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Current Clinical Scholars

Tobias Becher

Tobias Becher, MD

Mentor: Paul Cohen, MD, PhD
Lab: Laboratory of Molecular Metabolism
Email: tbecher@rockefeller.edu

Research Interest: Dr. Tobias Becher’s research interest is metabolic disorders and adipocyte biology.

Current Research Project Title: Genetic Determinants of Brown Adipose Tissue Activity

Bio: Dr. Becher received his MD from the Friedrich-Wilhelms University Bonn, Germany. He completed his internal medicine residency and invasive cardiology and intensive care medicine fellowship at the University Medical Center Mannheim, Germany. As a Clinical Scholar, Dr. Becher is studying the genetic factors that influence brown fat activity in adults.

 

Dana Bielpolski, MD, PhD

Dana Bielpolski, MD, PhD

Mentors: Rhonda Kost, MD & Jonathan Tobin, PhD
Lab: Clinical Research Office
Email: dbielopols@rockefeller.edu

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.

 

Ohad Bentur, MD, MHA

Ohad Bentur, MD, MHA

Mentor: Barry Coller, MD
Lab: Allen and Frances Adler Laboratory of Blood and Vascular Biology
Email: obentur@rockefeller.edu

Research Interest: Dr. Ohad Bentur’s research interest is in thrombosis and hemostasis and has involved clinical studies of venous thromboembolism and its prevention alongside basic research in vascular injury and endothelial dysfunction.

Current Research Protocol Title: Identification of genetic modifiers that ameliorate the clinical severity of patients with hemophilia

Bio: Dr. Ohad 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. As a Clinical Scholar, Dr. Bentur will focus on molecular analysis of patients with bleeding disorders and genotype-phenotype correlation analysis in these patients. He will try to identify genetic modifiers in patients with less severe bleeding symptoms than expected based on the severity of their coagulation abnormality.

John Frew, MD

John Frew, MD

Mentor: James G. Krueger, MD, PhD
Lab: Laboratory of Investigative Dermatology
Email: jfrew@rockefeller.edu

Research Interest: Dr. John Frew’s research interest is the study of chronic inflammatory skin diseases, such as hidradenitis suppurativa, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, and alopecia areata, and the primary immune mechanisms driving their development.

Current Research Protocol Title: Inflammatory Mediators in Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Bio: Dr. John Frew received his MD from the University of South Wales, Australia. He completed his dermatology residency with the Australasian College of Dermatologists, Australia. As a Clinical Scholar, Dr. Frew will study Hidradenitis Suppurativa, a debilitating and largely neglected inflammatory skin disease. He will focus on the mechanisms of innate immune dysregulation with the goal of unravelling the complex contributions of genetic factors and environmental triggers such as smoking, obesity and metabolic syndrome. He will also examine the role of alterations to the microbiome in perpetuating the ongoing inflammatory cascade in this disorder with the aim of identifying and developing new treatments for this disease.

Christian Gaebler, MD

Christian Gaebler, MD

Mentor: Michel Nussenzweig, MD, PhD
Lab: Laboratory of Molecular Immunology
Email: cgaebler01@rockefeller.edu

Research Interest: Dr. Christian Gaebler’s research focuses on antibody-mediated immunotherapy and the impact on HIV-1 latency.

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.

Krithi Irmady, MD, PhD

Krithi Irmady, MD, PhD

Mentor: Robert B. Darnell, MD, PhD
Lab: Laboratory of Molecular Neuro-oncology
Email: kirmady@rockefeller.edu

Research Interest: Dr. Krithi Irmady’s research interests are neurodegeneration, and RNA biology.

Current Research Project Title: MicroRNAs in Parkinson’s disease

Bio: Dr. Irmady is a graduate of Mysore Medical College, India following which she received her doctoral degree from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. She completed her residency training in neurology at Yale New Haven Hospital and is currently pursuing a fellowship in movement disorders at Columbia University. As a Clinical Scholar at Rockefeller University, Dr. Irmady is studying the role of microRNAs in neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease.

David Knorr, MD, PhD

David Knorr, MD, PhD

Mentor: Jeffrey Ravetch, MD, PhD
Lab: Leonard Wagner Laboratory of Molecular genetics and Immunology
Email: dknorr@rockefeller.edu

Research Interest: Dr. David Knorr’s research focuses on improving immune therapy of cancer by activating CD40 on immune cells with specifically-engineered antibodies.

Current Research Protocol Title: A phase 1, open-label study to assess the safety and tolerability of the Fc-engineered variant 2141-V11 in patients with tumors of the skin amenable to intratumoral injection

Bio: Dr. David Knorr received his MD and PhD from the University of Minnesota. He completed his internal medicine residency research track at Weill Cornell Medical College and his hematology/oncology fellowship at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. As a Clinical Scholar, Dr. Knorr will focus on improving immune therapy of cancer by activating CD40 on immune cells with specifically-engineered antibodies. This has the potential to provide another class of drugs that can help the immune system attack and kill cancer cells.

Rochelle Maxwell, MD

Rochelle Maxwell, MD

Mentor: Agata Smogorzewska, MD, PhD
Lab: Laboratory of Genome Maintenance
Email: rmaxwell@rockefeller.edu

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

Rachel Niec, MD, PhD

Mentor: Elaine Fuchs, PhD
Lab: Robin Chemers Neustein Laboratory of Mammalian Cell Biology and Development
Email: rniec@rockefeller.edu

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.

 

Franck Rapaport, PhD

Franck Rapaport, PhD

Mentor: Jean-Laurent Casanova, MD, PhD
Lab: St. Giles Laboratory of Human Genetics of Infectious Diseases
Email: frapaport@rockefeller.edu

Research Interest: Dr. Franck Rapaport is interested in human genomics and infectious diseases. He is currently investigating the genetic factors involved in the etiology of acute bacterial appendicitis.

Current Research Project Title: The Human Genetic Basis of Acute Bacterial Appendicitis

Bio: Dr. Rapaport studied machine learning and applied it to biological data at Institut Curie and Mines ParisTech during his PhD in Paris, France. He then joined Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, where he worked as a post-doctorate fellow in the Computational Biology Center and a senior research scientist in the Bioinformatics-Core before integrating the Center for Hematologic Malignancies as a computational research leader, where he investigated the genomics of adult leukemia. As a Clinical Scholar, Dr. Rapaport is using is knowledge of high-throughput sequencing to improve our understanding of the genetic factors involved in the etiology of acute bacterial appendicitis.

Tukisa D. Smith, MD, MS

Tukisa D. Smith, MD, MS

Mentor: Jan L. Breslow, MD and Manish Ponda, MD
Lab: Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics and Metabolism
Email: tsmith@rockefeller.edu

Research Interest: Primary immunodeficiency; Immune dysregulation; Hypersensitivity reactions

Current Research Project Title: Contact System Activation in Common Variable Immunodeficiency (CVID); Contact System Activation in Immune-mediated and Inflammatory Diseases

Bio: Dr. Tukisa Smith received her M.D. from Saint Louis University and completed her internal medicine residency at SUNY Downstate. She completed her Allergy and Immunology fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and is a diplomate of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. Dr. Smith holds clinical affiliations as an attending physician at The Rockefeller University Hospital and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Her current research is focused on Factor XII-mediated contact activation in various inflammatory disease states.

Ying Wang, MD, PhD

Ying Wang, MD, PhD

Mentor: Kivanç Birsoy, PhD
Lab: Laboratory of Metabolic Regulation and Genetics
Email: ywang02@rockefeller.edu

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

Yael Renert-Yuval, MD

Mentor: James G. Krueger, MD, PhD
Lab: Laboratory of Investigative Dermatology
Email: yrenert@rockefeller.edu

Research Interest: Dr. Renert-Yuval’s research focuses on the immune  dysregulations of various inflammatory dermatologic diseases, including scarring and non-scarring alopecia, atopic dermatitis, vitiligo, 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

Jeffrey Wong, MD, PhD

Mentor: Jeffrey V. Ravetch, MD, PhD
Lab: Leonard Wagner Laboratory of Molecular genetics and Immunology
Email: jwong03@rockefeller.edu

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.


Application

The application process for the Clinical Scholars Program is open. We are currently accepting applications for July 2021.  For an on-line application, go to http://scholarapplication.rockefeller.edu.  For additional information contact Dr. Barry S. Coller at collerb@rockefeller.edu.


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