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Lisa Baker


Hometown: California

Undergraduate Institution: CUNY-Hunter College

Thesis Mentor: David Sharp, Ph.D. 

Department: Physiology and Biophysics


  • Graduate student research fellowship from the Sexual Medicine Society of North America
  • Winner, “Best Abstract in Basic Science,” World Meeting on Sexual Medicine, Beijing, China.

    Description of Research

    We have identified a novel microtubule regulator to be a promising therapeutic target for promoting nerve regeneration after injury. My project aims to understand the role of this microtubule regulator in axon growth and guidance, and how we can target this protein after nerve injury to promote healing.


    microtubule cytoskeleton, neural regeneration, spinal cord injury 

    Why Einstein

    In addition to the exciting research opportunities at Einstein, it was clear to me as a prospective student that the research community here is highly collaborative and supportive. My years in the graduate program have made me appreciate this fact even more. I work closely with two other labs at Einstein, and these collaborations have greatly enhanced my research experience. I feel like I have an incredible “extended family” of researchers here at Einstein that I can always rely on for input and expertise.

    Advice for Prospective Students

    1) Lab will be your second home! Choosing a lab that has a positive and comfortable work environment is important.
    2) Don’t interpret failures in the lab as personal failures. Often things do not work right away (if it were easy it wouldn’t take so long to get the degree). If you keep working at it, you will figure out a solution.

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