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Fri Jan 26 // 6:00 pm

Pregame Your Brain – Biomedical Blitz

Presented by Caveat

Get some post-work drinks in your face, and some brand new knowledge in your brain! Several stations of experts on the week’s theme will be set up around the bar – grab a drink, and choose your own adventure. Each expert has a 10 minute speed-lesson, so you can get the basics or go deep.  Each week features experts on a different topic, so come back next week for all-new stuff!


This week – Biomedical Blitz with Weill Cornell Medicine

Our favorite Weill Cornell Medicine PhD Candidates get weird and share their favorite research topics in super-quick, interactive pit stops around the bar. They paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for their degree - get a little bit of it for free! 


Suveg Pandey

CRISPR! or How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Borrow Tricks from Nature

Suveg is a Ph.D. candidate at Weill Cornell Medicine in the Todd Evans Lab where he studies lipid signaling in early cardiac development using zebrafish and mouse embryonic stem cells as models. Suveg is super excited about grassroots science, making and breaking stuff, outreach and excitement itself.


Camila Prieto

Connect Four: Cancer Edition!

Camila Prieto was born in Cali, Colombia, grew up in Florida, and attended Johns Hopkins University, where she majored in biophysics. She is currently pursuing her PhD at Weill Cornell Graduate School in Dr. Michael Kharas' lab at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Camila's research focuses on detailing the role of a novel RNA-binding protein in both normal and leukemic hematopoiesis, using in vitro and in vivo models.


Noah Guiberson

EnSNARED in Traffic: How Molecules Get Around

Remember the plasma membrane from high school biology? How about the Golgi body, endoplasmic reticulum and lysosomes? We’ll learn about the different membraneous compartments of the cell and how they fuse with each other to move cellular cargos from Point A to Point B. Then we’ll play a game that will teach us a little about the SNARE complexes and a lot about drinking.

Noah Guiberson is a Neuroscience PhD student at Weill Cornell Medicine. His research focuses on the proteins that support membrane fusion in neurons and how basically everything goes wrong when their functions are disrupted.


André Pineda

Proteostasis Pong: The Life and Death of Proteins

André Pineda is a Canadian-born graduate student at Weill Cornell Medicine, where he studies the biochemical basis of Parkinson's disease. He performed and taught improv comedy at Dallas Comedy House, and his greatest achievement to date has been publishing an article in the Cornell newspaper using farts as an extended metaphor for the scientific method.


Shira Yomtoubian

Oncogene Darts
Learn about the randomness of cancer-causing mutations in genes that can be inherited or caused by exposure to substances in the environment, while throwing small missiles at a circular dartboard.

Shira Yomtoubian is currently a pharmacology PhD student at Weill Cornell Medicine studying genes involved in breast cancer metastasis. Coming from California, Shira hella misses sunshine, palm trees and fresh avocados.


Shannon Odell

Drunk Trivia

Shannon Odell is a Brooklyn based writer, comedian, and scientist. She has trained and performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade and the Annoyance Theater. She co-hosts and produces Drunk Science, an experimental comedy show deemed “a stroke of genius” by Gothamist and a finalist in TruTV’s comedy break out initiative. She helped create, writes, and stars in the Inverse original series “Your Brain on…” which has over five million views. She can also be seen at Weill Cornell Medicine, where she is a Neuroscience PhD candidate studying the epigenetic bases of memory.


Lea Sanford



Tickets: FREE WITH ADVANCE RSVP,  or $5 at the door