Team

Here we are after an uphill hike at the Poconos during our last lab retreat. From left to right: Rosa, Jongkuen (JK), Nicole, Gabriele, David, Sandra and Mark.

David Dominguez-Sola, MD, PhD (Principal Investigator)
Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain)
david.dominguez-sola@mssm.edu
David was originally trained as a pathologist. Prior to starting his group, he was an Associate Research Scientist at the Institute for Cancer Genetics at Columbia University.

Rosa Viñas-Castells, PhD (Postdoctoral Fellow)
Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain)
rosa.vinas-castells@mssm.edu
Rosa was originally trained as a biomedical engineer and has an MS in Biomedical Research. Before joining the lab, she completed her PhD in Cancer Biology at IMIM/PRBB (Barcelona), working on the post-translational control of Snail1 and epithelial mesenchymal transition. Presently, she is studying whether modulation of replication stress responses can alter MYC’s oncogenic capacity.

Gabriele Varano, PhD (Postdoctoral Fellow)
Milan, Italy
gabriele.varano@mssm.edu
Gabriele has a BS in Biotechnology, an MS in Medical Biotechnology (University of Florence, Italy), and obtained his PhD in Molecular Immunology at IFOM (Milan, Italy), where he studied the role of the B cell receptor in sustaining lymphoma growth and maintenance. He is now dissecting the general rules of cancer initiation using mouse models of MYC-driven B cell lymphomagenesis and lineage tracing methods. Gabriele is supported by the National Cancer Center (NCC) Fellowship Program.

Jongkuen Lee, BS, MS (PhD Candidate, Cancer Biology)
Seoul, South Korea
jongkuen.lee@mssm.edu
JK has a BS in both Chemical Engineering and Biology, and an MS in Cancer Biology. He joined the lab as a PhD candidate. He is developing tools to uncouple replicative and transcriptional activities in MYC, to interrogate their relative contribution to lymphomagenesis. JK is supported by an NCI T32 training award.

Nicole Stokes, BA (PhD Student, Cancer Biology)
Connecticut, United States
nicole.stokes@icahn.mssm.edu
Nicole has a BA in Biology. Prior to joining the lab and becoming a PhD candidate, she was an Associate Researcher in the Genetics and Genomic Sciences department at Mount Sinai. Her graduate studies are co-mentored by Dr. Eirini Papapetrou and Dr. David Dominguez-Sola. Nicole is engineering in vitro human hematopoiesis models to study the oncogenic mechanisms of MYC in Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Nicole is supported by an NCI T32 training award.

Mark Roberto, BA (PhD student, Cancer Biology)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
mark.roberto@icahn.mssm.edu
Mark has a BA in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Boston University. He is currently investigating the epigenetic programs involved in controlling germinal center B cell fate, in order to better dissect the cells of origin of B cell non-Hodgkin lymphomas.

Alumni
 
Jennifer Kung
United States
Jenni is currently a Grants Specialist at the Department of Oncological Sciences, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Sandra Casas
(Girona, Spain)
Sandra is currently a research associate at CEK (Centre Esther Koplovitz) in Barcelona, Spain
 
Esther Sánchez de León, MS
Madrid, Spain
Esther is a PhD student in the Graduate Program at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York City, NY