Diversity Pipeline Programs Boost Confidence, Open Doors

Dr. Jessica Peña always had an interest in science, but a career in medicine seemed daunting to her. After all, she hadn’t seen doctors who looked like her. That all changed when she enrolled in Weill Cornell Medicine’s Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP) which exposes high school sophomores and juniors to science-related activities…. Read More

Researcher Examines Connection Between Thyroid Function & Heart Failure

Martin Gerdes, Ph.D. Professor, Chair, Department of Biomedical Sciences NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine What is your area of research? I’ve been doing translational research on heart failure for the past 35 years. My work has focused on the correlation between thyroid conditions and heart failure and exploring how extremely small doses of thyroid hormones… Read More

Med Student Pays it Forward with Diversity Outreach

Growing up in Elmont, NY, Dondre Irving was surrounded by diversity, except for one key area — all his doctors were white. Irving had no idea this was a national trend until he started learning about the medical field, hoping to become part of the disproportionately small group of black men in medicine. In fact,… Read More

Pediatric Cancer Researcher Talks Increasing Survival Rates, Decreased Funding

Mitchell S. Cairo, M.D. ‌New York Medical College Chief, Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation‌ Director, Children and Adolescent Cancer and Blood Diseases Center Associate Chairman, Department of Pediatrics Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine, Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology and Cell Biology & Anatomy What is your area of research, and what discoveries have you made… Read More

Pipeline Program Leads Single Mom from GED to MD/PHD

Emma Wallace’s life is a study in unexpected outcomes, so it shouldn’t be surprising that she will soon graduate medical school with a dual MD/PhD degree. Yet, it is. “I didn’t think women in my situation could have these opportunities,” she said. Born in England to a West Indian mother and British father, Wallace spent… Read More

Buffalo Neurologist Talks Recent Discoveries, Research Environments, and Funding

M. Laura Feltri, M.D. Professor, Departments of Biochemistry and Neurology Researcher, Hunter James Kelly Research Institute Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo What is your academic and professional background? I earned my M.D. from the University of Milano in my home country of Italy, after which I completed a… Read More

Pipeline Program Graduate Plans to Practice Medicine in Hometown

Britney Nathan, a first-year medical student at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and graduate of Hofstra University, grew up in the town next door and has no intentions of leaving anytime soon. She aspires to serve her community of Uniondale, NY as a primary care physician or OB/GYN because she says she sees disparities in… Read More

Einstein Stem Cell Researcher Looks for Answers in Zebrafish

Teresa V. Bowman, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Developmental & Molecular Biology and Department of Medicine (Oncology) Researcher, Ruth L. and David S. Gottesman Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine Albert Einstein College of Medicine How did you come to work in New York State? Before coming to Einstein in June 2013, I… Read More

First-Generation Student Blazes Trail for Family on Route to Med School

James Osei Sarpong was born and raised in the Bronx by immigrant parents, neither of whom had pursued education beyond high school. But James had a desire to earn a college degree and a passion for science—biology in particular—so he worked hard to navigate the college admissions process. “It was on me to figure it… Read More