BETTR - an IRACDA Program

Research Mentors



Albert Einstein College of Medicine
1300 Morris Park Ave.
Bronx N.Y. 10461
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Einstein, part of Yeshiva University, is one of the nation’s premier institutions for medical education, basic research and clinical investigation. The Einstein campus is located in an interesting area of the northeast Bronx close to Fordham University, the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Gardens.

Among our Mentors are scientists in the National Academy, a member of the Howard Hughes, and faculty representing a wide range of interests sponsored by NIGMS, all with positive experience and desire to mentor developing science/educators.

BETTR scholars will select research mentors by virtue of intense interest in the research area of the mentor, and availability of a spot in the lab. Mentors are expected to support the pre-BETTR scholar for the first year of their training when there is complete immersion in research. This requirement provides a head-start for BETTR scholars in research, allowing them to reinforce their time-management skills for the BETTR years of their education when juggling between research and teaching activities is essential.

Below is a list of possible Research Mentors. However, additional Mentors can be added according to the BETTR guidelines. Key evaluation points are NIH funding by the laboratory, experience in mentoring, and documented participation and interest in teaching.


Name/Degree(s)   Rank   Primary (& Secondary) Appointment(s)   Research Interest  
Jonathan M. Backer
Professor Molecular Pharmacology PI 3-kinase signaling
Joan Berman
Professor Pathology (Microbiology and Immunology) Pathogenesis of NeuroAIDS
Barbara K. Birshtein
Professor Cell Biology Regulation of immunoglobulin heavy chain gene rearrangements and expression
Anne Bresnick
Professor Biochemistry Mechanisms of Motility and Metastasis
Arturo Casadevall
M.D., Ph.D.
Professor Microbiology & Immunology Focus on pathogenic microbes including Cryptococcus neoformans, Bacillus anthracis and Mycobacterium tuberculosis. How do they cause diseases and how do hosts protect themselves against microbes?
John Condeelis
Professor Anatomy and Structural Biology Cell motility, Chemotaxis and Cancer
Dianne Cox
Professor Anatomy and Structural Biology (Developmental and Molecular Biology) Regulation of Macrophage Function
Ana Maria Cuervo
Professor Developmental and Molecular Biology (Anatomy and Structural Biology) Autophagy, aging, neurodegeneration
Paul Frenette
Professor Department of Medicine, Department of Cell Biology (Stem Cell Institute) Hematopoietic Stem Cell
Susan Band Horwitz
Professor Molecular Pharmacology Antitumor Drug Development from Natural Products
William R. Jacobs Jr. PhD. Professor and Genetics Tuberculosis, Pathogenesis, Bacterial Genetics, Drug resistance, Vaccine

Margaret C. Kielian

Professor Cell Biology Molecular mechanisms of virus membrane fusion and virus budding
Fernando Macian
MD, Ph.D.
Assoc. Professor Pathology T cell Immunology
Stanley G. Nathenson M.D. Professor Microbiology and Immunology/Cell Biology Molecular/structural basis for comstimulatory regulation of T cells in malignancy and immunity
Laura Santambrogio
MD, PhD.
Assoc. Professor Pathology (Microbiology & Immunology) Dendritic cells, antigen processing and presentation
Matthew D. Scharff
Professor Cell Biology (Medicine) Antibody diversity. B cell malignancies
Vern L. Schramm
Professor Biochemistry Transition States – Inhibitor Design
Jeffrey E. Segall
Professor Anatomy and Structural Biology Tumor cell invasion and metastasis
Robert Singer
Professor Anatomy and Structural Biology Studying the Birth and Travels of RNA
Suzanne R. Zukin
Professor Department of Neuroscience Director, Neuropsychopharmacology Center Excitatory amino acid receptor signaling in activity- and experience-dependent synaptic plasticity
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