The Momen-Heravi Lab, headed by Fatemeh Momen-Heravi, is part of the College of Dental Medicine, the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Integrated Program in Cellular, Molecular, and Biomedical Studies at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

We strive to perform innovative science to understand the biological mechanisms underlying carcinogenesis mediated by tumor immune cell interactions and exploit tumor vulnerabilities to cure cancer. 

Extracellular Vesicles

Genome Engineering

Tumor Biomarker

Periodontal Disease


Understanding the interplay between the tumor, exosomes/extracellular vesicles, and tumor microenvironment to identify actionable molecular targets for head and neck cancer.

Develop novel gene editing methods to edit tumor mutations and tumor-associated macrophages for treatment of head and neck cancer and lung cancer.

Examining the role of innate immunity in the pathogenesis of periodontal disease and its convergence with diabetes and carcinogenesis.


Happy is he who gets to know the reasons for things.

Our group is always seeking highly motivated and innovative individuals to join our team.

Postdoctoral candidates (Ph.D.) should have a record of scientific innovation, productivity and rigor, a strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals, the ability to work in a multi-disciplinary multi-cultural team, excellent time management, excellent written and oral communication skills.

Required Skills/Competencies:

  • Demonstrating outstanding personal initiative and originality of thought
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently in a multidisciplinary, fast-paced, results-oriented environment
  • Excellent teamwork
  • Ability to convey their ideas and thoughts in an organized cohesive manner
  • Ability to meet deadlines and multitask efficiently is a must
  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas: Molecular biology, Immunology, Cancer biology, Cell biology, Chemistry, Genetics, Bioinformatics/Computer Science
Please apply for our current postdoctoral position here and here.
PhD students 

Our lab is part of the Program in Cellular, Molecular, and Biomedical Studied at Columbia university Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Columbia University Medical Center. You can read more about the program here. If you are interested in joining our group as a PhD student please apply to the program and email Dr. Momen-Heravi directly.

Dental students, Graduate students, Residents, Undergraduate students

Should be goal-oriented, dedicated, and driven by the need to learn and prepared to make a long-term commitment.

Required Skills/Competencies:

  • Ability to follow complex directions and protocols
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Excellent teamwork
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Application requirements:

  • Cover letter outlining relevant experience and interests
  • CV including name of referees
  • Submit above items and your interest directly to Dr. Momen-Heravi: [email protected]