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Students Highlights

  • July 2021. We congratulate Ph.D. student Naifeng Liu who has been selected to work as an intern this summer at Sumitovant Biopharma, studying the molecular mechanisms involved in cancer development through organizing scientific articles using the Hallmarks of Cancer (HoC) framework. In his internship, he will help implement and improve the current state-of-the-art framework ‘BLURB’ proposed by Microsoft on the HoC task using text mining and NLP techniques, with the goal of classifying scientific abstracts and sentences into corresponding HoC classes.
  • June 2021. BCCC-CURE congratulates Marek Wlodarczyk, Ph.D. who successfully defended his doctoral thesis entitled “Enhanced Platinum(II) drug delivery for anti-cancer therapy”.  Wlodarczyk carried out his Ph.D. studies at the CUNY Graduate Center with Brooklyn College Professor Aneta Mieszawska.
  • June 2021. BCCC-CURE congratulates Mina Poursharifi, Ph.D. who successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis entitled “Synthesis, characterization and applications of peptide-coated nanoparticles.” Dr. Poursharifi carried out her Ph.D. studies at the CUNY Graduate Center with Brooklyn College Professor Aneta Mieszawska.
  • June 2021. BCCC-CURE congratulates Dorjana Lika who successfully defended her Masters thesis titled “Ampicillin-Gold(I) complexes as antimicrobial agents.” Ms. Lika has been carrying out her masters studies at Brooklyn College with Professor Maria Contel
  • June 2021. BCCC-CURE congratulates Sarah Belh, Ph.D.who successfully defended her doctoral dissertation entitled “Reactive Oxygen Intermediates: Self-sorting Surface Radicals and ‘On-Off’ Sensitizer Function Mechanisms.” Dr. Belh carried out her Ph.D. studies at the CUNY Graduate Center with Brooklyn College Professor Alexander Greer.
  • June 2021.  We congratulate the following students who were selected for the Stacey and Michael Garil Summer Internship Program.  These students receive a stipend to support their cancer-related research for Summer 2021 and participate in professional development events. Fatema Alam (Schvarzstein Lab), Meriem Guttatfi (Lipke Lab), Aiman Hafeez (Contel Lab), Ariha Hamid (Schvarzstein Lab), and Mitchell Porsche (Carmichael and Staniczenko Labs).
  • May 2021. We congratulate doctoral students Javier Lopez-Hernandez (Contel Lab) and Rachele Rameau (Hubbard Lab CCNY/Contel Lab) who have been selected for the Scientists Mentoring and Diversity Program (SMDP) Biotech by the International Center for Professional Development. With this program they will receive: one-year personalized career mentoring & guidance, Conference accommodations, meals and conference registration, Registration for a major industry conference, up to $350 in travel reimbursement, membership to an online career-oriented portal, and networking & career opportunities with major Biotech and Pharma companies.
  • April 2021. Congratulations to doctoral student Naz Nayeem (Contel Lab) on the publication of her first article “Exploring the Potential of Metallodrugs as Chemotherapeutics for Triple Negative Breast Cancer” in Chemistry A European Journal.
  • April 2021. BCCC-CURE congratulates undergraduate student Jacob Arevalo (Contel Lab) who got a summer fellowship at the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras thanks to the NSF REU-PR CLIMB program (grant 2050493). Jacob will spend two months doing research in person and attending seminars and workshops both in person and virtually during the summer.
  • April 2021. BCCC-CURE congratulates doctoral students Yaron Marciano (Chemistry) and Afruja Ahad (Biology) who won one of the two prizes for a short talk presentation (Yaron) and a mention for a poster (Afruya) at the VII Latin-American Meeting on Biological Inorganic Chemistry.
  • March 2021. BCCC-CURE congratulates Lauren Bejcek who successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis titled “Mechanistic and Synthetic Studies of Oxidopyrylium Cycloaddition Reactions”. Dr. Bejcek has been carrying out her PhD studies at Brooklyn College with Professor Ryan Murelli for the last 4 years and will be starting a position next month as a medicinal chemist at PTC Therapeutics in nearby South Plainfield, NJ.
  • March 2021. BCCC-CURE congratulates undergraduate student Roberto DeGregorio (Contel Lab) who is the recipient of one of the 2021 summer internships at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (Molecular Imaging Summer Program). Roberto will receive $6000 as a stipend to attend this prestigious 10-week summer research program.
  • February 2021. BCCC-CURE congratulates former undergraduate student Kirill Miachin (Contel Lab) who has been accepted to join the Washington University School of Medicine Medical Scientist Training (MD/PhD) Program.
  • February 2021. BCCC-CURE congratulates current and former undergraduate students Arefa Yeasmin and Mike A. Cornejo (Contel Lab) who will join the PhD program in Chemistry and Chemical Biology (at Rutgers University) and the PhD program in Chemistry (at the Graduate Center of CUNY) respectively.
  • February 2021. BCCC-CURE congratulates CUNY Graduate Center PhD Student Daniel Schiavone and recent Brooklyn College graduate Diana Kapkayeva in the (Murelli Lab) on their recent publication in Journal of Organic Chemistry. Their manuscript describes the scopes and limitations of intermolecular oxidopyrylium cycloaddition chemistry when using stoichiometrically equivalent ratios of the cycloaddition partners, and includes some really complex 2:1 complexes which form with high regio- and stereoselectivity. You can read about it here.
  • September 2020. The BCCC-CURE congratulates Undergraduate students Mommina Ashaque and Michael Zatoulovski (Greer Lab) who co-authored a book chapter titled “Photooxidative Vulnerability to Intralipid in Photodynamic Therapy”, in collaboration with colleagues in the Department of Radiation Oncology in the University of Pennsylvania.
  • June 2020. Congratulations to Doctoral student Afruja Ahad (Contel Lab) from the Biology PhD Program, who has been awarded a Tow Fellowship as Graduate Fellow to work jointly at the Center for Molecular Imaging and Nanotechnology (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Prof. Jason Lewis laboratory) and the laboratory of Prof. Maria Contel (BCCC-CURE, Brooklyn College). Afruja will work on a project to develop targeted therapies for breast cancer consisting on antibody drug conjugates and antibody-based nanocarriers.
  • April 2020. The BCCC-CURE congratulates graduate student Lauren Bejcek (Murelli Lab), recipient of the Dissertation-Year Fellowship from the CUNY Graduate Center! The award will provide $25,000 to help support her in her final year of thesis study.