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  • Like Hela Cells
    Like Hela Cells For Henrietta Lacks By Kenny Bradley if i die mid experimentation working with tuberculosis will I be used like Henrietta Lacks if it’s not written on a document does the brain lose its privacy as if rotted thoughts cannot still be trapped by skull before my body fuses with mother earth will… Read more: Like Hela Cells
  • A comfort poem after you finish an experiment
    By Kenny Bradley today is friday at 5pm, and i want you to remind your body that it did a good day’s work  today remind your body that it is enough  let every muscle fiber twitch down your knuckles shock your nerve endings  marionette palms to your shoulder and hold yourself  feel comfort  embrace that… Read more: A comfort poem after you finish an experiment
  • We’re Nuts about Cashew!
    This month I had the pleasure of speaking with the adorable and rambunctious Cashew Carreiro, who took a pause from playtime to answer some questions about life at Rockefeller with her human mom, Jeannie.  Audrey Goldfarb: How did you and Jeannie meet? Cashew Carreiro: My brother and I were getting ready to move out and… Read more: We’re Nuts about Cashew!
  • February 2024 Book Recommendations
    By Lola Neal 2024 is upon us, and many of us have set our reading goals for the year. If you need some help getting started, look into these informative, entertaining, and thought-provoking picks. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot will walk  you through the history of one of the most important,… Read more: February 2024 Book Recommendations
  • Pets of Tri-I: Punxsutawney Pill
    Audrey Goldfarb This month I was lucky enough to meet Punxsutawney “Punx” Pill, a pill bug who currently resides with Camila Villasante, a Tri-Institutional M.D.-Ph.D. student, and Denis Torre, a Ph.D. student at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Per CDC guidelines, Punx preferred to perform the interview over Zoom. Although he is over… Read more: Pets of Tri-I: Punxsutawney Pill
  • Pets of Tri-I
    Audrey Goldfarb As loyal fans may have noticed, Pets of Tri-I was absent from our November issue. Pooja Viswanathan is moving on to a postdoctoral position at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and sadly must leave this column behind. But never fear, dear readers; Pets of Tri-I lives on in the hands of… Read more: Pets of Tri-I
  • Pets of Tri-I
    Pooja Viswanathan For this issue, I interview Edith and Lio, the cats who live with our very own Audrey Goldfarb (Graduate Student, The Rockefeller University). I have been enjoying seeing pictures of these two since I found their social media account. I hope I can meet them in person soon. Pooja Viswanathan: How old are… Read more: Pets of Tri-I
  • Pets of Tri-I
    Pooja Viswanathan For this issue, I interview Maggi, the cat who lives with Priyanka Lakhiani (Graduate Student, The Rockefeller University) and her roommates. I caught sight of Maggi during a virtual meeting as she bathed herself gloriously while carefully listening to the ongoing discussion. She paused every once in a while as if she were… Read more: Pets of Tri-I
  • Pets of Tri-I
    Pooja Viswanathan In this issue, we return with a pet interview. I have had my eye on this little puppy for a while and due to social distancing measures, I have been keeping a respectful distance, but in this time he’s already grown so much that I must introduce him to all of you without… Read more: Pets of Tri-I
  • New York Rhymes
    This Time Konstantina Theofanopoulou This is a time to amplify Black voices and Black poets. Tagged on my poem on Instagram and on my stories daily (@newyork_rhymes) are Black writers who have inspired me. Read their poetry, support them, and thank them. Poetry: Dr. Konstantina Theofanopoulou (Instagram: @newyork_rhymes) One line art: Mikaella Theofanopoulou (Instagram: @m_theta_art)
  • Pets of Tri-I: Working from Home with Pets Pt. 2
    Gretchen M. Michelfeld Heading into June, many of us in the Tri-I community are still working from home, grappling with the uncertainty of tomorrow’s news, the loneliness of quarantine, or the frustrations of too much family togetherness. Our pets continue to be comforting companions.   As a Patient Representative at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC),… Read more: Pets of Tri-I: Working from Home with Pets Pt. 2
  • New York Rhymes
    Poetry: Dr. Konstantina Theofanopoulou (Instagram: @newyork_rhymes) Art: Mikaella Theofanopoulou (Instagram: @m_theta_art)
  • Pets of Tri-I: Working from Home with Pets
    Gretchen M. Michelfeld With some adorable exceptions, most of us do not bring our pets to work. We were used to coming home at the end of a long day to a cat clamoring to be fed or a dog dancing ecstatically at our return. The sudden change in work culture throughout the Tri-Institutional community… Read more: Pets of Tri-I: Working from Home with Pets
  • New York Rhymes
    Dr. Konstantina Theofanopoulou I wrote this poem in February 2019. I couldn’t have imagined how the word “quarantine” would sound today. Poetry: Dr. Konstantina Theofanopoulou (Instagram: @newyork_rhymes) One line art: Mikaella Theofanopoulou (Instagram: @m_theta_art)
  • Pets of Tri-I
    Pooja Viswanathan For this issue, I interview Rudy, the dog who lives with Riccardo De Santis (Postdoc, Brivanlou lab, The Rockefeller University) and his wife, Dacia (Columbia University).  Pooja Viswanathan: How old are you? In human years? Rudy: I have 5 human years.  PV: Is there a story behind your name? R: My parents wanted… Read more: Pets of Tri-I
  • Pets of Tri-I
    Pooja Viswanathan For this issue, I interview Astérix, the guinea pig who lives with Amélie Cornil (Laboratory Administrator, Strickland lab, The Rockefeller University) and her husband, John. I hope I meet Astérix. Pooja Viswanathan: How old are you? In human years? Astérix: I am 1 year old, and that’s 18 human years, so I’m still… Read more: Pets of Tri-I
  • Pets of Tri-I
    Pooja Viswanathan   For this issue, I interview Sumo, the dog who lives with Margaret Fabiszak (Freiwald Lab, The Rockefeller University) and her husband, James.   Photos courtesy of Fabiszak & Co. Pooja Viswanathan: How old are you? S: Roughly in my 60s. We don’t know exactly! If anyone at the Tri-I can give me… Read more: Pets of Tri-I
  • Pets of Tri-I
    Pooja Viswanathan   For this issue, I interviewed Luna, the rat who lives with Brigid Maloney (Jarvis & Magnasco Labs, The Rockefeller University) and her partner, Brandon. I think rats make great pets and I wanted to meet Luna ever since I first heard about her from Brigid. Pooja Viswanathan: How old are you? In… Read more: Pets of Tri-I
  • Pets of Tri-I
    Pooja Viswanathan For this issue I interviewed Lord Bullingdon, the dog who lives with Mehrnoosh Oghbaie (Rout Lab, The Rockefeller University). Lord B is such a happy dog, and I love running into him when he’s out on walks. Photos Courtesy of Mehmoosh Oghbaje Pooja Viswanathan: How old are you? In human years? L: I… Read more: Pets of Tri-I
  • Pets of Tri-I
    Pooja Viswanathan For this issue, I interview Michelle, the dog who lives with Emma Garst (Hang Lab, The Rockefeller University). I love animals, please write me at pviswanath@mail.rockefeller.edu if you have pets! That’s the whole point of this. Pooja Viswanathan: How old are you? In human years? Michelle: I’m going on four years old! I… Read more: Pets of Tri-I
  • Pets of Tri-I
    Pooja Viswanathan For this issue, Natural Selections interviews House and Kima, the forever kittens who live with me (Freiwald lab, the Rockefeller University), and sometimes, with my partner, Scott Rennie. Pooja Viswanathan: How old are you? In human years? Kima: We don’t know exactly, but the humans guess about 1 in human years. In cat… Read more: Pets of Tri-I
  • Pets of Tri-I
    Pooja Viswanathan For this issue, Natural Selections interviews Fifi, the young cat who lives with first year graduate students here at The Rockefeller University, Sarah Cai, Lindsey Lopes, and Kathryn Eckartt. Fifi is extremely sweet and playful and I enjoyed our meeting. Please contact me if you have sweet, little nonhumans living with you. I’d… Read more: Pets of Tri-I
  • Pets of Tri-I
    Pooja Viswanathan   For this issue, Natural Selections interviews Malu, the dog who lives with Tiago Siebert Altavini (Gilbert Lab, The Rockefeller University) and Patricia Saletti. Malu speaks Portuguese and I only know 10 words of it, but her parents were willing and capable translators for our interview. I love animals, please write me at… Read more: Pets of Tri-I
  • Pets of Tri-I
    Pooja Viswanathan In this issue, Natural Selections interviews Muffin and Velvet, the cats who live with Sarah Mereby (Fuchs Lab, The Rockefeller University) and Eddie Spencer. I wasn’t able to meet these lovely creatures but Sarah graciously transmitted my questions to them and their answers to me. Please write me at pviswanath@mail.rockefeller.edu if you have… Read more: Pets of Tri-I
  • Pets of Tri-I
    Pooja Viswanathan In the third run of this series, I interview Mocha, the rabbit who lives with Natalie Omattage (Chen Lab, The Rockefeller University). I meet this fluffy one often, as Natalie and I share an apartment. If you would like your pet(s) featured in this series, please contact me at pviswanath@mail.rockefeller.edu. Pooja Viswanathan: Mocha,… Read more: Pets of Tri-I
  • Pets of Tri-I
    Pooja Viswanathan In the second run of this series, Pooja Viswanathan interviews Emma and Rusty, the cats who live with Jim Keller and Dom Olinares. I met these wonderful creatures one fine evening, and they were very gracious to answer some pressing questions I had for them. If you would like your pet(s) featured in… Read more: Pets of Tri-I
  • Pets of Tri-I – Watson Gonzales
    Pooja Viswanathan This is a series to introduce the Tri-I community to the wildlife amongst us. In this issue, Natural Selections’ Pooja Viswanathan interviews Watson Gonzales (follow on Instagram @_watson_dog_), the terrier mix who lives with Kevin Gonzales (postdoc, Fuchs Lab). Pooja Viswanathan: How long have you lived in New York City? Watson Gonzales: I… Read more: Pets of Tri-I – Watson Gonzales
  • QUOTABLE QUOTE
        Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose. (Bill Gates)  
  • Roses are Red, Violets are Blue
    By Aileen Marshall Valentine’s Day, also known as Saint Valentine’s Day, is celebrated on February 14. It is the day that couples customarily show their love for one another. People give their loved ones cards, flowers (usually roses), candy (usually chocolate), or a romantic dinner. If you are well off, you may get or receive… Read more: Roses are Red, Violets are Blue