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 graduated from the ISMMS MD/PhD program in September 2016. She worked in Biosystems Pharamacology (now Pharmacology and Therapeutics Discovery) in Dr. Boffeta's lab.

Jason Cooke
2006 SURP Fellow
Jason graduated from the MD/PhD program in September 2015. He focused on Biosystems Pharamacology (now Pharmacology and Therapeautics Discovery) in Dr. Ramirez's lab. He was admitted through the FlexMed Early Assurance Program. He is currently a Resident Physician at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Julian Gingold
2006 SURP Fellow
Julian graduated from the MD/PhD program in September 2015. He focused on Developmental Stem Cell Biology (now Development, Regeneration and Stem Cells) in Dr. Lemischka's lab and was admitted through the FlexMed Early Assurance Program. He is currently a Resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cleveland Clinic.

Jeremy Price
2006 SURP Fellow
Jeremy graduated from the MD/PhD program in September 2016.. He is currently working in Immunology, in Dr. Merad's lab. He served as a SURP TA and was admitted to the MD program through the FlexMed Early Assurance Program. He is currently an Internal Medicine Preliminary Resident at Mount Sinai - Beth Israel.

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 graduated from the PhD in Neuroscience program at ISMMS in 2013. Her SURP focus at ISMMS was in Neurology, in Drs. Hof/Gandy's lab. She also served as a SURP Teaching Assistant. She is currently an Intellectual Property Specialist at Fujifilm Cellular Dynamics, Inc.

Andrew Varble
2007 SURP Fellow
Andrew graduated from ISMMS with PhD in 2014. He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Rockefeller University.

Miriam Merzel
2008 SURP Fellow
Miriam graduated with from the ISMMS PhD program in 2014. She is currently a Ronald H. Laessig Memorial Newborn Screening Fellow at APHL - Association of Public Health Laboratories.            

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 graduated from the ISMMS PhD program in 2015 where his research focus was in  in Microbiology, in Dr. Simon's lab. He is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)         

Asiel Benitez     
2010 SURP Fellow
Asiel graduated from the ISMMS PhD program in 2016, completing his doctoral research in Microbiology, in Dr. tenOever's lab. He also served as a Teaching Assistant. Currently, he is aPostdoctoral Fellow at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Josh Mayourian 
2010 SURP Fellow  
Josh is currently in his second 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 Dr. Sesma's lab. She also serves as a TA.

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 Medical School.

Emma Roellke 
2015 SURP Fellow
Emma is currently a Clinical Research Associate, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at NYU Langone Health.

Denise Croote
2015 SURP Fellow
Denise is currently a PhD Candidate at The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Justin Frere
2016 SURP Fellow
Justin is a current MD/PhD Student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Derian Pugh
2017 SURP Fellow
Derian is an Associate Researcher at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Apoorva Bhaskara
2017 SURP Fellow
Apoorva is a current medical student at University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson.

Elizabeth Osota 
2017 SURP Fellow
Elizabeth is a Post-baccalaureate Researcher at Boston University School of Medicine.

Israel Falade
2018 SURP Fellow
Israel is currently a Neuroscience Major at the University of Minnesota.

Kenji Yeoh
2018 SURP Fellow
Kenji is a Biomedical Engineering Student and Research Assistant at the Biointerfaces Institute in the University of Michigan.

Jessica Bezek
2018 SURP Fellow
Jessica is a Neuroscience and Behavior Research Assistant at Vassar College.