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Young Physician-Scientist Award—The American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) has awarded a 2020 Young Physician-Scientist Award to Dr. Niraj Shenoy. Toward supporting the scientific efforts, educational needs, and clinical aspirations of physician-scientists to improve health, the ASCI recognizes individuals who are early in their first faculty appointment and have made notable achievements in their research. As a principal investigator, Dr. Shenoy’s research interests range from the most basic—interactions between driver pathways, epigenomics (DNA methylation), metabolism, and immune evasion—to early-phase cancer clinical trials. He has been first or senior author on 26 peer-reviewed articles (several in high-impact journals) and has presented his work at many national and international meetings. His knowledge and skills inform his practice as an attending physician in medical oncology at Montefiore. Dr. Shenoy is assistant professor of medicine at Einstein and clinical oncologist in genitourinary malignancies at Montefiore, with a focus on kidney cancer.

Thursday, January 14, 2021
 

Body Double—When a car ages and starts to break down, to keep it running we often buy replacement parts. Could this be a model for human longevity? Yes, suggests neuroscientist Dr. Jean Hébert in his new e-book, Replacing Aging, published by Science Unbound. Dr. Hébert takes a close look at the lab-grown organs and prosthetics/bionics that could make it happen. The book expands on a blog he wrote for Einstein’s The Doctor’s Tablet. Dr Hébert is professor in the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience and of genetics

Thursday, December 17, 2020
 

A Big "PLOS" for Journal—John Greally, Ph.D., D.Med., was appointed editor of the epigenetics section of PLOS Genetics. The peer-reviewed, open-access journal publishes studies providing insights into the biological process that governs heredity of traits in humans, as well as in model organisms—from mice and flies, to plants and bacteria. Epigenetics, which examines changes in an individual or organism that do not involve alterations in the DNA sequence, is among the areas of focus covered in the journal. Dr. Greally has previously served on the journal’s editorial board. His lab uses genomic techniques to understand the onset of human disease, specifically focusing on cellular epigenetic models of reprogramming. He is currently writing a textbook, Epigenetics: History, Mechanism and Disease. Dr. Greally is professor of genetics, of medicine and of pediatrics, and director of the Center for Epigenomics, at Einstein. He also is a clinical geneticist at Montefiore.

Monday, October 05, 2020
 

Under 30 Scholar—Ashley Scott was recognized as a 2019 Forbes Under 30 Scholar. The renowned scholarship program awards a diverse group of college students and recent graduates under age 30 an exclusive pass to attend the company’s flagship Under 30 Summit, which was hosted by Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans this past October in Detroit, MI. Each year, Forbes selects 1,000 students from across the country to participate in its four-day event, designed to bring together young entrepreneurs and leaders in business, technology, and innovation. Ashley’s efforts, partnering with IBM, Brainstorm, and a local, non-profit NYC chapter of Women in Data, to increase diversity and educate women on careers in computer science earned her the honor. She recently completed her Master’s in business administration at Mercy College, in managerial analytics, and is now a data analyst at Einstein, in the office of medical education. She represented Einstein, which was recognized by Forbes last year as one of the best midsize employers in the nation.

Monday, October 05, 2020
 

Cutting Edge Competition—A recent review article, “Emerging Mechanisms of Cell Competition,” by Nicholas Baker, Ph.D., published in the August 24, 2020 issue of Nature Review Genetics, offers compelling connections from research that will interest those in a range of scientific disciplines. Dr. Baker’s review describes many examples where active competition occurs between cells that differ genetically or otherwise, with the effect of eliminating one cell population from the tissue. He describes research involving the underlying mechanisms of cell competition and how knowledge gained from such studies may be important in cancer, birth defects, and age-related diseases. Dr. Baker also notes that researchers can exploit cell competition to advance tissue replacement in regenerative medicine. A professor of genetics, of developmental & molecular biology, and of ophthalmology & visual sciences, as well as director of molecular genetics, Dr. Baker holds the Harold and Muriel Block Chair in Genetics.

Thursday, October 01, 2020
 

Scholarly Support—Haiying Cheng M.D., Ph.D., has received a research grant from the American Cancer Society (ACS), which is the largest private, not-for-profit source of cancer research funds in the United States. Since 1946, the ACS has primarily funded early career investigators exploring cutting-edge ideas. The award given to Dr. Cheng supports her studies focused on metastatic lung cancer, in particular how the RICTOR gene—which plays important roles in both the onset of cancer and in its progression—may offer a new target for combatting lung cancer’s spread. The aim of the research is to determine whether the gene can provide novel treatment strategies that may increase survival for lung cancer patients. Dr. Cheng’s project was one of just a dozen that were highlighted among 73 ACS grants given this year. She is associate professor of clinical medicine at Einstein and an attending physician in medicine at Montefiore.

Monday, July 13, 2020
 

Under 30 Scholar—Ashley Scott was recognized as a 2019 Forbes Under 30 Scholar. The renowned scholarship program awards a diverse group of college students and recent graduates under age 30 an exclusive pass to attend the company’s flagship Under 30 Summit, which was hosted by Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans this past October in Detroit, MI. Each year, Forbes selects 1,000 students from across the country to participate in its four-day event, designed to bring together young entrepreneurs and leaders in business, technology, and innovation. Ashley’s efforts, partnering with IBM, Brainstorm, and a local, non-profit NYC chapter of Women in Data, to increase diversity and educate women on careers in computer science earned her the honor. She recently completed her Master’s in business administration at Mercy College, in managerial analytics, and is now a data analyst at Einstein, in the office of medical education. She represented Einstein, which was recognized by Forbes last year as one of the best midsize employers in the nation.

Friday, February 21, 2020
 

Supporting Metastatic Cancer Research—While metastatic, or stage IV, breast cancer occurs in approximately 30 percent of breast cancer patients and its spread to other parts of the body accounts for 98 percent of deaths from the disease, only 2 to 5 percent of breast cancer research funding is allocated to stage IV cancer research. To address this, the non-profit organization METAvivor Research and Support Inc. dedicates funding specifically to metastatic breast cancer investigations. The organization recently granted its 2019 New York Fashion Week Presents, in Honor of Chiara D’Agostino, Award to Lucia Borriello, Ph.D., for her research "Targeting the Mechanism of Re-Dissemination and Metastasis in Stage IV Breast Cancer." This award is part of METAvivor’s Early Career Investigator Award program, which seeks to provide funding to early career metastatic breast cancer researchers. Dr. Boriello’s award was one of 32 METAvivor honorees this year. She is a postdoc in the laboratory of Dr. John Condeelis, who is professor and co-chair of anatomy & structural biology, co-director of the Gruss-Lipper Biophotonics Center and of the Integrated Imaging Program, scientific director of the Analytical Imaging Facility, and director of the Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis Program of the Albert Einstein Cancer Center. He also holds the Judith and Burton P. Resnick Chair in Translational Research. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
 

Administrative Achievement—The Society of Research Administrators International recognized the expertise of Dhanonjoy Saha, Ph.D., in research management and administration by appointing him SRA International Distinguished Faculty. This honor designates exemplary professionals in the field who can serve as mentors to SRA International members and colleagues. Dr. Saha is director of the office of grant support and research professor of medicine.

Thursday, January 02, 2020
 

Doctor of Distinction—During Westfair Business Journal’s annual Doctors of Distinction ceremony, Diego Camacho, M.D., received the “No Land Too Far” Award, recognizing his time and efforts offering care abroad, in developing nations with large populations needing medical assistance. Dr. Camacho is associate professor of surgery at Einstein. He is also director of minimally invasive and laparoscopic general surgery and director of the surgery fellowship program at Montefiore.

Thursday, September 12, 2019
 
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