Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences Administration

Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences Administration
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Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences Administration

For information about programs at NYU School of Medicine’s Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, call 212-263-5648, email, or reach out to a member of our team. 

Naoko Tanese, PhD, Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences and Director

Dr. Tanese leads recruitment and admissions efforts for Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, and ensures that our students receive outstanding training and support throughout their tenures. This includes assistance in selecting coursework, finding thesis mentors, and developing a career. She was previously co-director of the MD/PhD program and director of basic science faculty mentoring. She is also associate dean for Biomedical Sciences and professor in the Department of Microbiology. Contact her at or 212-263-8945. Learn more about Dr. Tanese.

Susanne Tranguch, PhD, MBA, Assistant Dean for Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Tranguch works closely with Dr. Tanese on recruitment, admissions, and supporting students. She is also a research assistant professor in the Department of Cell Biology. Dr. Tranguch was previously assistant director, research mission programs, in the Office of Science and Research. Before joining NYU School of Medicine, she was senior editor of Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism. Contact her at or 212-263-0470. Learn more about Dr. Tranguch.

Kelly Ruggles, PhD, Director, Academic Programs

Dr. Ruggles supervises and coordinates the PhD and master’s academic programs at Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. She provides oversight and evaluates our graduate education and curriculum, assessing and developing new programs and courses. Dr. Ruggles trains staff and faculty to perform functions in support of graduate education. She also serves as the graduate advisor for the Systems and Computational Biomedicine PhD Training Program and the program academic advisor for the Biomedical Informatics MS Training Program. In addition, Dr. Ruggles is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at NYU Langone. Contact her at or 212-263-3642. Learn more about Dr. Ruggles.

Lisabeth Greene, MA, Assistant Director, Graduate Student Services

Ms. Greene oversees registration, is a liaison to NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science, certifies PhD degrees, and is the staff advisor for the Sackler Messenger, the student newsletter. She also works with the student council and administrative leadership to organize and develop social and academic programs for graduate students, including orientation, the Sackler PhD milestone series, and the Sackler curriculum committee. Contact her at or 212-263-5431.

Jessica Dong, MA, Project Manager, PhD Program

Ms. Dong is part of the administrative staff and responsible for processing PhD program applications and assisting potential applicants with inquiries about admission. Contact her at or 212-263-4396.

Heather Petrucci, MSc, Project Manager, Medical Scientist Training Program

As project manager, Ms. Petrucci coordinates and implements admissions and recruitment efforts for the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD program) and supports MD/PhD candidates. Contact her at or 212-263-2149.

Amanda Tufekcier, Project Coordinator, Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Ms. Tufekcier coordinates the Summer Undergraduate Research Program, from admissions to daily operations. She also coordinates events for the PhD and MD/PhD programs and assists with developing recruitment materials. Contact her at or 212-263-3031.


Life as a Graduate Student

Get an inside look from current students at what life is like as a PhD or MD/PhD candidate.
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