Student Profiles

Name: Fehr, Tristan
Year you started at ISMMS: 2014
Program: PhD      MTA: NEU


Why you chose ISMMS?

I valued the sense of community here and the access to research and career development resources in and around NYC. I especially liked Sinai’s strengths in neuropsychiatric and epigenetics research as well.

Lab: Akbarian Lab


I study how stress impacts higher order epigenetics, especially chromosomal looping, thereby leading to either resilience or susceptibility to depression.

Undergrad institution and major: Arizona State University// Biology: Animal Physiology and Behavior; Psychology; Spanish minor

What did you do between college and grad school?

I took a research year on a Fulbright Fellowship in Spain. During this time, I learned about how the gut microbiome intersects with depression and anxiety.

What do you like to do outside of school?

make music on guitar/bass/keys, hike, read, catch comedy, spook speakeasies

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