The Sheltzer Lab

Joan Smith, software engineer

Joan graduated with a B.Sc. in physics from MIT, and is currently a full-time engineer at Google, working on their cloud platform. In her work with the Sheltzer Lab, Joan builds tools to analyze cancer survival data and identify novel biomarkers associated with cancer patient prognosis.


Vishruth Girish, undergrad

Vish joined the lab in March 2018. Vish is an undergraduate at Stony Brook University majoring in Biology and minoring in South Asian Studies. Vish is working to develop novel chromosomal engineering methods to investigate the role of aneuploidy in tumorigenesis.


Anand Vasudevan, postdoc

Anand received his PhD from NTU in Singapore, where he studied host-pathogen interactions in rodents. Anand is characterizing the effects of aneuploidy and chromosomal instability on metastatic dissemination in vitro and in vivo.


Luwei (Lucy) Liu, undergrad

Lucy is an undergrad at Stony Brook University, double majoring in Biochemistry and Applied Math. Lucy is investigating the cellular consequences of CDK11 inhibition.


Ann Palladino, Tech II

Ann graduated from New York University with a B.S. in Global Public Health/Biology. She is currently working as a technician in the Sheltzer Lab focusing on characterizing the consequences of CRISPR mutagenesis in the hematopoietic lineage. She is also a founder of the Diversity Initiative for the Advancement of STEM (DIAS) at CSHL, an organization dedicated to promoting underrepresented minority scientists.


Alexander Chait, postbac intern

Xander is a graduate of the Macaulay Honors College at CCNY, where he received a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in English. He is working to explore the function of CDK11 in cancer.


Lily Yuan, rotation student

Lily is a graduate student in biomedical engineering at Stony Brook University.


Devon Lukow, graduate student

Devon is a graduate student in the Genetics department at Stony Brook University. Devon is characterizing the role of aneuploidy and chromosomal instability in cancer therapy resistance.


Jason Sheltzer, PI and Independent Fellow

Jason Sheltzer received an A.B. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At MIT, Jason worked in the laboratory of Dr. Angelika Amon to characterize the effects of aneuploidy on genome stability and tumorigenesis. Following graduation, Jason established his own research group as an Independent Fellow at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.


Zachary Galluzzo, graduate intern

Zachary received his M.S and B.S in Biomedical Engineering from Binghamton University. He is using a variety of CRISPR technologies to identify different genetic dependencies in cancer.


Christine Scaduto, DoD Breast Cancer Postdoctoral Fellow

Christine received her PhD from Brown University, where she studied chromosome segregation in pathogenic fungi. Christine is working to develop new techniques to manipulate chromosome dosage in cancer cells.


Erin Sausville, research tech

Erin joined the lab in January 2019, after graduating from Binghamton University with a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Studies. She is investigating synthetic lethality between homologs of several different cancer drug targets.




Nicole Sayles, research technician (2015-2017)

Currently: Graduate student at Weill Cornell


Ann Lin, undergraduate intern (2015-2019)

Currently: Graduate student at Stanford.


Chris Giuliano, undergraduate intern (2015-2018)

Currently: Graduate student at MIT.