Summer Undergraduate Research Program Resident Advisors

Summer Undergraduate Research Program Summer Undergraduate Research Program Resident Advisors
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Summer Undergraduate Research Program Summer Undergraduate Research Program Resident Advisors

Resident advisors for NYU School of Medicine’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program provide guidance for students participating in the program, also known as SURPies. Join the SURP 2017 Facebook group to ask questions and interact with other SURPies, or email the resident advisors directly.


Julia Derk

Julia was born and raised in Greeley, Colorado, and has always had an innate fascination with the brain function and decline during Alzheimer’s disease. After her summer as a SURP student at NYU School of Medicine in 2010, Julia obtained her bachelor’s of science in Neuroscience and Psychology with high honors from Brandeis University.

She is now a fourth-year PhD student in the Schmidt Laboratory, part of the Diabetes Research Program at NYU School of Medicine. Specifically, she studies how the receptor for advanced glycation endproducts and mammalian diaphanous 1 (RAGE-DIAPH1) signaling axis contributes to inflammation in microglia during distinct windows of Alzheimer's disease progression and ligand accumulation.

Julia is funded by the National Institute of Health's National Institute of Aging through an F31 Ruth L. Kirschstein Individual Predoctoral National Research Service Award. She is also a co-founder and mentor for Clear Direction Mentoring, a mentorship program for underrepresented and disadvantaged high school students interested science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). She is excited to be your SURP resident advisor this summer!


Claudia Lovell

Claudia is a Californian turned New Yorker (can you say that after two and a half years?) who is studying melanoma metastasis as a technician in the Hernando Lab at NYU School of Medicine. She prefers to commute from her home in Brooklyn to work in Manhattan by bike and is slowly eating her way through New York City's culinary offerings.

After work you'll find her rock climbing in Queens, cooking dinner at her apartment, and going to sleep at 9PM. She is a morning person and loves meeting for breakfast. She is a member of the SURPie 2013 class and served as a SURP resident advisor in 2015 and 2016.


Megan Marshall

Megan is a first year medical student at NYU School of Medicine, originally from Wayne, New Jersey. She went to Brown University, where she received her bachelor’s of arts in Health and Human Biology, and graduated in 2015.

The summer after Megan’s junior year at Brown, she participated in the NYU School of Medicine SURP program. Before starting medical school, she worked for a year as a clinical research assistant with a shoulder surgeon in Boston.

At NYU School of Medicine, her extracurricular activities include coordinating and volunteering to teach a sexual health class at a local high school, leading and organizing events for the Art of Dying student interest club, and singing in the Ketones a cappella group.


Philip Thomas

Phillip Thomas hails from the little, big city of Durham, North Carolina. He is currently a fourth-year PhD student in the Logan Laboratory at NYU School of Medicine, where he studies the role of the androgen receptor cofactor ART-27 in male fertility.

Phillip attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University for his undergraduate degree, where he majored in biology. He was a SURPie in 2013.