Sackler Institute Administration

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Naoko Tanese Naoko Tanese, PhD
Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences and Professor of Microbiology
(212) 263-8945 naoko.tanese@nyumc.org

Naoko Tanese, PhD, is the associate dean for Biomedical Sciences, director of the NYU School of Medicine Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, and professor of microbiology. Building on her previous roles as co-director of the Medical Scientist Training Program and director of Basic Science Faculty Mentoring, Dr. Tanese leads recruitment and admissions for Sackler and ensures that recruits receive outstanding training throughout their tenure, from coursework, pairing with the right thesis mentors to career development.

Dr. Tanese received her PhD from Columbia University studying the replication of retroviruses with Stephen Goff, PhD, and conducted postdoctoral research at UC Berkeley where she investigated proteins involved in gene expression with Robert Tjian, PhD. Her current research focuses on understanding the pathogenic basis of Huntington’s disease.


Susanne Tranguch Susanne Tranguch, PhD, MBA
Assistant Dean for Biomedical Sciences and Research Assistant Professor of Cell Biology
(646) 754-5248 susanne.tranguch@nyumc.org

Susanne Tranguch, PhD, MBA is the Director, Academic Programs & Operations. Dr. Tranguch oversees the Sackler staff and works closely with the associate dean of Biomedical Sciences in recruitment, admissions, and supporting students throughout their tenure. Dr. Tranguch previously served as associate director, research mission programs, in the Office of Science & Research, developing programs for faculty and editing grants prior to submission. Prior to joining NYULMC, she was senior editor of Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism, a reviews journal published by Cell Press.

Dr. Tranguch received her PhD from Vanderbilt University studying early pregnancy with Sudhansu K Dey, PhD and her MBA from NYU Stern, specializing in leadership/change management and economics.


Lisabeth Greene, MA
Assistant Director, Graduate Student Services
(212) 263-5431 lisabeth.greene@nyumc.org

Lisabeth Greene is the Assistant Director of Graduate Student Services. In this role, she oversees registration, functions as a liaison to GSAS university offices at the main campus for students and administration, certifies PhD degrees, and acts as staff advisor to the Messenger, the student newsletter. She also works with the student council and administrative leadership in organizing and developing content for a mixture of social and academic programming for the graduate student community such as orientation, the Sackler PhD milestone series and the Sackler Curriculum Committee.

Lisabeth has a bachelor’s degree in English Writing and Literature from Long Island University and a master’s degree from NYU in journalism.


Valerie Newsome Valerie Newsome, PhD
Diversity & Inclusion
valerie.newsome@nyumc.org

Jessica Dong Jessica Dong, MA
Project Manager, PhD Program
(212) 263-4396 jessica.dong@nyumc.org

As part of the Sackler Institute administration staff, Jessica is responsible for processing applications for the PhD program and assisting potential applicants with all admission inquiries. Before joining NYU in May 2015, I studied Forensic Psychology and Forensic Mental Health Counseling at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.


Heather Petrucci Heather Petrucci, MSc
Project Manager, Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)
(212) 263-2149 heather.petrucci@nyumc.org

As project manager, Cindy coordinates and implements admissions and recruitment efforts for the MD/PhD program and supports MD/PhD students throughout their training. Cindy has worked at the NYU School of Medicine for over ten years and directly with students for eight years.


amanda Amanda Tufekcier
Program Coordinator, SURP ​
(212) 263-3031 amanda.tufekcier@nyumc.org

Amanda coordinates the Summer Undergraduate Research Program, from admissions to overseeing and designing the daily operations of the program. She also coordinates all events for the PhD and MD/PhD programs and assists with developing recruitment materials. Amanda has been with the Sackler Institute for over 10 years.


Melissa Mangar Melissa Mangar
Program Coordinator, Master’s Program in Biomedical Informatics
(212) 263-4775 melissa.mangar@nyumc.org

Melissa works on a variety of projects within Sackler, processing travel awards and student reimbursements, as well as maintaining our student database and helping with registration, among other project. Melissa attended John Jay college of Criminal Justice, majoring in Forensic Psychology. Previous to joining the Sackler staff, she worked in the neurosurgery department at NYU. Her plans are to stay in the academic field.