Student Profiles

Name: Gomez, Maria Lucia
Year you started at ISMMS: 2015
Program: PhD      MTA: CAB


Why you chose ISMMS?

What attracted me to Mount Sinai the most was the collaborative and supportive atmosphere. The collaborations are extensive and multi-disciplinary, which makes cutting-edge research flourish. From the moment you meet students and post-docs, you know that faculty in the training programs are committed to see their students grow and succeed.

Lab: Dr. Doris Germain


Although cancer cells are reprogrammed to use less oxidative phosphorylation, the mitochondria network still plays an integral role in tumorgenesis. For example, the mitochondria of cancer cells generate reactive oxygen species (ROS) and other onco-metabolites. Under the guidance of Dr. Germain, I am currently investigating how breast cancer cells regulate mitochondrial signaling pathways, such as the mitochondrial unfolded protein response, to handle high levels of stress, such as elevated levels of ROS, during tumor initiation and progression.

Undergrad institution and major: Drew University, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

What did you do between college and grad school?

I worked two years as a clinical laboratory technician at Weill Cornell Medical College.

What do you like to do outside of school?

Exploring New York, Spending time with family and friends, Watching Netflix, Sleeping.

What is your favorite quote? Be the person your dog thinks you are.

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