Graduate Programs in the Biomedical Sciences

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Sara Nik


Hometown: New York

Undergraduate Institution: SUNY-Stony book University

Thesis Mentor: Teresa V. Bowman, Ph.D. 

Department: Developmental & Molecular Biology


  • Keystone Symposia Future of Science Travel Award, to present at the Keystone Symposium on mRNA Processing and Human Disease

    Description of Research

    I study the role of the spliceosome in maintaining genome integrity and regulating hematopoiesis. Utilizing zebrafish as my model organism, I study how loss of the splicing factor, sf3b1, activates a DNA damage response in vivo.


    developmental biology, zebrafish, RNA processing, hematopoiesis, stem cells 

    Why Einstein

    I was really drawn to the supportive and nurturing research environment at Einstein. From both my visits to Einstein before making my final decision, I could tell that there was a real sense of community and collaboration here, which was very important to me.

    Advice for Prospective Students

    When picking your lab rotations, keep an open mind and take the opportunity to really branch out and explore areas of research that are exciting to you. I had never worked with zebrafish before starting my Ph.D., but after learning about them in my Molecular Genetics course, I knew I wanted to do a rotation in a lab that used this model organism. Ultimately, that became the lab where I am now completing my thesis research!

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