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Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics (MCBG) Students & Alumni


Honors and Distinctions

Alexa Cannon, Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Program

Alexa Cannon (mentor: Dr. Jonathan Chernoff) received first place for Outstanding Senior Graduate Student Poster, Discovery Day 2020

Jill Lawrence, Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Program

Jill Lawrence (mentor: Dr. Michael Nonnemacher) received third place for Outstanding Senior Graduate Student Poster, Discovery Day 2020

Emily Esquea, Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Program

Emily Esquea (mentor: Dr. Mauricio Reginato) received third place for Outstanding Junior Graduate Student Poster, Discovery Day 2020


Rebecca Holton, Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics Program

Rebecca Holton received first place for Outstanding Senior Graduate Student Poster, Discovery Day 2019

Kritika Hanamshet, Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics Program

Kritika Hanamshet received second place for Outstanding Senior Graduate Student Poster, Discovery Day 2019

Jasmine Peake, student in the Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics program.

Jasmine Peake's presentation was selected as a top poster at the DNA Damage, Mutation, and Cancer Gordon Research Conference in 2020. She received the 2019 Outstanding Graduate Student Mentorship Award for her commitment to mentoring and supporting undergraduate and junior graduate students. She was also the College of Medicine finalist for the 2019 Drexel Common Good Award. Jasmine is a Southern Regional Education Board State doctoral fellow for the 2019 Institute on Teaching and Mentoring. Jasmine has been conducting her doctoral dissertation research in the laboratory of Dr. Eishi Noguchi (Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology).


Sheila Longo, Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics Program

Sheila Longo has received a Genetic Society of America (GSA) Grant Award for the 2019 Immersion Science Center Career Development Symposium. As a scientist instructor for the Immersion Science Program (ISP), Sheila trained high school students to engage in scientific research. Sheila also served as the point person for communication with GSA about the ISP symposium and wrote a press release for the GSA describing the ISP Classroom symposium event. Sheila is an MCBG graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Alana O'Reilly (Fox Chase Cancer Center).


Lindsay Steel, Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics Program

Lindsay Steel served as an instructor with the Immersion Science Program (ISP) at Fox Chase Cancer Center to train high school students in laboratory techniques. Lindsay also served on the ISP selection committee to review student applications for the research course. Lindsay also attended the ISP Career Development Symposium to support the high school students as they presented the research that they conducted in their high school science class with the ISP In-classroom training program. The symposium took place at the Franklin Institute in May 2019. Lindsay is an MCBG graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Boris Polyak (Department of Surgery).


Manali Potnis, Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics Program

Manali Potnis has been serving as a student representative on the Women in Medicine and Science Committee (WIMSC). The mission of the committee is to support and promote the professional development, career advancement and leadership of women in medicine and science at Drexel University College of Medicine. WIMSC hosts seminars, networking events, and awards that focus on empowering women in science. The committee is currently headed by Dr. Karen Berkowitz. The multidisciplinary group includes scientists, physicians, technicians, and graduate student representatives. Members attend monthly meetings with agendas working toward increasing representation of women in science, a fair representation of women, and empowerment of minorities. Manali is an MCBG graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Christian Sell (Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine).


Kristopher Raghavan, Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics Program

Kristopher Raghavan's work was selected for an outstanding poster presentation at New York Academy of Science (2019). He also received a travel award from Drexel's Biomedical Science Graduate Student Alliance to present his research project titled "Novel surface factors on stroma-derived extracellular vesicles in pancreatic cancer. Kris is an MCBG graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Edna Cukierman (Fox Chase Cancer Center).


Tim Beck, MD/PhD candidate.

Tim Beck received the 2018 Amedeo Bondi, PhD, Endowed Graduate Award for excellence in research performance during the training experience. This is the highest recognition given to students in Biomedical Graduate Studies programs. Tim conducted his thesis work in the laboratory of Dr. Erica Golemis (Fox Chase Cancer Center).


Shridhar Sanghvi was nominated as the College of Medicine finalist for the 2018 Research Excellence Award. Shridhar conducted his MS research in the laboratory of Dr. Harpreet Singh (Department of Pharmacology & Physiology).


Andrew Matamoros, Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics PhD student

Andrew Matamoros was appointed president of the Graduate Student Association (GSA) of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies, Division of Biomedical Science Programs. Andrew has been conducting his doctoral dissertation research in the laboratory of Dr. Peter Baas, Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy).


Christina Ferrer, PhD, graduate of the Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics program.

Christina Ferrer received the 2016 Amedeo Bondi, PhD, Endowed Graduate Award for excellence in research performance during the training experience. This is the highest recognition given to students in Biomedical Graduate Studies programs. Christina conducted her thesis work in the laboratory of Dr. Mauricio Reginato (Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology).


Mihir Shetty, student in the Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics program.

Mihir Shetty received the 2016 Award for Excellence in Research (MS degree) for his thesis studies "Maf1-dependent transcriptional regulation of tRNA genes extends lifespan in fission yeast under calorie-restricted conditions." Mihir performed this work in the laboratory of Dr. Eishi Noguchi (Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology).


Isaac Zentner received the Amedeo Bondi, PhD Endowed Graduate Award

Isaac Zentner received the 2015 Amedeo Bondi, PhD Endowed Graduate Award for excellence in research performance during the training experience. This is the highest recognition given to graduate students in Biomedical Graduate Studies programs. Isaac conducted his thesis work in the laboratory of Dr. Simon Cocklin (Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology).

A Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics program graduate student working in a laboratory at Drexel University College of Medicine.