Current Clinical Scholars
Dana Bielpolski, MD, PhD
Mentors: Rhonda Kost, MD & Jonathan Tobin, PhD
Lab: Clinical Research Office
Research Interest: Dr. Bielopolski’s research focuses on characterizing the mechanisms by which nutritional interventions impact blood pressure.
Current Research Project Title: Translational characterization of blood pressure changes following the Dash Diet– from nutrition through electrolytes to exosomes.
Bio: Dr. Dana Bielopolski received her MD and PhD from the Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University in Israel. She completed her internal medicine residency and nephrology fellowship at the Rabin Medical Center in Israel.
Yelina Alvarez, MD, PhD
Mentors: Daniel Mucida, PhD
Lab: Laboratory of Mucosal Immunology
Research Interest: Dr. Yelina Alvarez’ research interest is understanding the interaction between enteric neurons and the mucosal immune system.
Current Research Project Title: Neuro-Immune Interactions in the Gut.
Bio: Dr. Alvarez received her MD and PhD from New York University School of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency at New York University School of Medicine. As a Clinical Scholar, Dr. Alvarez is studying the neuro-immune interactions in the gut by employing animal models and human mucosal tissues.
Ohad Bentur, MD, MHA
Mentor: Barry Coller, MD
Lab: Allen and Frances Adler Laboratory of Blood and Vascular Biology
Research Interest: Dr. Ohad Bentur’s Current research interests include thrombosis and hemostasis, with a focus on development of novel platelet antagonists and platelet monitoring assays. His experience with translational medicine and drug development steered his research activity during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic to development of inhaled therapy for COVID-19.
Current Research Protocol Title: Identification of genetic modifiers that ameliorate the clinical severity of patients with hemophilia
Bio: Dr. Ohad S. Bentur received his MD from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Israel and his MHA from the Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. He completed his internal medicine residency and hematology fellowship at the Tel Aviv Medical Center, Israel, and was also a staff physician at Physicians for Human Rights – Israel. Dr. Bentur is Co-Chief of the Rockefeller University Clinical Scholars Program.
Charlie Buffie, MD, PHD
Mentor: Sean Brady, PhD
Lab: Laboratory of Genetically Encoded Small Molecules
Research Interest: Dr. Buffie’s research focuses on metagenomic analyses of bioactive metabolites produced by native intestinal bacteria.
Current Research Protocol Title: Analysis of bacteria and their metabolites in human biological samples.
Bio: Dr. Buffie received his MD and PhD from Cornell University in the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at NewYork-Presbyterian, Weill Cornell Medical Center in the Medical Research Track, where he is currently a fellow in the division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology.
Christian Gaebler, MD
Mentor: Michel Nussenzweig, MD, PhD
Lab: Laboratory of Molecular Immunology
Research Interest: Dr. Christian Gaebler’s current research focuses on the characterization of the HIV-1 latent reservoir as well as the humoral immune response to SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Current Research Protocol Title: Characterization of the intact HIV-1 latent reservoir by Real-Time PCR
Bio: Dr. Christian Gaebler received his MD and completed his internal medicine and infectious disease residency from the Charité-Universitaetsmedizin, Germany. As a Clinical Scholar, Dr. Gaebler is studying broadly neutralizing antibodies to HIV-1. Such anti-HIV-1 antibodies have been shown to effectively control virus replication in animal model systems and in human antibody treatment studies. His current research focuses on the characterization of the HIV-1 latent reservoir as well as the humoral immune response to SARS-CoV-2 infection. Dr. Gaebler is Co-Chief of the Rockefeller University Clinical Scholars Program.
Katherine Knorr, MD, PhD
Mentor: Jeffrey Ravetch, MD, PhD
Lab: Leonard Wagner Laboratory of Molecular genetics and Immunology
Research Interest: Dr. Katherine Knorr’s research interests are studying mechanisms of myeloid disease biology and developing novel therapeutic approaches.
Current Research Protocol Title: Defining Expression of Novel Acute Myeloid Leukemia Marker U5 snRNP200
Bio: Dr. Knorr received her MD and PhD from Mayo Clinical College of Medicine and Science. She completed her internal medicine residency at Weill Cornell Medical Center – New York Presbyterian Hospital. She is a Hematology/Oncology Fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer. As a Clinical Scholar, Dr. Knorr will be defining patterns of aberrant spliceosome protein U5 snRNP200 expression on the survace of malignant myeloid cells. Expression of this protein has been demonstrated to correlate with durable responses after allogeneic stem cell transplant in acute myeloid leukemia patients. The proposed mechanism of response involves formation of antibodies against the U5 snRNP200 protein. Dr. Knorr is also working to develop an antibody targeting U5 snRNP200.
Rochelle Maxwell, MD
Research Interest: Dr. Rochelle Maxwell’s research interest is in gene mutations in the Fanconi Anemia pathway, and their contribution to oncogenesis.
Current Research Project Title: Derivation and Characterization of Keratinocytes in Healthy Volunteers
Bio: Dr. Rochelle Maxwell received her MD from the Columbia University College of Physician and Surgeons, New York. She completed her pediatric residency and her pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center. As a Clinical Scholar, Dr. Maxwell will study genetic factors that increase susceptibility to both oncogenesis and cancer treatment-related toxicities. Her specific research interest is identifying the functional mechanism by which alternations in genes causing Fanconi anemia increase the risk of developing malignancies.
Rachel Niec, MD, PhD
Mentor: Elaine Fuchs, PhD
Lab: Robin Chemers Neustein Laboratory of Mammalian Cell Biology and Development
Research Interest: Dr. Niec’s research focuses on understanding how immune homeostasis is achieved at barrier surfaces, including in the intestinal tract and skin; specifically how immune cells, epithelial cells, and other tissue resident cells interact throughout development and during inflammation to set appropriate thresholds for immune reactivity and maintain homeostasis in these tissues.
Current Research Project Title: Exploring regulators of the intestinal stem cell niche
Bio: Dr. Rachel Niec received her MD and PhD from the Cornell Medical College and Tri-Institutional MD PhD Program. She completed her internal medicine residency research track at Weill Cornell Medical College. She is in her gastroenterology fellowship at Weill Cornell Medical College/New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Mira Patel, MD
Mentor: Sohail Tavazoie, MD, PhD
Lab: Elizabeth and Vincent Meyer Laboratory of Systems Cancer Biology
Research Interest: Dr. Mira Patel’s research interest is the role of immunosurveillance in mechanisms of cancer progression and metastasis, particularly as it relates to germline genetic variants that may predispose to metastatic disease.
Current Research Project Title: The Impact of Apolipoprotein E (APOE) Genotype on Lung Cancer Progression
Bio: Dr. Patel received her MD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed her surgical internship at Washington University in St. Louis-Barnes Jewish Hospital. She is a resident in the Radiation Oncology Residency at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. As a Clinical Scholar, Dr. Patel will study the differential effects of human ApoE variants on anti-tumor and anti-pathogen immune responses.
Kareem Rashid Rumah, MD, PhD
Mentor: Vincent Fischetti, PhD
Lab: Laboratory of Bacterial Pathogenesis and Immunology
Research Interest: Dr. Rashid Rumah’s research interests are molecules originating in the gut that can enter the bloodstream, and their possible effects on brain function.
Current Research Project Titles: Clostridium perfringens enterotoxin and Rotaviral gastroenteritis as novel candidate triggers for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Identifying the Initial Triggers of Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Bio: Dr. Rumah received his MD from Weill Cornell Medical College and his PhD from Rockefeller University. Dr. Rumah did his postdoctoral work in the Laboratory of Bacterial Pathogenesis and Immunology at Rockefeller University. As a Clinical Scholar, Dr. Rumah is focused on how”gut-brain axis” may play a pathogenic role in neurological diseases of unknown origin. Multiple sclerosis (MS) and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) are two mysterious diseases that may benefit from a closer look at the gut-brain axis and its associated microbiome.
Ying Wang, MD, PhD
Mentor: Kivanç Birsoy, PhD
Lab: Laboratory of Metabolic Regulation and Genetics
Research Interest: Dr. Ying Wang’s research focuses on how mitochondrial dysfunction affects the cellular metabolism and behavior of cancer cell immunity, including cancer progression and metastasis.
Current Research Protocol Title: Mitochondrial DNA Mutation and Heteroplasmy in Human Thyroid Cancer
Bio: Dr. Ying Wang received her Bachelor of Medicine from Fudan University Shanghai Medical College, People’s Republic of China and PhD from Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She trained in internal medicine at Fudan University Affiliated Zhongshan Hospital, Shanghai. As a Clinical Scholar, Dr. Yang will focus on how mitochondrial dysfunction affects the cellular metabolism and behavior of cancer cell immunity, including cancer progression and metastasis.
Yael Renert-Yuval, MD
Mentor: James G. Krueger, MD, PhD
Lab: Laboratory of Investigative Dermatology
Research Interest: Dr. Renert-Yuval joined the laboratory for investigative dermatology to improve the understanding and, subsequently, the treatment options for patients with inflammatory skin diseases. Her research focuses on the immune dysregulation of common skin diseases, including hidradenitis suppurativa, alopecia areata, atopic dermatitis, and psoriasis.
Current Research Project Title: A Pilot Study of Safety and Biomarkers of Ustekinumab for Cicatricial Alopecia.
Bio: Dr. Yael Renert-Yuval received her MD and completed her dermatology residency from the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical School in Israel, and spent a year as a research fellow at the Laboratory for Inflammatory Skin Diseases at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.
Jeffrey Wong, MD, PhD
Mentor: Jeffrey V. Ravetch, MD, PhD
Lab: Leonard Wagner Laboratory of Molecular genetics and Immunology
Research Interest: Dr. Wong’s research focuses on understanding antibody immunobiology and applying this knowledge to the development of more effective anti-cancer therapeutic antibodies.
Current Research Project Title: Analysis of the immune contexture in human bladder cancer.
Bio: Dr. Wong received his MD and PhD in Immunology from the University of Pittsburgh. He completed his internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He is currently completing a fellowship in medical oncology at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center with a special focus on genitourinary malignancies.