Paige Arnold, BS

Graduate Student

Paige Arnold

Start Year



BS, Duke University

I like that science seeks to create some sense of order and understanding in an otherwise extremely complex world. When I was younger, my mom was a teacher, and she would bring home do-it-yourself experiment kits. I loved working on these and began envisioning myself as a scientist early on.

Today, I am interested in stem cell biology, metabolism, and epigenetics. I am pursuing my PhD so that I will ultimately have the freedom to choose among multiple science-oriented career tracks, including academia and science policy. I selected Gerstner Sloan Kettering because of the unique student-centered structure of the program. I particularly appreciate that the first-year lab rotations are separated from the course work. This enables students to get the most out of each component instead of juggling both.


  • Robert B. Catell Fellowship (2016-2017)
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Fellowship, NIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (2019-2022)


Glutamine independence is a selectable feature of pluripotent stem cells.
Vardhana SA, Arnold PK, Rosen BP, Chen Y, Carey BW, Huangfu D, Fontaine CC, Thompson CB, Finley LWS. Nat Metab. 2019 Jul;1(7):676-687. doi: 10.1038/s42255-019-0082-3. Epub 2019 Jul 8. PMID: 31511848

Pericentromeric hypomethylation elicits an interferon response in an animal model of ICF syndrome.
Rajshekar S, Yao J, Arnold PK, Payne SG, Zhang Y, Bowman TV, Schmitz RJ, Edwards JR, Goll M. Elife. 2018 Nov 28;7. pii: e39658. doi: 10.7554/eLife.39658. PMID: 30484769