Student Profiles

Name: Honig, Lee
Year you started at ISMMS: 2011
Program: PhD      MTA: BSP


Why you chose ISMMS?

The nature of the “umbrella” program was important in my decision. I did not have a lot of biology background, and was driven to receive top notch education in the many different disciplines that span biological science. The faculty are very helpful, and the ISMMS community–whether it be professors, peers, or administrative–is always available (and very willing) for counsel and open collaborations. There are a ton of resources available to students. A major plus is attending an graduate school that is affiliated with a hospital so that my work (as well as the work that I observe during the numerous seminars that are available across campus all year round) is also largely driven by the translational medicine aspect of scientific research. Plus, I love living in Manhattan!

Lab: Donald K. Scott


I am studying the effects of glucose as a potent inducer of proliferation in pancreatic beta cells in order to determine/develop novel therapeutic targets for Diabetes Mellitus

Undergrad institution and major: Hofstra University; B.S. in Chemistry

What did you do between college and grad school?

After college, I worked for 2 years at a vinyl manufacturing company on Long Island as their Quality Control Manager and Chief Chemist until I applied to graduate schools.

What do you like to do outside of school?

I love to write/play/listen to music, go to concerts, go hiking, explore the city, read books (last read was Stephen King’s The Shining) hang out with friends and family, and watch the Jets, Yankees, and Knicks.

What is your favorite quote? “He not busy being born is busy dying”– Bob Dylan

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