Graduate Programs in the Biomedical Sciences


Sumaira Zamurrad


Hometown: New York, New York

Undergraduate Institution: SUNY- Stony Brook University

Thesis Mentor: Julie Secombe, Ph.D. 

Department: Genetics

Honors: Third prize, graduate poster competition at The Alliance for Genetics conference


Description of Research

I study the role of the histone demethylase KDM5 in causing intellectual disability. I have used a variety of techniques and approaches to elucidate the behavioral, transcriptional and neuronal defects associated with KDM5 mutations using Drosophila melanogaster as a model.


KDM5, histone demethylase, intellectual disability, transcription 

Why Einstein

I chose Einstein for the breadth of research being done here, the close-knit community and the many opportunities to connect with the diverse science happening here. Thanks to the umbrella program, students are able to explore all kinds of science, be it basic science research or clinical or even a harmonious mix of the two!

Advice for Prospective Students

Don’t be scared to jump into something you have never done before. Get out of your familiar areas of comfort and learn something new. Learning about the great unknown is what a Ph.D. is all about. It will be rocky and frustrating at times without a doubt, but the overall journey is extremely rewarding and beautiful.

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