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Students Highlights

  • 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.