Dean's Message

Dear NYMC GSBMS Alumni, 

Welcome to Alumni Connections! This is NYMC's new e-newsletter to share news about the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences as well updates about our constantly expanding community of GSBMS alumni. But we need your input, and hope you will tell us the kind of news you would like to see in Alumni Connections and connect with us via email

All the best from the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences.


Francis L. Belloni, Ph.D.
D ean, Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences
The Latest Issue of Chironian Magazine is Now Online

The 2017 issue of Chironian is now available online. Be sure to read the latest on how NYMC is battling the opioid epidemic and fighting the Zika virus; how NYMC students are helping in Honduras, the latest on alumni highlights and more.
Department of Microbiology and Immunology Hosts Research Forum

Ten students presented their research projects at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology's Graduate Student Research Forum on February 8.  Raj K. Tiwari, Ph.D.,  standing far right, professor and graduate program director in the department,  Ira Schwartz, Ph.D.,  seated far left, professor and department chairman, joined the panel of judges, seated from left:  Abraham Mittelman, M.D.,  clinical associate professor of medicine and sponsor of the forum,  Alberto Nasjletti, M.D.,  professor and director of the Ph.D. program in pharmacology;  Jana Veliskova, M.D., Ph.D.,  professor of cell biology and anatomy, and obstetrics and gynecology. Read more about research forum.
STAR Alumnus Keeps Up the Good Work

Jaysen Zhang, an alumnus of the Summer Trainees in Academic Research (STAR) Program in the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences, has been named a Regeneron Science Talent Search 2017 Scholar. The 17-year-old was recognized for his work, "A Cell Culture Model of Glutamine Addiction in Cancer via the c-Myc-Sirt5-Glutaminase Axis." The Regeneron Science Talent Search, a program of the Society for Science & the Public, recognizes and empowers the most promising young scientists in the U.S. who are creating ideas and solutions that solve the most urgent challenges. It is considered the nation's most prestigious pre-college science competition. As a STAR participant, Mr. Zhang worked with Joseph M. Wu, Ph.D., professor, vice chairman and M.S. program director in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Tze-chen Hsieh, research associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology on a project, "Resveratrol Derivatives as Novel Activators and Inhibitors of Sirtuin 5 (Sirt5)," earning him a slot as a 2015 semi-finalist in the Siemens Competition for Math, Science & Technology. Jaysen attends William A. Shine Great Neck South High School in Great Neck, N.Y.  
Upcoming Events

Women's Heart Health
Monday, March 20, 2017; 5:30 p.m.
7 Dana Road, Classrooms 217/218

Moderator: D. Douglas Miller, M.D., C.M., M.B.A., dean of the School of Medicine; Keynote: Tanya Dutta, M.D., assistant professor of medicine; and Presenter: Patrick W. Thomas, M.D., M.B.A., FAAC, board president of Putnam County Heart Association. Click here for more information.
29th Annual Graduate Student Research Forum
Hepatitis C: From Discovery to Cure
Wednesday, March 22, 2017; 3 :45 p.m.
Medical Education Center, Nevins Auditorium 

Keynote Charles Rice, Ph.D., director, Laboratory of Virology and Infectious Disease, Rockefeller University.  Dr. Rice was awarded the 2016 Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award, given to honor outstanding work for the understanding, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and cure of disease and considered the most coveted American prize in medical science. 
Click here for more information. 
A cappella Invitational
Wednesday, March 29, 2017;  6:30 p.m.
Basic Sciences Building, Cooke Auditorium

Join us for a night of musical performances hosted by the Arrhythmias, the Chromatic Scalers and the Borborygmi Bells.

Click here for more information. 
Anand Lakhkar, M.S. '10, Ph.D. '16 and Dhara Patel-Lakhkar, Ph.D. '13 are husband and wife who met during their studies at New York Medical College. Read more about Dr. Anand Lakhkar , and Dr.Dhara Patel-Lakhkar.

Joseph McCafferty, 
M.S. Candidate, GSBMS. A  graduate student who thrives on challenge and making a difference.  Read more about Joesph McCafferty
NYMC faculty members engage in sponsored research and other programs spanning a wide range of biomedical topics. Read here about NYMC's latest grant news.

As leaders in a variety of specialties and fields, NYMC's faculty are called upon by media outlets to serve as experts on cutting edge topics, events and news stories. Click here to see the latest offerings of NYMC in the news.

View photos from Alumni Event, Boca Raton, Fla., February 2017.
Former Adjunct Professor William Campbell, Ph.D., received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Click here to learn more.  

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