Graduate Programs in the Biomedical Sciences


Dr. Jonathan Lai

Dr. Jonathan Lai
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

Joined the faculty: December 2007
Previous position: Postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School

Why I Chose Einstein

Research at Einstein is very focused on having a clinical application. That philosophy was important to me—to be thinking on a daily basis how the discoveries I’m making could affect the patient.

What I Love About Teaching and Working Here

The diversity among graduate students. I see that as a huge benefit in my lab. My students have a wide range of experience, from hard-core chemistry to extremely biological expertise. The more viewpoints we can have on a problem, the more likely we are to create a solution.

What’s Most Exciting About My Research at the Moment

One of things in the HIV field that’s depressing right now is that two major vaccine candidates have failed in the last few years. But with these failures, there is also an opportunity to look at things from a fresh perspective. There’s been an influx of new investigators from different fields trying to bring in new ideas, making it a very interesting area in which to work right now.


By the Numbers



Number of scientific papers published last year


Scientific Laboratories

$170 million

Einstein's NIH Funding for 2011


Top-10-ranked Departments for Faculty Research Productivity (Chronicle of Higher Education)

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