Nick Upright

Year: 4

MTA: Neuroscience


Nick traveled from MA to Davidson, NC where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Davidson College in 2014. As a Neuroscience major at Davidson, he utilized in vivo electrophysiology to examine several afferents to the dentate gyrus after unilateral entorhinal cortex lesion. He later worked for two years as a technician, expanding upon his undergraduate research to investigate the cholinergic components of the septodentate pathway in rodents. Nick is now a 3rd year PhD candidate and utilizes experimental animal models to research the functions of prefrontal neural systems and explore how interruptions of these systems ultimately affects behavior.

Outside of lab, Nick is a 4th year PhD representative on Student Council. He enjoys working with the MiNDS student group at Sinai to provide neuroscience outreach to the surrounding neighborhoods and schools in NYC. Besides science, Nick can typically be found feasting at his favorite brunch and happy hour spots, running in the Park, or chilling with his fav Seamless and a Netflix rom-com.

Josh Acklin

Year: 3

MTA: Microbiology


Josh graduated from The University of Rochester in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Immunology and a Minor in Classics. He came to Mount Sinai immediately from Undergrad, and is currently a 3rd year PhD student. His research interests are: Pathogenesis of Mosquito-Born Infectious Diseases, Development of ex vivo human tissue model systems to study Viral Pathogenesis, Cutting Edge Imaging Technologies and Organelle-Organelle interactions during infection.

Outside of lab, Josh is very active in the school community. In 2018, he organized the Mount Sinai contingent at the NYC March for Science. He also serves as a senior PhD representative on Student Council, the Vice-Chair of the PhD Leadership meeting (PLM), and is an active Peer Mentor  for Trainee Health and Wellness (THAW). In his free time, Josh also likes board games, hiking around the Hudson River Valley, scientific advocacy, and baking.

Chris Panebianco

Year: 3

MTA: Developmental and Stem Cell Biology


Chris graduated from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 2016 with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Chemical Engineering and a Minor in Biomedical Engineering. Upon completion of his degree, Chris earned a Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health; his research utilized novel tissue engineering strategies to differentiate pluripotent stem cells in neural retina organoids for drug-screening applications. Currently, Chris is a 2nd year Biomedical Sciences PhD student developing novel regenerative therapies for intervertebral discs degeneration.

Outside of research obligations, Chris serves as a 3rd year PhD Representative on Student Council, Vice President of the Student Council Steering Committee, Co-Chair of Stonewall at Mount Sinai, and the Social Media Chair for oSTEM at Mount Sinai. He enjoys these extra-curricular connections to the Mount Sinai community, along with martial arts, yoga, and cooking.

Daisy Hoagland 

Year 2

MTA: Microbiology


Daisy graduated from the University of Vermont in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and a Minor in Community and International Development. Upon graduating, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at a nonprofit working to build a national STEM mentorship movement for underrepresented students in STEM. Daisy is now a 2nd year PhD student rotating through the Microbiology department. Outside of lab, Daisy serves as a PhD representative on student council. She stays active by running and hiking, and has a passion for vegan baking.

Emily Teichman

Year 1

MTA: Pharmacology


Emily graduated from Hamilton College in upstate New York in 2018 with Bachelor of Art degrees in Neuroscience and Physics. Post-undergrad she moved to Ireland to work at APC Microbiome Ireland researching the interaction of the gut microbiota and the autistic brain. As a first year PhD student, Emily is rotating through pharmacology labs, and most interested in studying depression pharmacology. Outside of the lab, Emily serves as one of the 1st year PhD student council representatives. She loves to cook, play piano, and ski in her spare time, and squeeze travel into her vacation days.

Camille Goldman

Year 1

MTA: Genetics and Data Science


Camille graduated from Harvey Mudd College in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology. She studied the role of ROS on the mitochondria and aging. Camille is now a 1st year PhD student rotating through the Genetics and Genomic Sciences department. She is interested in elucidating the molecular pathology of complex diseases. Outside of the lab, Camille is a First Year PhD representative on student council. In her free time, she enjoys baking, reading, hiking, and practicing martial arts.