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Monday, February 6, 2023

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Paula Vertino Named Senior Associate Dean for Basic Research

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Paula Vertino
Paula M. Vertino, Ph.D.

Paula Vertino, Ph.D., an accomplished cancer research scientist and leader at the Wilmot Cancer Institute at the University of Rochester Medical Center, has been appointed senior associate dean for Basic Research effective February 1, 2023.

Vertino was recruited to Wilmot in 2018 to transform its research endeavors by breaking down silos and promoting collaboration and team science. She enjoys identifying commonalities and bringing people together in a “grass roots” approach.

She sees her new role as an opportunity to interact more broadly across the Medical Center to enhance cross-programmatic communication; to work with institutional leadership to create an environment that fosters faculty and trainee success; and to further integrate the basic and clinical research enterprise – something that’s been top-of-mind since she joined the University.

Read the full article in the URMC Newsroom.

2022 Research Highlights

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Looking at the year that just ended, we have much to celebrate here at SMD. Check out some of our research highlights from 2022!

PHOTOS: GEPA December 2022 Philosophy Meeting

Tuesday, January 17, 2023


E’Lissa Flores, Ph.D (’18) Talks Authenticity, Moving from L.A. to Rochester, and Keys to Networking

Wednesday, January 4, 2023


"What sets you apart is who you are and how you work with others."

E'Lissa Flores, Ph.D., a 2018 graduate of our Translational Biomedical Science program, credits being her authentic self as a big reason she's in a career she loves today.

Flores recently joined us for a live LinkedIn career discussion to talk the importance of authenticity, as well as:

  • Her role as scientific program manager at the Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI) and what it's like working in the non-profit sector
  • How our PREP program helped launch her into her Ph.D.
  • Overcoming imposter syndrome through the help of mentors
  • The importance of networking and not just re-connecting with colleagues when you need something
  • What she did to get better at science communications
  • Moving from Los Angeles to Rochester, and more

Check out the full replay on our LinkedIn page.