Since the School’s first graduating class in 2004, 118 students have been awarded doctoral degrees from the School. The overall retention rate is 95%. Of those earning a degree: 87% earned a Ph.D.; 13% graduated with a Master’s degree.

All students complete their degree within 6 years. The average time to degree is 5.1 years.

Students have published almost 500 papers, a demonstration of the rigorous and reproducible work they performed during their training. About a quarter of the students have successfully applied for external fellowships.

A third of our graduates are in faculty positions, most in tenure-track positions at major U.S or foreign research institutions, and almost a quarter in industry. Other graduates are in academic research, postdoctoral research, or other scientific careers, such as university administrators, CEOs of biotech companies, and consultants.

Ph.D. Student Progress & Time to Degree

Career Paths of Ph.D. Students

Graduates in Faculty or Independent Positions (in order of completion)

Name Faculty Position
Ira Hall Associate Professor, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Niraj Tolia Chief, Host-Pathogen Interactions and Structural Vaccinology Section, National Institutes of Health
Patrick Paddison Associate Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, WA
Elizabeth Bartom (nee Thomas) Assistant Professor, Northwestern University, IL
Michelle Heck (nee Cilia) Research Molecular Biologist, USDA-ARS and Adjunct Associate Professor, Cornell University
Zachary Lippman Professor, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory & Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Ji-Joon Song Associate Professor, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea
Elena Ezhkova Associate Professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NY
Masafumi Muratani Professor, University of Tsukuba, Japan
Claudia Feierstein Research Associate, Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme, Portugal
Marco Mangone Associate Professor, Arizona State University, AZ
Elizabeth Murchison Reader, Cambridge University, UK
Hiroki Asari Group leader, EMBL Monterotondo, Rome
François Bolduc Associate Professor, University of Alberta, Canada
Wei Wei Associate Professor, University of Chicago, IL
Christopher Harvey Associate Professor, Harvard University, MA
Tomas Hromadka Group Leader, Institute of Neuroimmunology, Slovak Academy of Sciences
Monica Dus Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, MI
Shu-Ling Chiu Assistant Professor, Academia Sinica in Taiwan
Daniel Chitwood Assistant Professor, Michigan State University, MI
Jeremy Wilsuz Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania, PA
Oliver Fregoso Assistant Professor, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Amy Leung Assistant Research Professor, City of Hope’s Beckman Research Institute
Hiroshi Makino Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Katherine McJunkin Stadtman Tenure Track Investigator, National Institutes of Health
Yaniv Erlich Associate Professor, Columbia University and Chief Science Officer, My Heritage, Israel
Petr Znamenskiy Assistant Professor, The Crick Institute, UK
Michael Pautler Research Scientist, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, Canada
Melanie Eckersley-Maslin Assistant Professor, Peter Mac Cancer Centre at University of Melbourne
Cinthya Zepeda Mendoza Medical Director, Cytogenetics and Genomic Microarray, ARUP Laboratories. Assistant Professor, University of Utah
Wee Siong Goh Junior Principal Investigator/GIS Fellow, Genome Institute of Singapore
Arkarup Bandyopadhyay Assistant Professor, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY
Charles Underwood Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne
Justus Kebschull Assistant Professor, The Johns Hopkins University (January 2021)

Graduates in Industry Positions (in order of completion)

Student Current Position
Amy Caudy Principal, Scientific Operations, Maple Flavored Solutions, NY
Emiliano Rial-Verde Vice President, Food & Ingredients Strategy, Bunge Limited, NY
Rebecca Ewald International Business Leader, Ventana Medical Systems/Roche, AZ
Catherine Seiler (nee Cormier) Senior Manager Biosample Operations, Kaleido Biosciences, MA
Beth Chen Operations Manager at Homer Scientific Holdings Inc.
Colin Malone Co-Founder & Head of Biology at VNV NewCo, NY
Amy Rappaport Senior Scientist, Gristone Oncology, CA
Frederick Rollins Director, Competitive Intelligence, Oncology R&D, AstraZeneca, Washington DC
Patrick Finigan Senior Specialist, Regulatory Affairs CMC Biologics, Merck
Kyle Honegger Data Scientist, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, IL
Maria Pineda Co-Founder, CEO, Envisagenics, NY
Felix Schlesinger Bioinformatics Scientist, Illumina, Inc. San Diego, CA
Paloma Guzzardo Associate Manager, R&D Planning, Strategy and Operations, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, NY
Saya Ebbesen Associate Director, Medical + Scientific Strategy at BluPrint Oncology, London, UK
Joshua Sanders Founder and C.E.O., Sanworks, L.L.C., NY
Zinaida Perova Bioimaging Data Scientist, European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), UK
Katie Liberatore Research Scientist, Calyxt, Minneapolis, MN
Kaja Wasik Co-Founder, Gencove & Variant Bio, NY
Stephane Castel Co-Founder at Variant Bio and Senior Research Fellow at New York Genome Center
Mitchell Bekritsky Senior Bioinformatics Scientist, Illumina, Inc. Cambridge, UK
Sang-Geol Koh Scientist and Entrepreneur, {Mind}, South Korea
Ozlem Aksoy (nee Mert) Senior Scientist, Pfizer, CA
Susann Weissmueller Strategic Partnering Associate, Roche, Switzerland
Nilgun Tasdemir Senior Scientist, Pfizer, NY
Silvia Fenoglio Senior Scientist, Tango Therapeutics, MA
Jack Walleshauser Research Scientist at Plexxikon Inc., Berkeley, CA
Lisa Krug Scientist, Kallyope, NY
Robert Aboukhalil Bioinformatics Software Engineer, Invitae, CA
Tyler Garvin Head of Operations, Stockwell AI Inc., CA
Anja Hohmann Senior Scientist, KSQ Therapeutics, Boston, MA
Matt Koh Natural Language Processing Research Scientist, Bloomberg LP, NY
Annabel Romero Hernandez Associate Scientist, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, NY
Maria Nattestad Scientific Visualization Lead, DNA Nexus and Founder, OMGenomics, CA
Onyekachi Odoemene Principal Data Scientist, Capital One, MD
Daniel Kepple Senior Machine Learning Engineer, Samsung Artificial Intelligence Center, NY
Emilis Bruzas Medical Director, Biolumina, NY
Kristina Grigaityte Bioinformatics Data Scientist, Tempus Labs, Inc, NY

Graduates in Postdoctoral or Academic Research Positions (in order of completion)

Student Current Position
Charles Kopec Associate Professional Specialist, Princeton University (Advisor, Dr. Carlos Brody)
Gowan Tervo Research Specialist, Janelia Farms Research Campus, VA
Shraddha Pai Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Canada (Advisor: Gary Bader)
Oliver Tam Computational Science Analyst, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY
Galen Collins Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School (Advisor: Dr. Alfred Goldberg)
David Simpson Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University (Advisor: Dr. Alejandro Sweet-Cordero)
Claudio Scuoppo Instructor, Columbia University (Advisor: Riccardo Dalla-Favera)
Zhenxun Wang Research Fellow, Genome Institute of Singapore with (Advisor: Wai Leong Tam)
Eyal Gruntman Research Scientist, Janelia Farm (Advisor: Michael Reiser)
Megan Hogan (nee Bodnar) Senior Research Scientist, NYU Langone Medical Center
Yevgeniy Plavskin Postdoctoral Fellow, New York University (Advisor: Mark Siegal)
Hassana Oyibo Postdoctoral Fellow, FMI, Basel (Advisor: Georg Keller)
Marek Kudla Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley (Advisor: Nick Ingolia)
Dario Bressan Head of IMAXT laboratory, CRUK, Cambridge Institute, UK
Philippe Batut Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University (Advisor: Michael Levine)
Elvin Wagenblast Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto (Advisor: John Dick)
Kristen Delevich Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley, CA (Advisor: Linda Wilbrecht)
Joaquina Delas Vives Postdoctoral Fellow, Francis Crick Institute, UK (Advisor: James Briscoe)
Abram Handly-Santana Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University (Advisor: Joan Brugge)
Fred Marbach Postdoctoral Fellow, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, UK (Advisor: Marcus Stephenson-Jones)
Yu-Jui (Ray) Ho Computational Biologist, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (Advisor: Scott Lowe)
Paul Masset Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University (Advisor: Venkatesh Murthy and Naoshige Uchida)
Talitha Forcier Postdoctoral Fellow, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (Advisor: Molly Hammell)
Laura Maiorino Postdoctoral Fellow, Koch Institute, MIT (Advisor: Darrell Irvine)
Michael Gutbrod Postdoctoral Fellow, MIT (Advisor: Manolis Kellis)
Giorgia Battistoni Research Associate, Cancer Research UK (Advisor: Gregory Hannon)
Sashank Pisupati Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University (Advisor: Yael Niv)
Jacqueline Giovanniello Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA (Advisor: Kate Wassum)
Anqi Zhang Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University (Advisor: Florian Engert) (February 2021)

Graduates in non-Research Positions (in order of completion)

Name Current Position
Ahmet Denli Associate Editor, Genome Research, CSHL, NY
Darren Burgess Senior Editor, Nature Reviews Genetics, UK
Rebecca Bish-Cornelissen Scientific Director, The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research, NY
Angelique Girard Director of Finance and Administration, Amplitude Studios, Paris, France
Allison Blum Account Supervisor, LifeSci Public Relations, LLC, NY
Keisha John Director of Diversity Programs, University of Virginia, VA
Elizabeth Nakasone Heme-Onc Fellow, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Ian Peikon Venture Partner, Lux Capital, NY
Colleen Carlston Medical student, University of California, San Francisco, CA
Brittany Cazakoff Law student, Stanford University, CA
Lital Chartarifsky Biotechnology and Business Development Coordinator, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY
Sanchari Ghosh Content Specialist for BioRxiv, NY
Georgi Yordanov Equity Research Associate, Cowen and Company, NY
Jue Xiang Wang Consultant, Boston Consulting Group, NY