Multidisciplinary Training Areas (MTA's)

Cancer Biology (CAB)
Program Directors: James J. Manfredi, PhD and Matthew O’Connell, PhD
Steering Committee: Stuart Aaronson, MD; Robert Krauss, PhD; Ihor Lemischka, PhD; Aneel Aggarwal, PhD

This training program combines research in the biology of cancer with a curriculum that challenges trainees to consider how their research may be translated into improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Developmental and Stem Cell Biology (DSCB)
Program Directors: Margaret H. Baron, MD, PhD and Robert Krauss, PhD
Steering Committee: Margaret H. Baron, MD, PhD; James Bieker, PhD; Robert Krauss, PhD; Marek Mlodzik, PhD; Kirsten Sadler-Edepli, PhD; Philippe Soriano, PhD

This program provides coursework and research training in developmental and stem cell biology. Students will have the opportunity to work with various model organisms and in vitro cell systems to gain technical and intellectual expertise in these areas of research and their application to problems of biomedical importance.

Design Technology and Entrepreneurship (DTE)
Program Director: Geoffrey W. Smith, J.D., Kevin Costa, PhD and James C. Iatridis, PhD

C-TIE is working with faculty from across Mount Sinai to create a new MTA that will bring together biology, engineering, design, economics, and other disciplines. 

Genetics and Genomic Sciences (GGS)
Program Directors: Sander Houten, PhD and Andrew Sharp, PhD
Steering Committee: George Diaz, MD, PhD; Bruce D. Gelb, MD; John Martignetti, MD, PhD; Ed Schuchman, PhD; Robert J. Desnick, PhD, MD

This program offers students the opportunity to conduct research in the areas of genome organization and evolution, mechanisms of gene regulation, informatics and genome analysis, gene discovery and characterization, the molecular pathology of genetic diseases, and gene therapy. All organisms and genetic mechanisms are included.

Immunology (IMM)
Program Directors: Konstantina Alexandropoulos, PhD and Adrian Ting, PhD
Steering Committee: Julie Blander, PhD; Peter Heeger, MD; Miriam Merad, MD, PhD; Thomas Moran, PhD; Karen Zier, PhD
Student Representatives: Andrew Chow, William van der Touw, Priyanka Vijayan-Nair 

The goal of this training area is to provide students who are interested in immunology with a rigorous and flexible program. Students will be given the individual intellectual and technical skills required to become outstanding scientists in the field of immunology.

Microbiology (MIC)
Program Directors: Jean Lim, PhD and Ana Fernandez-Sesma, PhD
Steering Committee: Ana Fernandez-Sesma, Ph.D., Peter Palese, Ph.D. 

This program provides research training in areas such as antivirals, autoimmune disease, gene therapy, immunology, molecular virology, oncogenesis (cellular/viral), nucleic acid technology, signal transduction and vaccine development

Neuroscience (NEU)
Program Directors: Stephen R.J. Salton, MD, PhD, and George W. Huntley, PhD
Steering Committee: Mark Baxter, PhD; Deanna L. Benson, PhD; Patrizia Casaccia, MD, PhD; Paul Slesinger, PhD

The doctoral program in the Neurosciences provides students with advanced training in Systems and Organizational Neuroscience, Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology, and Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience. Individual neurons and the molecules they synthesize are studied, circuits connecting groups of neurons and regions of the nervous system are examined, and the function of the nervous system in the organism as a whole is investigated, both in the classroom and in the laboratory.

Systems Biology of Disease and Therapeutics (SBDT)
Program Director: Jeanne Hirsch, PhD and Eric Sobie, PhD
Steering Committee: Francesco Ramirez, DSc; Jeanne Hirsch, PhD; Terry Krulwich, PhD; Ravi Iyengar, PhD

This program will train students in integrated approaches to a systems level of understanding the physiology and pathophysiology of human diseases and how key molecules and pathways can be targeted for therapeutic purposes.

Structural/Chemical Biology and Molecular Design (SMD)
Program Directors: Marta Filizola, PhD and Iban Ubarretxena, PhD
Steering Committee: Aneel Aggarwal, PhD; Roman Osman, PhD; E. Premkumar Reddy, PhD; Ming-Ming Zhou, PhD

This program aims to provide an educational environment in which students receive training in structural and chemical biology with an eye towards the discovery and design of new compounds with the capacity to modulate the function of selected biological systems, e.g., the output of a signaling pathway or the cell-fate decision between survival and death.