Notable SURP Alumni

Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) alumni have bright futures in biomedicine. They follow many paths, including the pursuit of graduate work or dual MD/PhD degrees at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) or other notable institutions.

Blake Gurfein
2004 SURP Fellow
Blake completed his PhD in Neuroscience at ISMMS, working in Gareth John’s Lab. Currently, he is Chief Science Officer at Rio Grande Neuroscience, San Francisco, CA.

Chaya Levovitz
2004 SURP Fellow
Chaya is an MD/PhD candidate, graduating from ISMMS in September 2016. She worked in BSP in Boffeta's lab.

Jason Cooke
2006 SURP Fellow
Jason is an MD/PhD candidate, graduating from ISMMS in September 2015. He focused on BSP in Ramirez's lab. He was admitted through the FlexMed Early Assurance Program.

Julian Gingold
2006 SURP Fellow
Julian is an MD/PhD candidate graduating from ISMMS in September 2015. He focused on DSCB in Lemischka's lab and was admitted through the FlexMed Early Assurance Program.

Jeremy Price
2006 SURP Fellow
Jeremy is an MD/PhD candidate, graduating from ISMMS in September 2016. He is currently working in Immunology, in Merad's lab. He served as a SURP TA and was admitted to the MD program through the FlexMed Early Assurance Program.

Virginia Gao       
2006 SURP Fellow
Virginia is an ISMMS MD/PhD candidate, completing the doctoral portion of her dual degree working in Neurology, in Alberini's lab.    

Hannah Brautigam
2007 SURP Fellow
Hannah is currently a PhD candidate and Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her SURP focus at ISMMS was in Neurology, in Hof/Gandy's lab. She also served as a SURP TA.

Andrew Varble
2007 SURP Fellow
Andrew is currently a PhD candidate and Postdoctoral fellow at NYU.

Miriam Merzel
2008 SURP Fellow
Miriam is currently a PhD candidate and Postdoctoral Fellow at Synergy Research.           

Patrick Mafucci
2009 SURP Fellow
Patrick is an ISMMS MD/PhD candidate, completing the doctoral portion of his dual degree and working in Immunology, in Cunningham-Rundles' lab. He was admitted to medical school through the FlexMed Early Assurance Program.

Michael Letko   
2010 SURP Fellow
Michael is an ISMMS PhD candidate, completing his doctoral research in Microbiology, in V. Simon's lab.               

Asiel Benitez     
2010 SURP Fellow
Asiel is an ISMMS PhD candidate, completing his doctoral research in Microbiology, in tenOever's lab. He also serves as a TA.

Josh Mayourian 
2010 SURP Fellow  
Josh is currently in his first year of the ISMMS MD/PhD program, after being accepted into the medical school through the FlexMed Early Assurance Program.

Rebecca Hamlin
2010 SURP Fellow
Rebecca is an ISMMS MD/PhD candidate, completing the doctoral portion of her dual degree, working in Microbiology in Sesma's lab. She also serves as a TA.

Essanna Gray     
2012 SURP Fellow
Essanna is currently an ISMMS PhD candidate, in her first year.

Varun Arvind
2014 SURP Fellow
Varun is currently an MD/PhD student in the MSTP Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is also working with physicians on machine learning research and investigating clinical applications.

Sarah Chang 
2014 SURP Fellow
Sarah is currently an MD/PhD candidate at Harvard-MIT Health Science and Technology.