Graduate Programs in the Biomedical Sciences


John Christin


Hometown: New York, NY

Undergraduate Institution: CUNY-Hunter College

Thesis Mentor: Wenjun Guo, Ph.D. 

Department: Cell Biology


  • CMBG Training Grantee (2T32GM007491)
  • NYSTEM Training Grantee (C30392GG)

    Description of Research

    My work focuses on the role that transcription factors can play in determining cell fate decisions in the mammary gland under both normal and tumorigenic conditions.


    breast cancer, mammary gland, SoxE family transcription factors, stem cell biology, CRISPR/Cas9 

    Why Einstein

    I learned about Einstein through my undergraduate PI who had done her postdoctoral work here. She stressed the communal approach towards science that was encouraged at Einstein. If you needed help on how to perform an assay, you could go around campus until you found a lab that had done said assay, and they would generally be happy to teach you or collaborate. This was still the case when I interviewed, and I made up my mind then.

    Advice for Prospective Students

    Flexibility is key. During your Ph.D., your personal interests will probably change and your projects and field definitely will. The ability to handle those events when they occur is what will allow you to finish your Ph.D. assuming all other things are equal. The other important aspect is luck, but there is not a whole lot you can do in that department.

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