Graduate Programs in the Biomedical Sciences


Susana Rodriguez Santiago


Hometown: Toa Alta, Puerto Rico

Undergraduate Institution: University of Puerto Rico

Thesis Mentor: Charles Query, M.D., Ph.D. . 

Department: Cell Biology


  • Science Alliance Leadership Training, Yale
  • Ciencia Academy for Career Development Fellowship

    Description of Research

    The spliceosome recognizes and excises introns from pre-mRNA. Mutations in SF3b1, an essential spliceosomal component, are frequent in myelodysplastic syndromes and other cancers. We showed that these mutations alter spliceosomal interactions with spliceosomal ATPse Prp5, changing spliceosomal specificity. In addition, we have discovered a novel SF3b1 function in autophagy.


    splicing, autophagy 

    Why Einstein

    I chose Einstein over my other options because of the immediate sense of collaborative scientific environment that was evident since the first moment I walked in the school. Also, it had a research institute dedicated to the topic I was interested in.

    Advice for Prospective Students

    Graduate school is a great phase for personal and career development where you can develop your critical thinking skills and scientific knowledge. Choose your mentors wisely; declare a lab where the alumni are and where you see yourself in 5 to 10 years. Although it might not seem as important in the beginning, choose a research topic that you love. It can make a lot of difference in your motivation and enthusiasm in the future.


    By the Numbers



    Number of scientific papers published last year


    Scientific Laboratories

    $170 million

    Einstein's NIH Funding for 2011


    Top-10-ranked Departments for Faculty Research Productivity (Chronicle of Higher Education)


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