Monica Stanciu

Graduate Student
Lees Lab
Department of Biology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Bldg 76, Koch Institute, Cambridge, MA, 02139.
mstanciu at mit dot edu


I am a graduate student in the lab of Dr. Jacqueline Lees at the Koch Institute, MIT.
I am interested in cancer biology, specifically therapeutic strategies for malignant brain tumors.
Before starting my graduate education, I worked at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at MIT, as a technical assistant in the laboratory of Dr. Elly Nedivi. I was involved in research characterizing the function of the protein product of Candidate Plasticity Gene 2 (cpg2), an activity-regulated gene involved in glutamate receptor internalization.
I received an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto in 2009, upon completion of a Neuroscience Specialist and Pharmacology Major. I graduated with high distinction, the highest level at the university, based on my GPA of 3.95 (out of 4). My undergraduate education was diverse, and mixed with various research experiences in the form of project courses and summer internships. Along the way, I explored fields outside my main program, such as computational biology.
In my last year at UofT, I studied at the Center for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases in Dr. Anurag Tandon lab, where I was involved in characterizing alpha-synuclein, a central protein in Parkinson's disease pathology.
During the summer of 2007, I was a student in Dr. Herman Yeger's lab at the Hospital for Sick Children. Here, I studied the effects of an anti-fibrotic drug on alterations in glomerular phenotype in a model of type II diabetic nephropathy.
For my NSERC-sponsored research, I worked at the UofT-affiliated Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Dr. Jose Nobrega's laboratory, looking at the role of dopamine receptor D3 in alcohol addiction. 

Quick C.V.


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PhD Candidate. current.
  • University of Toronto, B.Sc. 2009.


  • P Medvedev, M Stanciu, M Brudno. (2009) Computational methods for discovering structural variation with
    next-generation sequencing. Nature Methods. 6(11): S13-20. PubMed ID: 19844226

Graduate Awards and Scholarships

  • MIT School of Science Fellowship in Cancer Research, 2014-2015
  • NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship (PGS-D), 2011-2014
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology Graduate TA Award. Honorable Mention, 2012
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology Praecis Presidential Graduate Fellowship, 2010-2011
  • NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship, 2009
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2009
  • Ada Snider Huenergard Postgraduate Scholarship, 2009