Julianne McGinley

Julianne Imperato McGinley, M.D.

Principal Investigator / Program Director, Associate Dean, Translational Research and Education, Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Distinguished Professor of Medicine in Endocrinology, Chief, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Julianne Imperato-McGinley’s dedication to the CTSC has been instrumental in expanding and increasing integration among partners and affiliates. Her research is mainly focused on the biology of androgens in human physiology and pathophysiology. Her landmark paper, first published in Science in 1974, defined a previously unrecognized clinical disorder, inherited 5α-Reductase deficiency. Her work was translated into treatment of human disease, leading to the development of the first medical therapy for prostate enlargement, finasteride (which was subsequently used for the treatment of male pattern baldness). Her study involving androgen effects on the body and brain was the first to significantly challenge the widely held view that gender is socially acquired. Through the genotype-phenotype study of patients with inherited defects in androgen production and/or action, she has contributed significantly to the understanding of androgen actions in the prostate, bones and brain, as well as hair growth, male reproduction and cognitive behavior. Much of her work is included in standard textbooks of endocrinology, psychology, urology and medicine, and her clinical and translational research has been funded by the NIH for over 30 years. For contributions in clinical and translational research, she was elected a member of the American Association of Physicians in 2000, and awarded the Edward H. Ahrens Jr. Award in Clinical Research in 2005.

Dr. Imperato-McGinley has an extensive history of training and mentoring students, from high school to M.D.s in fellowship training, particularly second-year endocrine fellows in their patient-oriented research projects. She is the recipient of two Empire State Investigator Grants for mentoring, and is the primary investigator of a T32 endocrine training grant. She helped to establish a Weill Cornell Medicine prize for excellence in clinical research, and served on the Medical Student Research Awards Committee of WCM for over 10 years.

In 2015, Imperato-McGinley was awarded the Frank L. Babbott, M.D. Memorial Award from the Alumni Association of the College of Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, in recognition of distinguished service to the medical profession and the community. She is the founding Program Director of the WCM CTSC (funded in 2007 and renewed in 2012), and served as the WCM General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) Program Director for more than 14 years prior. As the Translational Research and Education Associate Dean and CTSC Program Director, she is dedicated to the center’s mission of advancing clinical and translational research. Under her direction, the CTSC has fostered multidisciplinary, multi-institutional collaborative research, educated and mentored translational research scientists of the future, and enhanced healthcare for the underserved communities of New York City. 

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Olivier Elemento, Ph.D.

Associate Program Director, Clinical & Translational Science Center, Associate Director, Institute for Computational Biomedicine, Director, Englander Institute for Precision Medicine

Dr. Olivier Elemento is the Director of the Caryl and Israel Englander Institute for Precision Medicine, a large multi-disciplinary institute that uses precision medicine technologies and informatics to uncover the molecular mechanisms of disease and individualize disease treatment and prevention. He is also Associate Director of the Institute for Computational Medicine, Director of the Laboratory of Cancer Systems Biology, Co-Leader of the Genetics, Epigenetics, and Systems Biology Program in the Meyer Cancer Center at Weill Cornell Medicine and Tenured Professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics.  He was recently appointed Associate Program Director of Weill Cornell Medicine’s Clinical and Translational Science Center.

Dr. Elemento received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from University Paul Sabatier, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from INSA Toulouse, a master’s degree in intelligent systems from the University of Paris, and a doctorate in computational biology from the University of Montpellier/CNRS, all in France. He completed postdoctoral training at the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton University and joined Weill Cornell Medicine’s faculty in 2008.

Linnie Golightly, M.D.

Associate Program Director, Clinical & Translational Science Center, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Microbiology & Immunology, Associate Dean, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Dr. Golightly received her BA degree in Biology from Wayne State University and her MD degree from Cornell University Medical College. She subsequently trained in Internal Medicine at Harlem Hospital where she also served as Chief Resident. She obtained her Infectious Disease training at the Harvard Combined Infectious Disease Training Program (Beth Israel Hospital, Brigham & Women's Hospital, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute) and post-doctoral research training in molecular parasitology at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Golightly served as a medical attending and infectious disease specialist at the Beth Israel Hospital while on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. She subsequently returned to New York and established a research laboratory at the Weill Medical College. Dr. Golightly is active in training the next generation of physician-scientists. She has served as program director for the Infectious Disease Fellowship Training Program, Director of the second year medical student Basis of Disease (BOD) course in Infectious Diseases and the Ben Kean Course in Tropical Medicine. She is an active teacher in Global Health at the Ithaca Campus and is a member of the International Committee, which provides oversight for WCMC international electives. She attends on the infectious disease consult service as well as in the WCMC Travel Clinic.

Timothy Wright, Ph.D.

Coordinating Program Director, Professor, Applied Biomechanics, Department of Orthopedics, Member, Biomedical Engineering Program, Cornell University

Timothy Wright is a senior scientist at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) and serves on the HSS Research Leadership Committee. He previously served as the Program Director of the Hospital Core Center for Skeletal Integrity, recipient of one of the two original P30 core center grants awarded by the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). He has considerable leadership experience in professional societies, as well as development of educational workshops and enduring orthopedic biomechanics and biomaterial publications. He has nearly 40 years of experience mentoring and training engineering and medical students, orthopedic residents, and post-doctoral engineering and orthopedic fellows. He served as Program Director for the NIH-sponsored T32 Training Program for 10 years. His primary research concerns the load transfer pathways in implant systems, how they alter implant wear and interface mechanics, and the role of implant design and soft tissue structures in controlling joint stability, including the assessment of the relationship of wear and surface damage observed on retrieved knee components with dynamic functional motion analysis patient outcomes and static alignment measurements.

Dilcia Grenald, MPA

Executive Director, Clinical & Translational Science Center

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