr. Hazel Szeto's lab, went all the way to become finalists at the International Science & Engineering Fair that just took place in LA.

2014 duVigneaud Symposium

April 24, 2014: The Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences duVigneaud Symposium-our PhD students presented lots of exciting scientific research!

ASBMB Young Investigator Award 2014

April 28, 2014: Dr. Jaffrey wins the Young Investigator Award from the ASBMB!

Bill Mills and Michael Boice

April 15, 2014: Bill Mills and Michael Boice, two Pharmacology Ph.D. students, won this years Cornell Venture Challenge; they were awarded $25,000 to push their business plan forward.

Scientists standing at podium

CFRX

July 31, 2014: Drs. David Scheinberg, Co-Chair of the Pharmacology PhD Program at Weill Cornell; Lucy Kappel, Regeneron; Barry Kappel, VP at CFRX; & Jimmy Rotolo, CFRX, ring the opening bell at NASDAQ! Lucy, Weill Cornell Immunology Program PhD, Barry & Jimmy, Pharmacology Program PhDs! CFRX is now listed on NASDAQ.

ACS Chemical Biology

September 9, 2014: Dr. Tony Davis and Dr. Derek Tan have just published in ACS Chemical Biology. Congratulations!

Scientists standing in lab

Dr. David Foster

April 1, 2015: We welcome Dr. David Foster, the Rosalyn Yalow Professor at Hunter College, and his lab members to Pharmacology. Dr. Foster has an adjunct faculty position at WCMC, and his lab is now on the 4th floor of the Belfer Research Building.

Dr. Francis Lee and Dr. Iva Dincheva

March 9, 2015: Dr. Francis Lee and Dr. Iva Dincheva, a former PhD student in our Pharmacology Program and now a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Lee's lab, have published a fascinating study in Nature Communications concerning fronto-amygdala function. Congratulations!! This work was also featured in the NY Times and Pub Med.

Sara DiNapoli

February 5, 2015: Great news! Congratulations go to Pharm. PhD student Sara DiNapoli, who was awarded an F31 fellowship from NCI for her project titled: "Understanding the role of Polycomb Repressive Complex 2 in Melanoma." Her PhD mentor is Dr. Yariv Houvras, and co-mentor is Dr. Ari Melnick.

Dr. Michael Peterson

January 2, 2015: Dr. Michael Peterson, a postdoctoral fellow on the Cancer Pharmacology Training Grant (Danishefsky lab), has accepted a faculty position at the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. Congratulations, Mike!

Jocelin Kalish

December 12, 2014: Jocelin Kalish, a Pharmacology PhD student in the Gudas lab, will receive funding from NIH for her F31 fellowship. Congratulations to Jocelin!!!

Drs. Jaffrey and Sauve

December 1, 2014: Drs. Jaffrey and Sauve have shown that noise-induced hearing loss in a mouse can be prevented by using a simple chemical compound, nicotinamide riboside, that is a precursor to vitamin B3!

Professors chatting in a conference room

From A to Zinc

October 2, 2014: Dr. Anthony Sauve spoke at the New York Weill Cornell Council on "From A to Zinc: What you and your family don't know about vitamins and supplements." The other speaker was Dr. Orli Etingin, Medical Director, Iris Cantor Women's Health Center, Weill Cornell. Here is a picture of Dr. Sauve with some of the attendees who had questions after the talks.

Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists

September 30, 2014: Dr. Dilek Colak, a postdoctoral associate in professor Dr. Samie Jaffrey's laboratory, was selected as a finalist in life sciences for the Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists from the New York Academy of Sciences. Congratulations, Dilek!!

Dr. John Blenis

September 19, 2014: Dr. John Blenis and his lab members were the guests of honor at a wine and cheese reception in the Pharmacology Dept. to welcome them to NYC!!

Alissa Brandes

March 4, 2014: Alissa Brandes (lab of Dr. Yueming Li) received an F31 predoctoral fellowship from The National Institute on Aging. Congratulations, Alissa!

Drs. Samie Jaffrey and Dilek Colak

February 27, 2014: Drs. Samie Jaffrey and Dilek Colak have uncovered the mechanism for a common form of intellectual disability and autism, and potential drug treatment. Their findings are published in Science.

Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee

July 26, 2013: Dr. Lorraine Gudas has been appointed as a member of the Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration for a 3-year term.

Dr. Panaghie's name on a screen in Times Square

Dr. Gianina Panaghie

June 28, 2013: Former Pharmacology PhD student from our program, Dr. Gianina Panaghie, was featured on the screen in Times Square when PTC Therapeutics, the company she works for now, went public. 

2013 Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists

June 20, 2013: Dr. Samie Jaffrey is a recipient of the 2013 Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists, given by the NY Academy of Sciences.

USP Therapeutic Information and Formulary Support Expert Committee

June 20, 2013: Dr. Marcus M. Reidenberg has been elected to the USP Therapeutic Information and Formulary Support Expert Committee. The USP has been given a statutory role in developing the Medicare Model Guidelines under the Medicare Modernization Act. This committee will develop revised guidelines for drug benefits for Medicare and guidelines for other drug benefit programs among its various activities.

Dr. Dilek Colak

June 6, 2013: Dr. Dilek Colak, a postdoctoral fellow, is first author on a paper with Dr. Samie Jaffrey in Cell focused on the basis of brain miswiring.

Dr. Dan Rohle

May 17, 2013: Pharmacology Ph.D. graduate, Dr. Dan Rohle was the first author on a paper in the May 3 issue of Science (340:626) titled: "An Inhibitor of Mutant IDH1 Delays Growth and Promotes Differentiation of Glioma Cells."

Dr. Gudas on Board of Overseers

May 15, 2013: Dr. Lorraine Gudas was elected to the Board of Overseers of Weill Cornell Medical College and Graduate School of Medical Sciences for a 3 - year term. As a member of the Board, she will be a liaison between the faculty and the Overseers.

Dr. Li standing with group

Dr. Yueming Li

May 15, 2013: Dr. Yueming Li was the recipient of the MetLife Foundation Award for Medical Research in Alzheimer's Disease. Congratulations to Dr. Li! Pictured are Dr. Li and his lab members at the award ceremony. More information from AFAR.

2013 Future of Health Technology Award

May 6, 2013: Dr. Lorraine Gudas was awarded the 2013 Future of Health Technology Award in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for her research in cancer pharmacology. Read the press release.

Nawreen Rahman

August 28, 2013: Nawreen Rahman, a Ph.D. student in the lab of Drs. Levin and Buck, recently received an F31 Predoctoral Fellowship Award. Congratulations!

ASBMB Young Investigator Award 2013

September 6, 2013: Congratulations to Dr. Samie Jaffrey, who has just won the prestigious ASBMB Young Investigator Award!

Dr. Mark Lundquist

January 31, 2014: Dr. Mark Lundquist, who received his Ph.D. in Pharmacology last year from our program, Dr. Samie Jaffrey, and their colleagues have identified an important new pathway responsible for the development of cancer and its spread to other parts of the body, a process known as metastasis. The finding provides new opportunities to prevent cancer metastasis and helps to explain how one drug that is already in development works to stop the disease's spread. This work was published...

Nature Neuroscience Paper

January 9, 2014: The recent Nature Neuroscience paper by Dr. Miklos Toth and colleagues, "Maternal hematopoietic TNF, via milk chemokines, programs hippocampal development and memory" was selected to be highlighted in the Editors' Choice section of Science Signaling, the weekly journal from the publisher of Science magazine.

Dr. Lonny Levin on NPR

December 18, 2013: Dr. Lonny Levin was featured on NPR in a discussion of the NIH budget. To listen, click Lab Mice Rejoice Over Pending Budget Vote

Stealth Peptides

April 16, 2014: Dr. Hazel Szeto was interviewed by Dean Glimcher about the company she founded, Stealth Peptides.

December 16-17, 2013: Stealth Peptides, a company founded on research performed by Dr. Hazel Szeto, one of our faculty, held a Mitochondrial Therapeutic Symposium at the Le Parker Meridien Hotel in NYC. The symposium featured talks by a large number of researchers from around the USA who have tested Bendavia for the treatment of various diseases. The talks...

Dr. Jaffrey

Dr. Samie Jaffrey: 10th Annual Gala

December 15, 2013: On Nov. 18, 2013, the New York Academy of Sciences honored Dr. Samie Jaffrey at Cipriani at the "Science & The City 10th Annual Gala" and presented him with one of five Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists, which recognizes innovative accomplishments by young faculty in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Here is a picture of Dr. Jaffrey speaking at the event. More information on the...

Dr. Chau and Dr. Gudas

Dr. Deming Chau

December 12, 2013: Dr. Deming Chau, who received his PhD from our program, returned to NYC to visit the Pharmacology Program faculty; Dr. Chau is now on the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Universiti Putra Malaysia! Here is a picture of Dr. Chau with Dr. Gudas.

Scientist Magazine

December 1, 2013: Drs. Bingfang Liu and Miklos Toth published their exciting data in Nature Neuroscience this week! Their research was picked up by the Scientist Magazine.

Justin Mulvey

October 22, 2013: Justin Mulvey, an MD/PhD student in the Pharmacology Program, published a paper in Nature Biotechnology titled "Self-assembly of carbon nanotubes and antibodies on tumours for targeted amplified delivery" with his advisor, Dr. Scheinberg. Congratulations are in order!

Abby Horstmann

October 21, 2013: Abby Horstmann, a Ph.D. student in the Gudas lab, recently was awarded a 3-year, F31 predoctoral fellowship from NIH (NIDCR). Congratulations to Abby!

The Global Healthcare Innovation Management Center

May 2, 2013: The Global Healthcare Innovation Management Center of the Schools of Business of Fordham University had a day long roundtable on May 2, "Determining the Value of Healthcare - A Multi-stakeholder Perspective". Dr. Marcus M. Reidenberg chaired the panel, "The Overall Value of Evidence Based Healthcare" at the roundtable. The output of this roundtable will be a scholarly paper by faculty of the Schools of Business of Fordham.

Drs. Jochen Buck and Lonny Levin

October 25, 2017: Drs. Jochen Buck and Lonny Levin, Pharmacology Department professors, won a prestigious Daedalus award, for Development of "First of Their Kind" Activators of Soluble Adenylyl Cyclase for the Treatment of Glaucoma.

Dr. Samie Jaffrey, Greenberg-Starr Professor of Pharmacology, also won a Daedalus award for a Platform and Rapid Discovery of Small Molecules That Bind and Modulate Disease-Associated RNA Targets. Congratulations!...

Reversible methylation of m6Am in the 5' cap controls mRNA stability

December 22, 2016: Dr. Samie Jaffrey and his postdoctoral fellow (and first author Dr. Jan Mauer) have a new publication in Nature answering a major question in biology, how the amount of protein generated from an mRNA is determined. The paper is titled: "Reversible methylation of m6Am in the 5' cap controls mRNA stability." Congratulations! Read the...

Dr. Kristen Pleil

December 19, 2016: One of our newest faculty members, Dr. Kristen Pleil, has been selected as the recipient of the Kellen Junior Faculty Fellowship. Very nice, Kristen!

Dr. Arleen Rifkind

December 12, 2016: Dr. Arleen Rifkind has been appointed to the FDA Non Prescription Drug Advisory Committee. Congratulations, Arleen!!

Dr. Roberto Levi and Dr. Michi Okamoto honored at ceremony

Dr. Roberto Levi and Dr. Michi Okamoto

November 14, 2016: Dean Augustine Choi (left) honored faculty members Dr. Roberto Levi (2nd from left) and Dr. Michi Okamoto (4th from left) for 50 & 55 years of service at Weill Cornell! The event also honored Pharmacology faculty Drs. Arleen Rifkind, Diane Felsen, Silvia Moore, Lorraine Gudas, & Xiao-Han Tang!

Drs. Patrizia Levi and Roberto Levi

Drs. Patrizia Levi and Roberto Levi

November 14, 2016: Drs. Patrizia Levi and Roberto Levi have donated one of Patrizia's beautiful paintings to the Pharmacology Dept. Thank you both so much! We will all treasure and enjoy this painting for many years to come!

Dr. Chiosis

October 16, 2016: Dr. Chiosis and her Pharmacology Program faculty collaborators Drs. Lewis and Melnick have an exciting publication just out in Nature on the epichaperome! Read article on Dr. Chiosis.

X-chromosome inactivation

September 7, 2016: Dr. Jaffrey & his colleagues recently published a stellar paper in Nature in which they determined the mechanism for X-chromosome inactivation in females. How the X-chromosome is inactivated is a question that has been under study for many years, a key question in biology! Read the Nature journal article for more information.

Students on boat ride to Statue of Liberty

2016 Ph.D. Students

August 22, 2016: We welcomed our newest class of PhD students with a boat ride around Manhattan! Here are some of the students in front of Lady Liberty.

Molecular Cell

August 15, 2016: Dr. Gudas has a new publication in Molecular Cell!

Nature Methods

January 7, 2017: Nature Methods just named epitranscriptome mapping their "Method of the Year," highlighting Dr. Jaffrey's role in initiating this field with Kate Meyer's 2012 Cell paper. Read article on "Method of the Year."

Abel Award from ASPET

January 12, 2017: Congratulations to Dr. Samie Jaffrey, who just won the Abel Award from ASPET! Dr. Jaffrey's mentor, Dr. Sol Snyder, received this award in 1970 (three years before he discovered the opiate receptor) and Dr. Jaffrey is his fourth student to receive this award.

Drug Development: From Molecule to Prescription

October 10, 2017: A new course in drug development taught by scientists in the pharmaceutical industry will be offered in 2018. The course is titled, "Drug Development: From Molecule to Prescription." For more information contact Aileen Ibagon.

Dr. Gudas on Cornell University Research Website

August 16, 2017: Some of the research from the laboratory of Dr. Lorraine Gudas was just featured on the Cornell University Research website. Read news article

Lisa Standke

Lisa Standke (Tan lab)

August 7, 2017: Lisa Standke (Tan lab) was just awarded an F31 fellowship from NIH. Congratulations are in order! The title of her project is:"Development of Pharmacologically Optimized Inhibitors of M. tuberculosis MbtA as Novel Antibiotics."

Carnegie Hall during graduation

Graduation 2017

June 1, 2017: Graduation 2017 at Carnegie Hall in NYC.

Dr. Gudas with colleague at March for Science 2017

March for Science, NYC

April 22, 2017: March for Science, NYC!! See more pictures from the March for Science.

Dr. Jaffrey

2017 ASPET Abel Award

April 18, 2017: Dr. Samie Jaffrey has won the 2017 ASPET Abel Award, an award to stimulate fundamental research in pharmacology and experimental therapeutics by young investigators. Dr. Dr. Jaffrey will deliver the John J. Abel Award in Pharmacology Lecture on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at the annual meeting. Well done, Samie! Congratulations!

Nature Biomedical Engineering

March 14, 2017: Pharmacology PhD student Jackson Harvey and his advisor, Dr. Dan Heller, have a paper accepted in Nature Biomedical Engineering. Congratulations! Read the paper, titled: "A Carbon Nanotube Reporter of miRNA Hybridization Events In Vivo."

Dr. Christopher Triggle

January 20, 2017: Dr. Christopher Triggle, one of our faculty in WCMC-Qatar, was elected as a fellow of the British Pharmacology Society. Congratulations, Chris!

Dr. Kubala

Jaclyn Kubala

January 20, 2017: Congratulations to Jaclyn Kubala on her new F31 fellowship from NCI titled: The Role of NDUFA4L2 in Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma! Jackie is a Pharmacology PhD student co-mentored by Drs. Heller and Gudas, with Dr. David Nanus as a collaborator on this kidney cancer project.

Honorary Fellow of the Weill Cornell Alumni Association

August 2, 2016: Dr. Inturrisi has been selected as an Honorary Fellow of the Weill Cornell Alumni Association because of his dedicated service to the Medical Center

Dr. Pleil

RSA (Research Society on Alcoholism)

June 28, 2016: Dr. Kristen Pleil and Dr. Lorraine Gudas both led symposia and spoke at the RSA (Research Society on Alcoholism) national meeting in New Orleans. Here is a picture of Dr. Pleil giving her talk.

Dr. Kim

Dr. Ju Youn Kim

November 3, 2015: Congratulations go to Dr. Ju Youn Kim, who was recently awarded a CTSC Postdoctoral Training Award, and to Jason Dumelie, awarded a Tri-I Starr Stem Cell Scholars Fellowship! Both are working with Dr. Jaffrey.

Vitamin A deficiency

November 2, 2015: Drs. Steve Trasino, Xiao-Han Tang, Jose Jessurun, and Lorraine Gudas have shown in mouse models that obesity causes a profound vitamin A deficiency in major organs, including the liver, pancreas, and kidney, but the deficiency is not detected by measuring serum levels of the vitamin. These findings could have major implications for human health.

Journal CELL

October 22, 2015: Dr. Kate Meyer, a postdoctoral fellow, and Dr. Samie Jaffrey reported in the journal CELL this week that N6-methyladenosine containing mRNAs can be translated in a cap-independent manner. Cellular stress induces redistribution of methyladenosine transcriptome-wide, with broad implications for diseases such as cancer. Read the CELL journal article for more information.

Dr. Reidenberg: Barcelona Lecture

October 13, 2015: Dr. Reidenberg gave a lecture in Barcelona, Spain on essential medicines for the WHO.

Drs. Daniel Bachovchin and Dr. Kristen Pleil

October 1, 2015: We welcome our newest faculty members, just hired, Drs. Daniel Bachovchin and Dr. Kristen Pleil!!

Ben Schwartz

September 16, 2015: Ben Schwartz, a graduate student in Dr. Gross' lab, was awarded an F31 fellowship from NINDS to investigate a potential bioenergetic/metabolic basis for sporadic ALS. Congratulations!

Ryan Serio

July 23, 2015: Ryan Serio, a PhD student in the labs of Dr. Gudas & Dr. Gross, has received a 3-year F31 predoctoral fellowship from the NIAAA. Congratulations to Ryan!!

USP Healthcare Quality Expert Committee

July 1, 2015: Dr. Marcus Reidenberg was appointed to the USP Healthcare Quality Expert Committee for a 5 year term starting July 1, 2015. One of several charges to the committee is to set standards and criteria for acceptable drug benefits for Medicare Part D and is the default option for the drug benefits for the Affordable Care Act.

Jeanne and Barbara cut their cake

Jeanne Powers and Barbara Inturrisi

June 23, 2015: A Farewell Party was held for Jeanne Powers and for Barbara Inturrisi. We will miss you both!

Dr. Lew Cantley

November 9, 2015: Dr. Steve Gross and his colleagues, including Dr. Lew Cantley, senior author, have a lovely article in Science this week showing that vitamin C selectively kills KRAS and BRAF mutant colorectal cancer cells by targeting GAPDH.

Bonnie Quach

December 17, 2015: Pharmacology PhD student Bonnie Quach was awarded a fellowship from PhRMA for her proposal titled: A novel optical dynamic clamp method to make iPSC-CMs a more viable platform for drug screening. Congratulations!

2016 Charles Bardes Teaching Prize

June 15, 2016: Congratulations to Dr. Lonny Levin, who won the 2016 Charles Bardes Teaching Prize. This prize is awarded annually to a member of the faculty who has been an outstanding teacher at Weill Cornell Medical College, demonstrated leadership, dedication, and concern for the students.

Dr. Diane Felsen

May 17, 2016: Dr. Diane Felsen is a co-author on a publication in Nature Communications titled, "CLIC4 regulates apical exocytosis and renal tube luminogenesis through retromer-and actin-mediated endocytic trafficking."

Nature Communications

May 13, 2016: Dr. Miklos Toth and his colleagues, including former grad student Emma Mitchell, have just published an exciting study in Nature Communications showing the transmission of non-genetic behavioral traits to new generations!

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2016 Student Service Award

April 28, 2016: The Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences announced that Pharmacology graduate student Sara DiNapoli is one of the recipients of the 2016 Student Service award, and faculty member Dr. David Scheinberg is the recipient of the 2016 Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Award. Congratulations are in order!!

National Pain Strategy

April 5, 2016: Dr. Charles E. Inturrisi, Professor of Pharmacology, will serve on a workgroup of the NIH sponsored National Pain Strategy. The workgroup is composed of leading pain researchers and is charged with developing a long- term plan that will guide federal agencies in their efforts to coordinate a research agenda with the ultimate goal of improving pain care through evidence based studies.

Tri-Institutional Breakout Prize for Junior Investigators

April 4, 2016: Dr. Kate Meyer, a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Samie Jaffrey, has won the Tri-Institutional Breakout Prize for Junior Investigators from Weill Cornell Medicine for 2016. This is truly a great honor and reflects the fantastic research Dr. Meyer and Dr. Jaffrey have carried out together. Congratulations!!

Greenberg-Starr Endowed Chair

March 30, 2016: Dr. Samie Jaffrey has been awarded the Greenberg-Starr Endowed Chair. This is a great honor for Dr. Jaffrey and for the Pharmacology Department. Congratulations to Dr. Jaffrey!!

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Wan-Ying Hsieh

March 22, 2016: Congratulations to graduate student Wan-Ying Hsieh, who was awarded a FY15 Horizon Award from Department of Defense for her proposal titled: "Characterization of Ran Binding Protein (RanBP6) as a Candidate Tumor Suppressor". Very nice, Wan-Ying!!

Dr. Jain

March 1, 2016: Dr. Inturrisi will present a named lecture on 4/13/2016 in honor of Dr. Jain!

Tri-Institutional Breakout Awards for Junior Investigators

June 10, 2015: Six young scientists at Sloan Kettering, Rockefeller University, and Weill Cornell have been named the inaugural winners of a new prize established to recognize postdoctoral investigators in the life sciences. The Tri-Institutional Breakout Awards for Junior Investigators, which include a $25,000 prize for each recipient, were established by three Tri-Institutional winners of the 2013 Breakthrough Prize in Life Science. Dr. Dilek Colak, a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Samie...

33rd Annual du Vigneaud Graduate Student Symposium

May 2, 2013: The 33rd Annual du Vigneaud Graduate Student Symposium was a success! The Symposium featured student posters (33 from Pharmacology Ph.D. Program students!), student talks, & Dr. Thomas Schwarz as the keynote speaker. A dinner reception followed the scientific events.

Pharmacologists dancing onstage.

An Original Musical Problem Based Yearning

The Pharmacology Dept. congratulates the WCMC Class of 2014 for their absolutely wonderful class play, presented on February 28, 2011, titled: "An Original Musical PROBLEM BASED YEARNING!" 

Irish Life Science 50

Dr. Nigel Mongan, Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Pharmacology, and Dr. Brian Kelly, Director of the Cornell Center of Technology, Enterprise, and Commercialization, were honored at the Irish Consulate in New York City on May 20th, 2010. They both received Irish Life Science Awards from the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese. The Irish Life Science 50 is a celebration of Irish Americans in the Life Science industry. All of the Honorees have two things in common-pride in...

Kurtis Haro

Kurtis Haro received a diversity fellowship award from NIH! Kurtis is a student in Dr. David Scheinberg's lab.

Ms. Kasia Marcinkiewicz

Ms. Kasia Marcinkiewicz has received an F31 Individual NRSA Predoctoral Fellowship from NIH(NIDCR)! She is doing her Ph.D. research in the lab of Dr. Lorraine Gudas.

Dr. Derek Tan

Dr. Derek Tan recently published a manuscript in the Journal Nature (2010 Feb 18;463(7283):906-12) titled: "Active site remodeling accompanies thioester bond formation in the SUMO E1".

Ms. Noel Chan: Pharmacology/Toxicology Fellowship

Ms. Noel Chan, a student in Dr. Levi's laboratory, was recently awarded a two year pre-doctoral fellowship in Pharmacology/Toxicology from the Pharmaceutical Manufacturer's Association for her project: “A novel proadrenergic effect of cardiac natriuretic peptides: inhibition by histamine H3-receptor activation”. 

Global Analysis of Transcriptional Regulation

Drs. Lee Kraus and Anthony Sauve's publication titled "Global Analysis of Transcriptional Regulation by Poly(ADP-ribose)Polymerase-1 and Poly(ADP-ribose)Glycohydrolase in MCF-7 Human Breast Cancer Cells" was selected as the Paper of the Week by the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Group at the State of the Science Workshop

Retinoids and Stem Cells in Regeneration

Dr. Lorraine Gudas gave a research talk on November 13, 2009, at the State of the Science Workshop: Regenerative Rehabilitation, held at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. The title of her talk was: “Retinoids and Stem Cells in Regeneration.” Other speakers included Dr. Ravi Bellamkonda, Deputy Director of Research, Georgia Institute of Technology; Dr. Alan Russell, Director, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine; and Major General George Weightman, currently Associate...

Dr. Samie R. Jaffrey

Congratulations to Dr. Samie R. Jaffrey, a recipient of an NIH 2009 Transformative R01 Award. Project title: "Novel Fluorescent Sensors for Simple, Sensitive, and Specific Protein Detection". This was a very competitive research award - only 42 were awarded throughout the USA. A press release from NIH occurred on September 24, 2009.

Cardiac muscle genes linked to thyroid hormone (TH) biosynthesis

Congratulations to Dr. Geoffrey Abbott and his research team, which included Kerry Purtell, a second year Pharmacology Program graduate student, for their publication in Nature Medicine (2009 Sep 20. [Epub ahead of print]) that linked "genes previously known to be essential to the coordinated, rhythmic electrical activity of cardiac muscle" -a healthy heartbeat- to thyroid hormone (TH) biosynthesis!

Vasundhra Kashyap: Journal of Biological Chemistry

Vasundhra Kashyap, a graduate student in the Pharmacology Program, is the first author on a publication that just came out online in the J. of Biological Chemistry. The title is: Epigenetic regulatory mechanisms distinguish retinoic acid mediated transcriptional responses in stem cells and fibroblasts. Kashyap V, Gudas LJ. J Biol Chem. 2010 May 7;285(19):14534-48.

The serotonin1A receptor gene as a genetic and prenatal maternal environmental factor in anxiety

Dr. Toth and his research team published paper titled: "The serotonin1A receptor gene as a genetic and prenatal maternal environmental factor in anxiety", in PNAS 2010 Apr 20;107(16):7592-7.

Graduate Student Travel Award

Noel Chan, a pharmacology graduate student in Dr. Levi's lab, has received a "Graduate Student Travel Award" to the ASPET annual meeting at Experimental Biology 2011 Meeting in Washington, DC .

Dr. Reidenberg: Torald Sollmann Award

Marcus M. Reidenberg, M.D., Professor of Pharmacology, Medicine, and Public Health at the Weill Cornell Medical College is a recipient of the 2011 Torald Sollmann Award. The award was established to commemorate the pioneering work in America of Dr. Torald Sollmann in the fields of pharmacological investigation and education. Dr. Reidenberg was selected for this award because of his outstanding and productive research career, his significant contributions to medicine utilizing education,...

Institute of Medicine Committee on Advancing Pain Research, Care and Education

Charles E. Inturrisi, Professor of Pharmacology, WCMC has been appointed to the Institute of Medicine Committee on Advancing Pain Research, Care, and Education. The Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health has requested that the IOM address the current state of the science with respect to pain research, care and education; and explore approaches to advance the field. This IOM committee was mandated by a provision of the National Pain Care Policy Act incorporated...

WHO Model List of Essential Medicines

The World Health Organization program on Essential Medicines improves the availability of medicines to people in many countries. Students, with the help and guidance of Dr. Marcus M. Reidenberg, prepared applications to add propofol and glucagon to the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines. They also sent in applications to revise the list of medicines for treatment of acetaminophen (Tylenol) poisoning and of heart failure. The students are: Daniel Agarwal, Dorothy Chyung, Brittany Carson,...

Pharmacology Ph.D. Program ranking

In a comprehensive study by the National Research Council Weill Cornell's Pharmacology PhD Program was rated in the top 10% in the USA in both the R (reputational factors) and the S (faculty surveys) rankings!

Drs. Arleen Rifkind and Anthony Sauve

Drs. Arleen Rifkind and Anthony Sauve have an interesting publication titled: "IDENTIFICATION OF THE ARYL HYDROCARBON RECEPTOR TARGET GENE TIPARP AS A MEDIATOR OF SUPPRESSION OF HEPATIC GLUCONEOGENESIS BY 2,3,7,8-TETRACHLORODIBENZO-p-DIOXIN AND OF NICOTINAMIDE AS A CORRECTIVE AGENT FOR THIS EFFECT". J Biol Chem. 2010 Sep 28. [Epub ahead of print]

Clinical pharmacology of opioids for pain

Dr. Charles Inturrisi's 2002 paper entitled "Clinical pharmacology of opioids for pain" was one of the ten most frequently cited articles ( #4) from 2001-2009 in the Clinical Journal of Pain.

Ms. Noel Chan

Ms. Noel Chan, a Pharmacology Ph.D. student in Dr. Levi's laboratory, is one of the authors on the recently published paper titled "Aldehyde Dehydrogenase Activation Prevents Reperfusion Arrhythmias by Inhibiting Local Renin Release From Cardiac Mast Cells," published in Circulation 2010;122:771-781.

International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (IUPHAR)

Dr. Marcus M. Reidenberg was one of the authors of the International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (IUPHAR) brochure, Clinical Pharmacology in Research, Teaching, and Health Care, published in Basic and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology 2010; 107: 531-559. It was presented to IUPHAR at WorldPharma 2010 on July 20. He was then a member of a small group of IUPHAR clinical pharmacologists who met with World Health Organization representatives to develop the process by which the...

Dr. Miklos Toth: Eureka Award

Congratulations to Dr. Miklos Toth, a recipient of an NIH EUREKA (Exceptional, Unconventional Research Enabling Knowledge Acceleration) Award for his research project entitled: "Non-Genetic Transmission of Genetic Risk: Mechanism and Relevance to Psychiatric Disorders."

Comparative Effectiveness of Interventions for Chronic Pain Management

Congratulations to Dr. Charles E. Inturris, a recipient of a two year RC2 award for a project entitled: "Comparative Effectiveness of Interventions for Chronic Pain Management". The project will prospectively and retrospectively examine the long-term outcomes of treatments for chronic cancer and non-cancer pain received by patients at the four local hospital-based outpatient Pain Clinics. Charles E. Inturrisi, Ph.D. Professor of Pharmacology, WCMC has received a two year RC2 award ($1.64...

Dr. Michael Cohen: Life Sciences Research Foundation

Dr. Michael Cohen has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the Life Sciences Research Foundation. Congratulations!

Glucose Restriction Inhibits Skeletal Myoblast Differentiation

Commencement 2008

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Congratulations to all of the graduates of Weill Cornell Medical College and Graduate School of Medical...

Teaching and Mentoring Award

Congratulations to Dr. Charles E. Inturrisi who received the first Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Award from the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences at the Graduate School Convocation on May 28, 2008.

Dr. Charles E. Inturrisi: President of the American Pain Society

Dr. Charles E. Inturrisi became the President of the American Pain Society at the annual scientific meeting on May 10, 2008, in Tampa, FL.

2008 Vincent du Vigneaud Symposium

The Pharmacology Graduate Program would like to commend all the Pharmacology graduate students who presented their work during the 2008 Vincent du Vigneaud Symposium. We would especially like to congratulate the following individuals who were awarded prizes for their presentations:

Lisa Placanica - du Vigneaud Award

M. Carrie Garceau - du Vigneaud Award

Judy Mesicek - Award of Excellence

Clare LeFave - Award of Excellence

Kymora...

2008 Pharmacology Program Retreat

During the 2008 Pharmacology Program Retreat, held at Skytop Lodge, Skytop, PA, Jeremy Paige and Vikram Kanda were awarded Best Poster prizes, while Best Talk prizes were awarded to Chad Shelton (1st place) and Eric Salazar (2nd place). Great work!

Dr. Geoffrey W. Abbott

Sebastian Shaffer

Congratulations to Sebastian Shaffer, who was awarded an American Psychological Association Diversity Program in Neuroscience Fellowship! This fellowship was awarded from a National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Training Grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

Tal Nuriel

Congratulations to Tal Nuriel, who received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institute on Aging!

World Health Organization Expert Committee

Dr. Marcus Reidenberg has been invited to serve on the next World Health Organization Expert Committee on the Selection and Use of Essential Medicines, March 23-27, 2009, at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland!

Educating the Public about Removal of Essential -Use Designation for Epinephrine

Dr. Reidenberg is one of three outside speakers invited by the FDA to speak at an FDA public workshop on Sept. 25, 2009. The workshop, "Educating the Public about Removal of Essential -Use Designation for Epinephrine" is to address anticipated consequences of the removal of the non-prescription asthma inhaler of epinephrine with no replacement by a non-prescription medication.

10th Annual Celebration of Teaching

Weill Cornell Medical College held its 10th Annual Celebration of Teaching at the Cornell Club on June 22, to honor 25 outstanding teachers and their contribution to the educational mission of the Medical College.

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Dr. Geoffrey Ling

Congratulations Dr. Geoffrey Ling, the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipient of 2009. On June 1st Dr. Ling gave a special seminar, which was followed by a reception for Pharmacology graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Dr. Ling is a 1982 Ph.D. Graduate of the Pharmacology Department. Currently, Dr. Ling is a Professor and Vice Chairman of the Neurology Department at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS).

Pathophysiological Basis of Mental Disorders and Addictions

Dr. Miklos Toth has accepted an invitation from the National Institutes of Health to serve as a member of the Pathophysiological Basis of Mental Disorders and Addictions Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, for the term beginning July 1, 2009, and ending June 30, 2013.

Dr. Reidenberg: South Africa

Dr. Marcus M. Reidenberg, working with Dr. Andrew Walubo of the University of Free State in South Africa, has completed a proposed curriculum for training physicians who wish to specialize in clinical pharmacology. This is part of an international collaborative effort between the International Union of Pharmacology and the World Health Organization to revise the...

Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

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Jan. 9, 2009 - Dr. Francis Lee (far left in photo), a psychiatrist and faculty member of the Pharmacology Graduate Program at Weill Cornell Medical Center, has received a commendation by...

Megan Ricard

Congratulations to Megan Ricard (Gudas Laboratory) who was awarded a Prostate Cancer Fellowship from the Department of Defense!

Group at the F-S Science Challenge.

F-S Science Challenge Initiative

A reception was held on October 21, 2008, at the Consulate of Ireland in Manhattan to celebrate the extension of the F-S Science Challenge Initiative student exchange program to Weill Cornell Medical College and Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Dr. Lorraine Gudas: Editorial Board

Dr. Lorraine Gudas has accepted an invitation to rejoin the Editorial Board of the Journal of Biological Chemistry for a second term!

Dr. Reidenberg: ASCPT

Dr. Marcus M. Reidenberg has been selected by the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASCPT) to receive the 2008 Oscar B. Hunter Memorial Award in Therapeutics. The Hunter Award honors individual scientists for outstanding lifetime contributions to clinical pharmacology and therapeutics.

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The Pharmacology of Sleep

April 23, 2013: The second Marcus M. Reidenberg Lecture was held on April 23, 2013. Dr. Anna Krieger, Director of the Center for Sleep Medicine at Weill Cornell, spoke on "The Pharmacology of Sleep." View lecture and reception photos

Science Magazine

September 28, 2012: Dr. Marcus Reidenberg had a Letter to the Editor focused on the importance of basic research for drug discovery published in Science on September 28, 2012. Read article in "Science"

Personalized NSAID Therapeutics Consortium

September 6, 2012: Dr. Timothy Hla is leading a prong of an interdisciplinary and inter-institutional research study from the Personalized NSAID Therapeutics Consortium. Dr. Hla will receive $709,800 over the course of five years to test in mouse models the role of COX-2 regulatory factors, such as the RNA binding protein HuR, in vascular function and the effects of pain killers (NSAIDs and COXibs).

External Advisory Board Member for the Vanderbilt Conte Center

September 4, 2012: Dr. Miklos Toth, was invited to serve as an External Advisory Board Member for the Vanderbilt Conte Center for 5 years. The research is titled: "Enduring Effects of Early Life Serotonin Signaling".

Dr. Miklos Toth

July 25, 2012: Dr. Miklos Toth, a faculty member in The Pharmacology Department, was an invited speaker in the Spring Meeting of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child held on June 18-20 in San Francisco. The Council is a multi-university collaboration designed to close the gap between the science of early childhood and early brain development and public decision-making on promoting physical and mental health for young children. Dr. Toth talked about current research in...

Cell Metabolism

June 6, 2012: The cover story of today's Cell Metabolism journal Dr. Anthony Sauve is a co-author on an exciting new publication in Cell Metabolism about the positive effects of nicotinamide riboside on obesity prevention and increasing muscle performance.

Researchers Reveal that RNA Modification Influences Thousands of Genes

May 17, 2012: "Researchers Reveal that RNA Modification Influences Thousands of Genes." Dr. Samie Jaffrey, Dr. Kate Meyer, and their colleagues report in the May 17, 2012 issue of CELL that messenger RNA (mRNA), long thought to be a simple blueprint for protein production, is often chemically modified by addition of a methyl group to one of its bases, adenine. "This finding rewrites fundamental concepts of the composition of mRNA because, for 50 years, no one thought mRNA contained...

Dr. Yannick Benoit (Gudas lab)

April 27, 2012: CONGRATULATIONS TO DR. YANNICK BENOIT! Dr. Yannick Benoit (Gudas lab) was awarded a two-year postdoctoral fellowship from the Quebec Health Research Fund (or FRSQ).

Postdoctoral Fellows Postdoctoral Research Day

April 10, 2012: Weill Cornell Postdoctoral Research Day! Weill Cornell Postdoctoral Fellows Postdoctoral research Day was a great success! View photos

Tool to Measure Metabolites in Living Cells

March 8, 2012: Weill Cornell Researchers Develop Powerful Tool to Measure Metabolites in Living Cells. Dr. Jaffrey comments on the article from his lab, published in the March 9 issue of Science. "The ability to see metabolites in action will offer us new and powerful clues into how they are altered in disease and help us find treatments that can restore their levels to normal."

Drs. Tan and Jaffrey

October 2, 2012: Congratulations to Drs. Tan and Jaffrey! Dr. Derek Tan and Dr. Samie Jaffrey have both been promoted to the rank of Professor! Congratulations to both Derek and Samie from the members of the Pharmacology Program.

Group during the Gary Matoren Lectureship

The First Gary Matoren Lectureship

November 6, 2012: The First Gary Matoren Lectureship Darrell R. Abernethy, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Director for Drug Safety in the office of Clinical Pharmacology at the Food...

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8th Annual Weill Cornell Postdoctoral Research Day

April 4, 2013: The 8th Annual Weill Cornell Postdoctoral Research Day was a huge success. The day featured a keynote address by Dr. Petsko, a pharma panel discussion, & a lively poster session. Pictured are organizers Dr. Kwame Osei-Sarfo (Gudas lab), Dr. Julia Detert (Hemmings lab), & Dr. Alison Urvalek (Gudas lab).

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ASBMB Capitol Hill Day

March 18, 2013: Pharmacology PhD student Joel Schrock participated in the ASBMB Capitol Hill Day on March 18, 2013. This event allows graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to meet with their Representatives in Congress to discuss the importance of biomedical research. Here is the group (Joel is 4th from left) with Congressman Holt, 12th district, NJ.

Marcus M. Reidenberg Award in Community Service

March 15, 2013: Established this year, the Marcus M. Reidenberg Award in Community Service will recognize one to two student groups or initiatives for their outstanding contribution to the community. While chairing the Faculty Advisory Board of the Weill Cornell Community Service Program, Dr. Reidenberg initiated the development of the Honors in Service Award by adding a scholarly component worthy of academic recognition to the service achievements of those students who made major...

Students performing on stage

WCMC Class of 2016

March 4, 2013: Congratulations to the WCMC Class of 2016 from the Pharmacology Dept. for their great class show: "How I met my cadaver!" 

Starr Cancer Consortium Grant

February 1, 2013: Dr. Minkui Luo just received a Starr Cancer Consortium Grant for the project "Oncogenic Mechanisms of Protein Methyltransferases SETDB1 and SUV39H1 in Melanoma." Co-investigators include Pharmacology Program faculty Dr. Steven Gross & Dr. Ari Melnick from Weill Cornell. Congratulations!

3rd Annual Research Retreat of WCMC-Qatar

January 15, 2013: Dr. Lorraine Gudas attended the 3rd Annual Research Retreat of WCMC-Qatar, held in Doha, Qatar, on January 12-13, 2013. Pictured:Dr. Mohammed Bin Hamad Bin J. AL-Thani, Director of Public Health, Supreme Council of Health, Qatar; Dr. Gudas; & Dr. Chris Triggle, Pharmacology WCMC-Qatar. 

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Alyssa Verano

December 15, 2012: Congratulations to Alyssa Verano, a PhD student in Dr. Derek Tan's lab, who was awarded a PhRMA predoctoral fellowship!

2012 Cold Spring Harbor Meeting

November 18, 2012: Dr. Samie Jaffrey delivered the keynote lecture at the 2012 Cold Spring Harbor Meeting on Translational Control in September, 2012. He was also recently appointed to the Editorial Board of Translation.

Dr. Reidenberg: FDA Committee

November 9, 2012: Dr. Marcus Reidenberg chaired a meeting for the FDA Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee at the FDA on Nov. 9, 2012.

Pharmacology Incomes

December 19, 2011: PHARMACOLOGY MAJORS AMONG MOST HIRED GRADUATES: The Wall Street Journal, using data from the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, has created an interactive tool where users can search for the average employment rate and median income of people who studied each major. Pharmacology is one of at least six fields of study whose graduates are virtually 100 percent employed right now.

Dr. Szeto Luncheon

December 16, 2011: CELEBRATION IN HONOR OF DR. HAZEL SZETO: A luncheon was held in celebration of Dr. Hazel Szetos' scientific achievements and a generous gift for her laboratory research program in mitochondrial therapeutics from Stealth Peptides, International. Dean Antonio Gotto led the event; other speakers included Larry Schafer, Vice Provost for Development; Dr. Lorraine Gudas, Chairman of the Pharmacology Dept.; Travis Wilson, CEO, Stealth Peptides; and Dr. Gerald Chan, Co-Founder,...

Dr. Reidenberg: Torald Sollmann Lecture

April 26, 2011: Dr. Marcus Reidenberg gives a reprise of hisASPET 2011 Torald Sollmann Award Lecture "Cardiovascular Drug Discontinuation Effects" in the Pharmacology Department seminar series.

Dr. Gudas on Executive Council of AMSPC

April 25, 2011: Dr. Lorraine Gudas was just elected to the Executive Council of AMSPC, The Association of Medical School Pharmacology Chairs. This is the professional organization of current and former Chairs of Medical School Pharmacology Departments in the USA and Canada.

Dr. Geoffrey Abbott

April 4, 2011: Congratulations to Dr. Geoffrey Abbott, who was elected to tenure in the Department of Pharmacology and was promoted to Professor of Pharmacology, effective April 1, 2011.

Pharmacology faculty members standing with Qatar colleagues.

WCMC-Qatar Trip

The WCMC basic science department chairs visited WCMC-Qatar in mid-March, 2011, to increase scientific collaborations and teaching interactions.

Dr. Gudas standing with colleague from Qatar.

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Brittany Carson

March 29, 2011: Congratulations to Pharmacology Ph.D. Student Brittany Carson on her recent publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, titled: "Feature Article: An RNAi-based chemical genetic screen identifies three small-molecule inhibitors of the Wnt/wingless signaling pathway". Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 Mar 10. [Epub ahead of print]

FDA Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee

March 25, 2011: Dr. Marcus Reidenberg was recently appointed to the FDA Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee.

Nicole Ramsey

March 22, 2011: Congratulations are in order for Nicole Ramsey, an MD/PhD student with Drs. Levin and Buck, who was just awarded the 2011 UNCF/Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowship.

Dr. Steven Gross

Dr. Steve Gross

March 1, 2011 The Pharmacology faculty toast Dr. Steve Gross, whose MERIT research award was renewed by the NHLBI this month. 

Dr. Michael Cohen: OHSU

May 2, 2011: Dr. Michael Cohen, a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Jaffrey's lab, has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU). Congratulations, Michael!

Lee Family Scholarship

May 9, 2011: Vasundhra Kashyap, who just finished her Ph.D. research with Dr. Gudas, has been awarded the Lee Family Scholarship, a full-tuition scholarship for the Johnson School of Management portion of the Accelerated 12 Month MBA program at Cornell University.

Dr. Kate Meyer

June 1, 2011: Congratulations to Dr. Kate Meyer (Jaffrey lab) for her success in obtaining an NIH F32 individual postdoctoral fellowship! The title of her proposal is : "Dynamic regulation of N6-methyladenosine sites in neuronal RNAs."

Researchers from the Pharmacology and Dermatology Depts.

November 21, 2011: "Researchers from the Pharmacology and Dermatology Depts. have developed a new technique that is greater than 90% sensitive in identifying melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer." This research was performed by one of our former MD/PhD students, Dr. Jonathan Zippin, now a faculty member in Dermatology; Pharmacology faculty members Dr. Lonny Levin and Dr. Jochen Buck; and Dr. Cynthia Magro in the Dermatology Dept.

Yana Cen

October 28, 2011: Yana Cen, a talented postdoc in the Sauve laboratory, has been awarded a Keystone Symposia scholarship to attend the Keystone meeting on "Sirtuins in Metabolism, Aging and Disease" to present her abstract: "Transition States of ADP-Ribosylation Catalyzed by Plasmodium falciparum and Archeaglobus fulgidus Sirtuins" Congratulations to Dr. Cen!

Faculty of 1000

The article RNA mimics of green fluorescent protein. Paige JS, Wu KY, Jaffrey SR. Science. 2011 Jul 29; 333(6042):642-6 has been ranked by the Faculty of 1000 in the "All time top 10 list" (12 years worth of paper rankings) for biomedical research in the categories "All" and "Biology." The article is also #2 on the all time top 10 list in the Pharmacology subdiscipline. See the full list

29th Annual Women's Health Symposium Luncheon

On Thursday, October 6, 2011, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center hosted its 29th Annual Women's Health Symposium Luncheon titled "Medication: Helping or Harming?" with leading medical specialists Lorraine J. Gudas, Ph.D and Mark S. Lachs, M.D. The 2011 Symposium, moderated by Dr. Herbert Pardes, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian, featured presentations and a panel discussion on medicine, "How Do You Know If a Medicine Works?" by Dr. Gudas, and "Is Medicine Helping or...

Dr. Alison Urvalek

September 6, 2011: Dr. Alison Urvalek, a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Lorraine Gudas, received an NRSA fellowship from the NIAAA. Congratulations!"

Ms. Jessica Falco

August 29, 2011: Ms. Jessica Falco, a Ph.D. student in Dr. Anthony Sauve's lab, will present a seminar on her research titled: "Mechanism-based Affinity Capture of Sirtuin Enzymes" at Stonehill College on Friday, September 2, as part of their Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar Series.

Dr. Samie Jaffrey on "All Things Considered"

July 28, 2011: Dr. Samie Jaffrey was featured on the science section of "All things considered" of the NPR news on Thursday, July 28. See full press release

Kerry Purtell

June 23, 2011: Kerry Purtell, a pharmacology graduate student in Dr. Abbott's lab, won a Travel Award for her poster at the FASEB Ion Channel Regulation Summer Research Conference in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, June 2011. Her poster described use of positron emission tomography to elucidate the mechanism of impaired thyroid hormone biosynthesis in Kcne2 -/- mice.

March 21, 2018

Jeanne Farrell, who received her Ph.D. in our Weill Cornell Pharmacology Program (advisors Drs. Buck and Levin), was just promoted to the position of Associate Vice President, Office of Technology Transfer, The Rockefeller University. Congratulations, Jeanne!!

Dr. Gudas and others at a holiday party.

December 2017

Lorraine Gudas connected with Sara DiNapoli, Julia Silveira, & Emily Mercer at a holiday party! Emily (Ph.D. awarded last year in Pharmacology) is now working at the healthcare company IQVIA in NYC.

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