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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.

Patrick Brunner, MD

Patrick Brunner, MD

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

Research Interest: Dr. Brunner’s research focuses on inflammatory skin diseases and the skin immune system.

Current Research Project Title: Identification of Immune Circuits in Chronic Inflammatory Skin Diseases and Identification of Potential Therapeutic Targets

Bio: Dr. Brunner was born in Klagenfurt, Austria, and earned his MD from the Medical University of Vienna, where he also completed his Dermatology residency. After obtaining his board certification in Dermatology and Venereology , he joined the Clinical Scholars Program at The Rockefeller University in the Laboratory for Investigative Dermatology. His research focuses on immune mechanisms in inflammatory skin diseases (psoriasis, atopic dermatitis), and their contribution to systemic inflammation.

Yehuda Cohen, MD

Yehuda Cohen, MD

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

Research Interest: Dr. Cohen’s research interest is in broadly neutralizing antibodies, early phase clinical trials, and HIV reservoir.

Current Research Project Title: Exploring the Dynamics of the Latent HIV Reservoir

Bio: Dr. Cohen received his MD from Stony Brook University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center and his fellowship in infectious diseases at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. As a Clinical Scholar, Dr. Cohen is the principal investigator of two phase 1 clinical trials evaluating novel broadly neutralizing anti-HIV-1 antibodies, and works in the laboratory to investigate the composition and dynamics of the latent HIV reservoir.

Scott Drutman MD, PhD

Scott Drutman MD, PhD

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

Research Interest: Dr. Drutman’s research focuses on investigating host-virus interactions of several human pathogens (including some that cause cancer) and the human genetic factors that contribute to susceptibility to these viruses. His ultimate research goal is to better understand the interaction between the human immune system and cancer with a focus on oncovirus-driven malignancies.

Current Research Project Title: Genetic Dissection of Human Susceptibility to Severe Viral Infections

Bio: Dr. Drutman received his BA in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Reed College followed by his MD and PhD at NYU School of Medicine through its Medical Scientist Training Program. He completed internal medicine residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College and fellowship in Medical Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He is currently a Clinical Scholar at Rockefeller University, and continues to see patients at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Chibuzo Enemchukwu, MD

Chibuzo Enemchukwu, MD

Mentor: Charles M. Rice, PhD and Sarit Golub, PhD, MPH (Hunter College of CUNY)
Lab: Laboratory of Virology and Infectious Disease and Hunter HIV/AIDS Research Team
Email: cenemchukw@rockefeller.edu

Research Interest: Dr. Enemchukwu’s clinical and research interests focus on using patient-centered approaches within implementation science to address health disparities in HIV prevention and treatment outcomes.

Current Research Project Title: Preferences for Antiretroviral based Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Among Men who have sex with Men (MSM) and Transwomen in New York City: A Discrete Choice Experiment

Bio: Dr. Enemchukwu received her MD from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She completed her internal medicine residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, and fellowship in infectious diseases at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY.

Jason M. Hawkes, MD

Jason M. Hawkes, MD

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

Research Interest: Dr. Hawkes is interested in the immune pathways and molecular events responsible for the onset of psoriasis and other chronic inflammatory conditions involving the skin and hair.

Current Research Project Title: Investigating the Molecular Phenotypes of Guttate and Early-Onset Plaque Psoriasis

Bio: Dr. Hawkes is a board-certified dermatologist from Southeastern Idaho. He received his Medical Degree from the University of Utah and completed an internship in internal medicine at the University of Washington/Boise VA Medical Center. He returned to Utah for his dermatology residency and graduated from the program’s 2+2 Translational Research Track. Dr. Hawkes also spent one year doing research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as part of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Research Scholars Program. His current research focuses on the characterization of the immune pathways and molecular mechanisms driving the development of inflammatory skin conditions, such as psoriasis, alopecia areata, and adverse cutaneous reactions related to novel cancer immunotherapies.

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.

Moonjung Jung, MD

Moonjung Jung, MD

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

Research Interest: Dr. Moonjung Jung is interested in identifying disease modifiers in Fanconi anemia. She is investigating novel metabolic pathways that may determine Fanconi anemia disease presentation.

Current Research Project Title: Identifying Disease Modifying Genes in Fanconi anemia

Bio: Dr. Jung graduated Summa Cum Laude from College of Medicine, Ewha Womans University, South Korea. She completed her internal medicine residency at Houston Methodist Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College, Houston, TX, and hematology and medical oncology fellowship and blood and marrow transplantation fellowship at National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD. She joined the Clinical Scholars program at the Rockefeller University in July 2016.

Youngmin Lee, MD, PhD

Youngmin Lee, MD, PhD

Mentor: Thomas Tuschl, PhD
Lab: Laboratory of Molecular Immunology
Email: ylee04@rockefeller.edu

Research Interest: Dr. Youngmin Lee is interested in liver diseases. She is specifically interested in the biology of fibrogenic cells and identifying determinants that impede liver regeneration.

Current Research Project Title: Ductular Reaction and Liver Progenitor Cells in Hepatic Fibrosis

Bio: Dr. Lee received her MD, PhD (Dr. med) from the University of Heidelberg and the German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany. After her residency/fellowship in internal medicine, hepatology/gastroenterology and intensive care medicine at University Hospital Heidelberg she joined the Liver Fibrosis Laboratory (Dr. Scott Friedman) at Mount Sinai, New York. As a Clinical Scholar she studies the role of ductular reaction in hepatic fibrosis.

Ching-Lan Lu, MD, PhD

Ching-Lan Lu, MD, PhD

Mentor: Michel Nussenzweig, MD, PhD
Lab: Laboratory of Molecular Immunology
Email: clu02@rockefeller.edu

Research Interest: Dr. Ching-Lan Lu’s research focuses on immunotherapy and infectious diseases.

Current Research Project Title: The Role of Broadly Neutralizing Antibodies in HIV Infection

Bio: Dr. Lu received her MD from Chang Gung University, Taiwan. She completed her internal medicine residency and infectious diseases fellowship at the National Taiwan University Hospital, Taiwan. She received her PhD from Cornell University. As a Clinical Scholar, Dr. Lu is studying the role of broadly neutralizing antibodies in HIV infection.

Isaac Marin-Valencia, MD

Isaac Marin-Valencia, MD

Mentor: Mary E. Hatten, PhD
Lab: Laboratory of Developmental Neurobiology
Email: imarin@rockefeller.edu

Research Interest: Dr. Isaac Marin-Valencia is interested in studying the mechanisms by which defective metabolism disrupt brain development. His research goal is to uncover new mechanisms and develop novel treatments for pediatric developmental disorders.

Current Research Project Title: Clinical and Molecular Characterization of Brain Development in Pontocerebellar Hypoplasia (PCH)

Bio: Dr. Marin-Valencia received his M.D. from University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. He completed his residency in pediatrics at the University of Barcelona, Spain. Dr. Marin-Valencia completed a pediatric neurology residency and was the pediatric neurology chief resident at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Kathrine Meyers, DrPh

Kathrine Meyers, DrPh

Mentor: David D. Ho, MD, PhD and Martin Markowitz, MD
Lab: Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center
Email: kmeyers@adarc.org

Research Interest: Dr. Meyers is interested in expediting the translation of research findings and other evidence-based practices into routine healthcare. Her particular interest is in testing implementation models that integrate biomedical HIV prevention methods into the delivery of healthcare services to sexually active gay and bisexual men.

Current Research Project Title: Determinants of Participation in HIV Prevention Trials and Uptake of Biomedical HIV Prevention Methods Among Men Who Have Sex with Men in China

Bio: Dr. Meyers received her Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH) from Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University and her Master in Public Policy (MPP) from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Her training is in the application of social science research methods to understanding and solving public health problems. She has a particular interest in the prevention of HIV and has spent 20 years working on projects in China.

Djin-Ye Oh, MD, PhD

Djin-Ye Oh, MD, PhD

Mentor: David D. Ho, MD, PhD
Lab: Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center
Email: doh@adarc.org

Research Interest: Dr. Djin-Ye Oh is interested in the use of broadly neutralizing antibodies for the treatment of latent and productive HIV-1 infection.

Current Research Project Title: Expression Dynamics of HIV Envelope Protein on the Cell Surface

Bio: Dr. Oh obtained her MD/PhD degree at Freie Universität / Humboldt Universität, Berlin, Germany. She completed her Pediatrics residency at the Floating Hospital for Children in Boston and fellowships in Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Advanced Pediatric Infectious Diseases Research at NYU Medical Center and Boston Children’s Hospital.

Christina Pressel, MD

Christina Pressl, MD

Mentor: Winrich Freiwald, PhD
Lab: Laboratory of Neural Systems
Email: cpressl@rockefeller.edu; presslchristina@gmail.com

Research Interest: Dr. Christina Pressl is interested in the neural mechanisms of face perception. Specifically, she is studying the neural mechanisms that give rise to human face recognition and social perception. Dr. Christina Pressl utilizes neuropsychological testing paradigms and advanced MRI imaging methods to study aspects of face recognition.

Current Research Project Title: Face Perception Deficits in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy: A Powerful Tool Providing Insight Into Social Brain Systems,Their Malfunctions, and Treatment Response

Bio: Dr. Pressl received her MD from the University Graz, Austria. She completed three years of radiology residency at the Allgemeine Krankenhaus, University Medical Center, Vienna, Austria. As a Clinical Scholar, Dr. Pressl is studying how epileptic seizures and partial resection of parts of the neural face perception machinery affect its function and influence behavior.

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.

Ethan Ravetch, MD

Ethan Ravetch, MD

Mentor: Sohail Tavazoie, MD, PhD
Lab: Elizabeth and Vincent Meyer Laboratory of Systems Cancer Biology
Email: eravetch@rockefeller.edu

Research Interest: Dr. Ethan Ravetch studies pancreatic cancer metastasis and the development of novel diagnostic biomarkers of the disease.

Current Research Project Title: Investigating a Neuronal Protein as a Biomarker of Pancreatic Cancer

Bio: Dr. Ravetch completed his MD at the State University of New York Downstate College of Medicine and is currently a general surgery resident at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. His work at Rockefeller University focuses on pancreatic cancer metastasis and the development of novel diagnostic biomarkers of pancreatic adenocarcinoma. His career goals are to become a surgeon-scientist specializing in surgical oncology.

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.

Norihiro Yamaguchi, MD

Norihiro Yamaguchi, MD

Mentor: Sohail Tavazoie, MD, PhD
Lab: Elizabeth and Vincent Meyer Laboratory of Systems Cancer Biology
Email: nyamaguchi@rockefeller.edu

Research Interest: Dr. Yamaguchi’s research focuses on cancer metastasis.

Current Research Project Title: Targeting Aberrant Metabolic Pathways of Metastatic Cancers

Bio: Dr. Yamaguchi Norihiro graduated from Osaka City University Medical School, Japan and completed general medicine residency followed by hematology/oncology fellowship at St. Luke’s Hospital Tokyo where he was the chief resident and the chief fellow. He did his second residency at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Yamaguchi wants to transverse between clinical care of his patients and researching their diseases to develop better treatment options.


Application

The application process for the Clinical Scholars Program is open. We are currently accepting applications for July 2019.  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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