Graduate Profile

Grad Student Greg Goreczny
Greg in front of monitors showing a cell undergoing FRET analysis to determine if two proteins are interacting within the cell. (FRET = fluorescence resonance energy transfer)

Greg Goreczny enjoyed his 10 weeks as a SURF student so much, he knew he wanted to apply to Upstate for graduate school.

"It definitely refined the skills I learned as an undergrad," he said of his summer here in 2011. "I was able to get the feel of a bigger lab, and how a lab is run at an academic medical center."

Greg said the critical thinking and techniques he learned in the SURF program "definitely" helped with his research at Clarion University his senior year. "I did a lot of behavioral studies and biochemical analysis, and learned how the extra-cellular matrix affects cell processes," he said.

But it wasn’t just the lab experience Greg enjoyed as a SURF student. Other pluses included the stipend and housing, weekly presentations by faculty, the support and camaraderie among students and faculty, fitness opportunities on campus and outdoor recreation spots in Central New York.

Greg graduated from Clarion in 2012 with a degree in molecular biology/biotechnology, and enrolled at Upstate.

Like all first-year students in the College of Graduate Studies, Greg is rotating among three labs before choosing a mentor. "Everyone’s research is interesting," he said.

Graduate Profiles

Goreczny in front of monitors
Greg in front of monitors showing a cell undergoing FRET analysis to determine if two proteins are interacting within the cell. (FRET = fluorescence resonance energy transfer)

Greg Goreczny enjoyed his 10 weeks as a SURF student so much, he knew he wanted to apply to Upstate for graduate school.
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Pignatelli in Lab
Jeanine Pignatelli, above, a PhD student in Cell and Developmental Biology, with lab technician Mike James.

As an undergraduate student at Mt. St. Mary's College, Jeanine Pignatelli was accepted to Upstate's SURF summer program before her senior year.
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