Alumni News

November 15, 2023

Great news! Congratulations go out to Dr. Kymora Scotland, who did her PhD research in Dr. Lorraine Gudas' lab in the Pharmacology PhD Program.  For more, click here to read more...

Kymora Scotland MD-PHD

July 20, 2023

Weill Cornell, together with Cornell University and nine other U.S. institutions, is a founding member of the Coalition for Next Generation Life Science (CNGLS) in effort to track Trainee Statistics and Outcomes.  
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June 29, 2023

Dr. Juliana Xu, who received her PhD with Dr. Gudas in 2004, stopped by the lab for a quick visit on June 29th with her son, Winston. Juliana works for Bayer in Beijing, China. She is in charge of international research collaborations for Bayer!

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November 4, 2021

Dr. Shira Yomtoubian is now a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Shaw's lab at the Salk Institute.  She came back to Weill Cornell for a brief visit while she was learning a technique for her project at Cold Spring Harbor.

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March 16, 2021

Dr. Sindy Escobar Alvarez is the new Program Director for Medical Research at The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. She is a graduate of our Pharmacology Department, through which she is trained at the Sloan Kettering Institute of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. To read more, click here.


January 20, 2021

Dr. Ann Gregus is now an assistant professor in the Neuroscience Program at Virginia Tech. She received her PhD from our Pharmacology Program in 2008, and her mentor was Dr. Chuck Inturrisi.  She also was just awarded her first R01 grant from NIH.


November 3, 2020

Dr. Andrea Basso, currently an Associate Principal Scientist at Merck & former PhD student in Dr. Neal Rosen's lab, will be part of a WCGS Alumni Panel Discussion on 11/12 hosted by Dean Hempstead.  The panel,  "What's the Big Idea? From Biomarkers to Business Launch", will be held on Thursday, November 12, 2020 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 p.m. To register click here.

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September 11, 2020

Dr. Lisa Placanica, a former student from Dr. Yueming Li's lab, has been appointed Senior Managing Director with the Center for Technology Licensing at Cornell University.  Dr. Placanica will direct WCM’s Center for Technology Licensing office and the institution’s technology licensing efforts.

lisa placanica phd, pharmacology

July 14, 2020

Dr. Alyssa Verano, a former PhD student with Dr. Derek Tan, will be starting at AstraZeneca as a Senior Scientist in oncology chemistry in September.

Derek Tan Lab

March 3, 2020

Tony Davis, Pharmacology PhD '14, a former PhD student in Dr. Derek Tan's lab, has taken a faculty position at SUNY-Binghamton. Congratulations, Tony!

Tony Davis - Derek Tan

June 22, 2019

Gianina Panaghie Meltzer, Pharmacology PhD '06, a former PhD student in Dr. Abbott's lab, is an Associate Director for global regulatory strategy at Bristol Meyers Squibb.

Gianina Panaghie Meltzer

Iva Dincheva, Pharmacology PhD '14, a former PhD student in Dr. Francis Lee's lab,is a full-time technical specialist in the intellectual property department at WilmerHale. This fall, she will begin Fordham Law School to become an intellectual property lawyer.

Iva Dincheva

Matthew Sung, Pharmacology PhD '14, a former PhD student in Dr. Giannankakou's lab,is a principal scientist in oncology R&D at Pfizer.

Matthew Sung

June 7, 2019

Dr. Dou Yeon Youn, a former PhD student with Dr. Sauve, has a lovely paper out in the Journal of Biological Chemistry about the Mediator complex and its dysregulation in obesity from her postdoc in Dr. Pessin’s lab at Albert Einstein. click here to read more

Dou Yeon Youn

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!!

Jeanne Farrell, PhD  New York

December 2017

Lorraine Gudas connected with Sara DiNapoliJulia 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.

Dr. Gudas and others at a holiday party.

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


People standing in snow during sunset.

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

May 13, 2016: Dr. Jian Shen, who received his PhD 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. Jian and Dr. Gudas

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.

September 27, 2015: News about Dr. Joel Schrock (2014).

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