Faculty and Staff

MTM Administrative Team

Jeffrey Garanich, Ph.D.

Garanich JS Oct 2018

Jeffrey Garanich, Ph.D. // Director of the CCNY Master’s in Translational Medicine (MTM).

In this role, he oversees development and growth of the program while leading administration of a curriculum that trains students in the core competencies required to bring a new medical technology to market. In addition, Dr. Garanich served as Program Chair for the 2018 Biomedical Engineering Society Coulter College, an international training program focused on the translation of biomedical innovations. Prior to joining CCNY, Dr. Garanich worked in the medical technology and private equity industries.  Of note, he spent six years with Boston Scientific Corporation, where he drove the completion of cross-disciplinary research and development projects critical to the commercialization of new medical technologies.

Sabriya Stukes, Ph.D.


Sabriya Stukes, Ph.D. // Assistant Director of the CCNY Master’s in Translational Medicine (MTM).

Some of her responsibilities include leading recruitment efforts, creating digital marketing strategies and teaching.  She is a trained microbiologist, a one-time science podcaster,  fierce supporter of all things STEM, and a newly minted adjunct assistant professor. She received her B.S in Biology with a concentration in Microbiology and Immunology in 2005 from Virginia Tech and in 2015 earned her doctoral degree in Biomedical Sciences at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She  is actively involved in various organizations that help to increase visibility and awareness in the science fields for women and underrepresented communities.

Evan Azoulay


Evan Azoulay // MTM’s Resident Biodesign Mentor.

Specializing in rapid prototyping techniques, Evan works closely with the Master’s in Translational Medicine students on their capstone design projects. He is a Biomedical Engineer by training, and an alum of the MTM program. In addition to the design critiques that Evan provides the students, he also serves as a mentor, giving insight on the program to current and prospective students. Evan is also involved in local STEM outreach, he spearheaded the Harlem Community School District 5 3D Printing initiative in the Spring of 2018, which operated on five District 5 middle-school campuses. The initiative culminated with the students showing off their custom-designed 3D printed prosthetics at District 5’s Super Saturday STEM Expo. Evan is also an alumnus from the very first MTM cohort.

Roxie Xie


Roxie Xie // MTM’s Social Media and Digital Marketing Coordinator.

She is a graduate student in the Branding and Integrated Communication Program at the City College of New York. As the resident branding and marketing strategist, she works on a majority of the digital communications for the MTM program. Her responsibilities include social media planning, newsletter forming and the making of other marketing materials. These efforts lead to strengthening the overall brand of the MTM program while increasing awareness of the value in earning this unique type of degree.  Prior to the MTM program, she has worked in a marketing agency, a photography studio as a producer, and a magazine as the editor.

MTM Supporting Faculty

Gilda Barabino, PhD
Dean, Grove School of Engineering
Berg Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Maurizio Trevisan, MD, MS
Dean, CUNY School of Medicine/Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program
Medical Professor, CUNY School of Medicine/Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program

Mitchell B. Schaffler, PhD
CUNY Distinguished Professor & Chair of Biomedical Engineering
Wallace H. Coulter Chair
Chairman, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Joan M. Dorn, PhD
Medical Professor,  CUNY School of Medicine/Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program
Chair, Department of Community Health and Social Medicine

Abhishek Datta, PhD
Scientist/Chief Technology Officer, Soterix Medical
Adjunct Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Katherine Mendis, MA, MPhil  
Clinical Professor, CUNY School of Medicine/Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program