Research Concentrations


The NYU School of Medicine’s new “Curriculum for the 21st Century (C21)” allows students to customize their educations by engaging in research projects designed to build in-depth knowledge in a key biomedical area, foster more student – faculty mentoring opportunities and increase student competitiveness when searching for specialty training. This new opportunity is called a Concentration.

The Department of Cell Biology will offer Type I Concentrations in several areas of research under the mentorship of members of our faculty with, in many cases, a partnership with a clinical faculty member. Students will spend 12 weeks in a laboratory pursuing basic science, or translational research. Alternatively, students pursuing a concentration in Cell Biology can choose to spend 8 weeks in a laboratory and 4 weeks doing a clinical elective that is linked to the research topic. The decision as to how to configure the 12 week block will be arrived at through discussions with the proposed mentor(s) and depend on the nature of the research effort.

Available areas of Study

Specific topics that have been identified as available now are listed in the table below. However, students who do not find a topic that meets their needs are encouraged to make direct contact with members of the Cell Biology faculty listed in the “Faculty Research” section of this web site and to discuss options for working in a lab.

Research Lab   Concentration Area Offered
Mary Helen Barcellos-Hoff   The Contribution of Microenvironment in Cancer Therapy and Carcinogenesis.
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Stuart Brown   Clinical applications of DNA sequencing. (
Pam Cowin   Connecting mammary development to breast cancer.
Alan Frey   1. Restoration of immune tolerance in Type I diabetes.
2. Regulation of activation of tumor-infiltrating CD8+ T cells (Read more …)
Holger Knaut   Molecular Control of Early Head Mesoderm Development (Read more …)
Ruth Lehmann   Germ line stem cell biology (
David Moscatelli   Prostate stem cell interactions with the vasculature. (Read more …)
John Munger   Signaling pathways involved in lung fibrosis and in postnatal lung development.
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Mark Philips   Membrane Trafficking and Signaling of Small GTPases.
Daniel Rifkin   The role of transforming growth factor beta in cardiopulmonary pathophysiology.
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Hyung Don Ryoo   Stress Response pathways in Drosophila disease models. (Read more …)
Michael Schlame   The molecular mechanism of Barth syndrome. (Read more …)
Tung-Tien Sun   Cell and molecular aspects of bladder epithelial differentiation. (Read more …)
Jesús Torres-Vázquez   Genetic and cellular mechanisms of vascular development. (Read more…)
E Lynette Wilson   Determination of protein expression of stem cell genes that predict for survival of
patients with prostate cancer. (

Engaging Mentors

Students should contact the research faculty member directly by e-mail to request a meeting to discuss a suitable project. Once the project is selected the mentor and the student will fill in the “Concentration Project Form”, which includes a brief description of the project and an attestation of mentoring commitment from the mentor (or mentors if the project has a clinical component); the student will forward the signed form to the Office of Medical Education. The Department recommends that students finalize their plans in minimum 3 months prior to the start date of the Concentration project. Students understand that the mentor may require prerequisites, such as readings from the literature, attendance at lab meetings or, in the case of a clinical project, the successful completion of a specific clinical rotation. Students should also be aware that by mentors may require attendance at lab meetings, journal clubs, seminars and other lab activities during the concentration itself.


At the end of the concentration period, students are required to prepare and submit a written report to their mentor describing their work. Students are also encouraged to present the final report orally in a lab meeting of the mentor’s research group, to the department or at a scientific conference, as stipulated by the project mentor(s). The written work can be written in the form of a paper for publication or a poster for a conference presentation. The student will meet with his/her mentor(s) and at least one other faculty member who has not been engaged in the project and provide an oral defense of the project and its work product. A copy of the written report will also be uploaded by the student to his/her e-portfolio and forwarded to the Office of Medical Education as evidence of completion of the concentration. Grading of the “Concentration” program activities is PASS/FAIL. The mentor will determine the student’s grade after the final report is submitted.