Awards & Achievements


April 14, 2021.  SBU Undergraduate Haisam Amin received the Sass Foundation-Arena Scholars award of $4,000 to support his research activities over the summer under the mentorship of Dr. Yusuf Hannun and his senior lab member Evgenii Boriushkin, in the Stony Brook Cancer Center. 


May 1, 2020. Graduate student Samia Mohammed was named a finalist in the SBU Three Minute Thesis Virtual Competition 2020. Her video “A Small Victory in the Quest to Cure” can be viewed at:


April 8, 2020. Stony Brook University biochemistry major Erika Nemeth ’21 has been named a Goldwater Scholar, one of 396 U.S. students receiving the prestigious annual science award in 2020.  She currently works with Dr. Daniel Canals investigating a method to visualize the subcellular localization of bioactive lipids, such as ceramide, which have important roles in cancer signaling. Read more.

Congratulations to graduate student Jeffrey Stith for receiving the Best Poster Award at the MCB/BSB Graduate Program Retreat on October 15, 2019 at Willow Creek Golf & Country Club.  His poster was titled “Sphingosine Kinase 1 downregulation plays a critical role in senescence by upregulating TGF-β2” 

Yusuf Hannun, MD and Lina Obeid, MD from Stony Brook University were selected as the first dual recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award (sponsored by Cayman Chemical) for their pioneering work on the role of ceramide and sphingolipids in aging. This award will be presented at the 16th International Conference on Bioactive Lipids in Cancer, Inflammation and Related Diseases will take place Oct. 20-23, 2019 in St. Petersburg, Florida. 

Prajna Shanbhogue received a Best Short Talk award and 400 euros from the Sphingolipid Club of Europe at the FEBS 2019 Special Meeting in Sphingolipid Biology in Cascais, Portugal. Dr. Fabiola Velazquez also received a conference travel award of 250 euros. Recently graduated lab member Justin Snider received the Journal of Cell Science Award for his poster presentation on his PhD work.

Jonathan Aminov, a rising junior, received URECA funding from the Sass Foundation to work over the summer vacation with his undergraduate research mentor Dr. Chris Clarke.