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Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences Administration

For information about programs at NYU Grossman 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, Associate Dean for Research Training and Communications

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. She also oversees research communications in the Office of Science and Research. Dr. Tranguch was previously assistant director, research mission programs, in the Office of Science and Research. Before joining NYU Grossman 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.

Tim Requarth, PhD, Lecturer in Science and Writing

Dr. Requarth develops core science and science communication curricula for students enrolled in PhD and MD/PhD programs at Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Requarth has a PhD in neuroscience from Columbia University, and his science journalism has been published widely. His courses focus on modern biology as well as science writing for academic and general audiences. Contact him at or 212-263-4384. Learn more about Dr. Requarth.

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.

Lori Chiraz, Program Manager, Graduate Programs

Ms. Chiraz manages the MD/PhD program and also works with all graduate students to support them throughout their career. Contact her at or 212-263-0473.

Jessica Dong, MA, Program Manager, PhD Program

Ms. Dong is part of the administrative staff and is responsible for managing admissions for the PhD program. Contact her at or 212-263-4396.

Ashton Murray, MDiv, Program Manager, Diversity and Inclusion

Mr. Murray oversees the development and implementation of student programming, training, and learning opportunities. He partners with students, faculty, and staff to create and sustain initiatives that foster a climate of intercultural engagement, inclusion, and equity. Mr. Murray works with Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences leadership on recruitment and retention, offering guidance and communicating best practices. He also researches, gathers, and administers diversity resources. He works in collaboration with the Office of Diversity Affairs. Previously, Mr. Murray worked in student affairs at Duke University, focusing on issues related to cultivating cultural humility. Contact him at or 212-263-0472.

Sandra Squarcia, MA, Program Manager, MS in Biomedical Informatics

As program manager, Ms. Squarcia manages the MS in Biomedical Informatics program and supports MS candidates. Contact her at or 212-263-4775.

Amanda Tufekcier, Program Manager, Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Ms. Tufekcier coordinates the Summer Undergraduate Research Program, events, and administration of the Sackler office. 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.