People

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Alicia Meléndez, Ph.D.
Professor, PI

Research interests: autophagy, development and aging

 

Ph.D. Students:

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Kaitlin Kosinski
Interested in the role of autophagy in the DNA damage response and promoting meiotic fidelity.

Vedat Onur Yilmaz
Interested in studying other forms of autophagy in C. elegans development.

 

Technical Support:
Jessica Truong

MA Students:
Christine Taveras

Undergraduate Students:
Rhema Matcha
Martin Salamanca

Lab Alumni
Nicholas J. Palmisano
Ph.D. Student (graduated 2017)
Currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stony Brook University, in the laboratory of David Matus. Earned an American Cancer Society Fellowship in 2018.

Melissa Silvestrini
Ph.D. Student (graduated 2016)
Currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University, in the laboratory of Louis Lapierre.

Kristina Ames, Ph.D.
Ph.D. Student (graduated 2016).
Currently a postdoctoral fellow at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in the laboratory of Kira Gritsman.

Dayse Da Cunha
Ph.D. Student (co-mentored with Dr. Hannes Bülow at Albert Einstein College of Medicine)- (graduated 2016)
Currently a lecturer at Matto Grosso State University, Brazil.

Undergraduate Students previously in the lab:
Gehan Ranepura (2017- 2018), was accepted to the Physics of Life summer program at Princeton University in 2018.
Natalie Rosario (2015- 2017) Attending Fordham University.
Amandeep Rataul (2017-2018)
Movses Pogosyan (2018)
Gabriel Shechter (2016-2017)
Mateusz Wysocki (2016- 2017)
Muhammad Hamza (2017-2018)
Daniella Abramov (2017-2018)
Feng Lin (2012-2017) currently a technologist at Sema4,  Genetic Testing lab at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Aryeh Gold (2015-2016)
Christos Mouzakitis (2013- 2015)
David Jimenez (MARC student, 2012-2014, currently attending graduate school at New York University)
Hannah Hong (Colwin Award, Linakis Award, 2012- 2013, currently attending Michigan University Graduate School)
Lev Starikov (2011-2012, attended graduate school at The Graduate Center of the CUNY, received his PhD in 2018)
Brenda Gonzalez (MARC student, Linakis Award, 2011- 2013, received her PhD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 2019)
Sara Wong (Paul Klapper Award, Commencement Speaker, Linakis Award, 2010-2013, currently attending Michigan University Graduate School)
Aruna Phekoo (2012)
Heng Qi (Lancefield Award, 2012)
Jennifer Ogunsuyi (2012)
Gurinder Singh (2012)
John Attonito (SPUR Fellow, 2008-2011)
Verona Young (2009- 2010, attended Stony Brook Medical School)
Gabriel Ornes (2009)
Tatiana Garces (2010)
Lizbeth Nuñez (MARC student, Fiegelson Award, 2007- 2009, attended Wisconsin Medical School)
Ameer Mourad, (Lancefield Award, 2007-2008)
Zahava Rubel (SPUR Fellow, Lancefield Award, Salk Scholar, 2006- 2008, attended New York College of Osteopathic Medicine)

High School students mentored:
Vanessa Mann
(Summer 2018) graduated from Stuyvesant High School; Cassie Tian (2017-2018) graduated from The Bronx High School of Science, NYCSEF Finalist, Ying Scholar Semifinalist 2019; Nina Ozoigwe (2016) graduated from Stuyvesant High School (attending Yale University); Minah Hong (2018-2019) graduated from John Bowne High School (attending Stony Brook University); Loren Moon (2013- 2014) graduated from Regis High School (attending Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education); Shaminy Manoranjithan (2011-2013) graduated from Townsend Harris High School; Karen Lin (2009- 2011) graduated from The Bronx High School of Science; Dempsey Simonis (2008) from Benjamin N Cardozo High School; Lana Tolen (2006-2007) graduated from Forest Hills High School (attended Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education).