At the Sackler Institute of Biomedical Sciences at NYU Langone Health, aspiring scientists in our degree programmes conduct their thesis research in the laboratories of nationally and internationally recognised faculty members.
By developing high-quality academic programmes and championing diversity and inclusion, we train future scientists and critical thinkers in a biomedical sciences environment that is supportive of scientific discovery and professional growth. This allows our students to become top achievers in scientific research and also to hone skills spanning any career.
Professor of biomedical sciences and microbiology Naoko Tanese received her PhD in biochemistry from Columbia University, US, studying the replication of retroviruses. She then trained as a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley where she performed innovative work on transcriptional regulatory mechanisms.
Continuation of this research at NYU as an independent investigator has led to numerous collaborations in biomedical sciences with faculty studying cancer, developmental biology, virology, neuroscience, and stem cells.
Since joining the NYU faculty, Tanese was appointed co-director of the Medical Scientist Training Program, and director of Basic Science Faculty Mentoring. Through these channels she plays an instrumental role in advancing the careers of many young scientists.
Biomedical sciences and research
Her current research focuses on the molecular basis of Huntington’s disease, a devastating, inherited neurodegenerative disease. More recently, Tanese was appointed associate dean for Biomedical Sciences and director of the Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at New York University School of Medicine.
She oversees PhD training programmes representing broad areas of biomedical research, as well as MD/PhD and Master’s programmes in biomedical informatics, and a summer undergraduate research programme.
She leads recruitment and retention for all programmes to ensure that recruited students receive outstanding training throughout their tenure, from coursework and matching with the right faculty mentors to career development.
Our faculty at NYU Langone Health aren’t simply leaders in their fields – they’re educators, innovators, and mentors shaping the next generation of researchers and physicians. We are committed to attracting the brightest minds in the biomedical sciences, and to cultivating a community in which their bold ideas can thrive.