Graduate Program

Emily Montal, BS

Advisor: Dr. Girnun

Investigating the Role of PEPCK in Colorectal Cancer
  • Biography

I graduated with a B.A. in Neuroscience with a minor in Mathematics from City University of New York, Queens College in 2012. My hobbies include cooking, baking, hiking and I just got into running. My research interests are in neuroscience and cancer metabolism; however I do have an open mind towards other areas. I joined Dr. Geoffrey Girnun’s Laboratory in May 2014, which focuses on cancer metabolism. I am currently working on characterizing the role of phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase (PEPCK) in colorectal cancer. I am primarily focused on understanding the role of PEPCK in cancer growth and metabolism. I am specifically has an interest in the potential of PEPCK to be a therapeutic target for the treatment of colorectal cancer.

Montal ED, Dewi R, Bhalla K, Ou L, Hwang BJ, Ropell AE, Gordon C, Liu WJ, DeBerardinis RJ, Sudderth J, Twaddel W, Boros LG, Shroyer KR, Duraisamy S, Drapkin R, Powers RS, Rohde JM, Boxer MB, Wong KK, Girnun GD. PEPCK Coordinates the Regulation of Central Carbon Metabolism to Promote Cancer Cell Growth. Molecular cell. 2015. doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2015.09.025. PubMed PMID: 26481663 link:

Stony Brook University Department of Pathology Annual Research Retreat Best Poster Competition 2015, First Place