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Q & A with Dr. Selina Chen-Kiang

Selina Chen-Kiang, PhD Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Selina Chen-Kiang, PhD, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and of Microbiology and Immunology at Weill Cornell Medicine, was recently awarded a $2.5 million Mantle Cell Lymphoma Research Initiative Award from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for her cutting-edge research on blood cancer.

How did you get interested in your field of research?

After completing my PhD in human genetics at Columbia, I asked my thesis advisor, Sid Udenfriend, how to proceed with my scientific career. He said, “It depends if you want to be a team player or you want to be a virtuosa.” I replied, “I only live once, I want to be a virtuosa.” So, his advice was to think of something new to do and just be fearless. I was trained in protein chemistry and enzymology, but I realized biology was my real interest.

After a postdoc in Jim Darnell’s lab at the Rockefeller University studying how gene expression was controlled, I started my own lab at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as a faculty member of Weill Cornell Medicine and reassessed my interests again. I realized that I was fascinated by the immune system; it is exquisitely controlled and I wanted to understand how it kept itself in balance, a concept known as homeostasis. When immune system homeostasis is lost and blood cells divide uncontrollably, you end up with leukemia, lymphoma or multiple myeloma.

$4M Grant Awarded to Weill Cornell Medicine Lymphoma Program for Mantle Cell Lymphoma Research

Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) was selected by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) as the only medical institution in New York and one of two sites nationwide to receive a highly competitive grant to improve therapies for mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) patients.

The LLS Mantle Cell Lymphoma Research Initiative (MCL-RI) award of $2.5 million couples with significant matching from WCM to total over $4 million worth of funding provided to accelerate the movement of innovative MCL treatment approaches from the laboratory bench to the patient bedside. The LLS award was sourced in part by generous philanthropic investments supporting the future of cancer research.

From left to right (Back): Maurizio Di Liberto, PhD; Peter Martin, MD; Karla Ballman, PhD; Lorenzo Galluzzi, PhD; John Leonard, MD From left to right (Front): Olivier Elemento, PhD; Jihye Paik, PhD; Selina Chen-Kiang, PhD; Jia Ruan MD, PhD; Lewis Cantley, PhD Not pictured: Xiangao Huang, PhD; Giorgio Inghirami, MD; Christopher Mason, PhD


Dr. Jessica Tyler Elected Fellow of the AAAS

Jessica Tyler, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Congratulations to Dr. Jessica Tyler on being elected to Fellow of the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science)!

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