CUNY Advanced Science Seminar Series

Featured speaker

Dr. Rosalind Segal


Rosalind Segal received her PhD in 1985 from Rockefeller University and her MD in 1986 from Cornell University Medical College, followed by a residency in the Harvard Neurology Program. As a postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she investigated the role of nerve growth factors in regulating cerebellar development and tumor formation. She joined the Dana Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) in 1998, where currently her laboratory research focuses on growth factors, and growth factor pathway that regulate proliferation and survival during neural development. They have analyzed how these pathways function in cerebellar development, and how they are deregulated in brain tumors and in neurodevelopmental disorders.  Their recent work has focused on Sonic Hedgehog Signaling, including the identification of the proteoglycan receptor for Shh, and demonstration that Shh signaling activates S6 kinase.  Currently she is a Professor in the Neuro-Biology Department at Harvard University and an Investigator in the Cancer Biology Department at DFCI.  Beyond her research work, Dr. Segal is a member of the Dana-Farber Executive Committee for Research, and a co-Chair of the Dana-Farber Committee for Promotions. Additionally at of 7/1/14, Dr. Segal will assume the role as the Director of the Program in Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School.


The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research presents the CUNY Advanced Science Seminar (CASS) series focusing on five key and emerging science flagship disciplines at CUNY:  nanoscience, photonics, environmental science, structural biology, and neuroscience. The seminars feature leaders in these fields, who spend a day at CUNY and meet with faculty and students. These disciplines are the focus of the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), which is scheduled to open in 2014. For more information please visit the ASRC website

The Fall 2013 series will take the form of lunchtime seminars. Lunch will be provided.


CASS Calendar     

Spring 2014 Seminars



Monday, June 16, 12:15 - 1:30pm,
The City College of New York,
Marshak Building, Room MR 801

Dr. Rosalind Segal,
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute,
Harvard University
'Preserve and Protect: How target derived neurotrophins maintain long axons in functional circuits'