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CUNY Undergrads Participate in Summer Research Program at Mount Sinai

September 14, 2011

Professor Avi Ma'ayan & Yan Fei Luo

In its fourth year, Systems Biology Center New York (SBCNY) Summer Undergraduate Research program at Mount Sinai awarded fellowships to two CUNY students for a 10-week research-intensive systems biology training program conducted in the Center’s laboratories.

The Systems Biology Center New York (SBCNY) is one of the National Centers for Systems Biology funded by the NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). The SBCNY consortium consists of researchers and educators from CUNY, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York University, SUNY Stony Brook, The National Centre for Biological Sciences (India), and the IBM Watson Research Center.

The SBCNY offers summer research fellowships to undergraduates who are planning to pursue PhD or MD/PhD degrees and are interested in incorporating systems biology approaches into their research. Students majoring in physical, mathematical and engineering sciences are given the opportunity to learn how concepts in their fields can be applied to cell biological problems both at experimental and computational levels. Students majoring in biological sciences learn a range of computational techniques and how to quantitatively model biological processes.

All SBCNY Summer Fellows conduct an individual research project under the mentorship of a SBCNY investigator.

Yan Fei Luo (Physics, Brooklyn College) worked with Dr. Avi Ma’ayan (Mount Sinai). Her project was entitled, Finding Potential Drug Targets to Stimulate Calorie Restriction Benefit.

Roy Song (Biology, CCNY) worked with Dr. Susana Neves (Mount Sinai). His project was entitled, Regulation cAMP-specific Phosphodiesterase PDE4D3 by Brain-derived Neurotrophic Factor and Dopamine.