Since Einstein’s Belfer Institute was established in 1979, it has served approximately 2,500 postdocs and currently supports 270 young investigators. Its chief goal is to provide the best possible scientific training and social environment for postdoctoral researchers. In addition, the division has long sponsored the annual Dennis Shields Postdoctoral Research Prizes, which recognize research excellence among the fellows.
Under Dr. Bresnick’s leadership, the Belfer Institute has enhanced Einstein’s position as a preeminent training ground in biomedical science. Over the past six years, she has developed numerous programs and initiatives designed to enrich the postdoc experience at Einstein. These range from establishing an enhanced career and professional development program with the graduate division to securing more postdoctoral housing on campus and working with human resources to provide additional health benefits, free gym membership, and an expanded childcare program.
A professor of biochemistry, Dr. Bresnick is a cancer researcher whose work focuses on understanding the mechanisms mediating tumor cell migration, invasion, and metastasis. Her lab seeks to develop novel treatments that improve the cancer survival rate of patients by preventing the disease from spreading throughout the body.
Dr. Bresnick joined Einstein as a graduate student in the department of anatomy and structural biology. She received her Ph.D. from Einstein in 1991 and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1996.