New Researcher Announcement Archive

Emmanuelle Dankwa, profile photo

Emmanuelle Dankwa, Postdoctoral Fellow - Wirth Lab

Emmanuelle  joined the department in June, 2024. She is supporting work to strengthen capacity and foster strategic, policy and leadership environment for public health analytics in some African countries. She has joined IID from the Department of Global Health and Population where she worked on modeling transmission of Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis to inform control strategies. Emmanuelle earned her DPhil in Statistics from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.

Basil Thommen, Postdoctoral Fellow - Rubin Lab

Basil joined the department in February, 2024. He has completed his PhD at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, working on sexual differentiation in malaria parasites. In the Duraisingh lab, he is investigating signaling pathways that regulate parasite egress. In his free time, he enjoys running, Ping-Pong, and reading.

Benedetta Salvucci, Visiting Graduate Student - Rubin Lab

Benedetta joined the department in February, 2024. She is a PhD student in Pharmaceutical Sciences in Rome and has recently joined the Rubin lab to expand her knowledge of Mycobacteria. She has a background in pharmaceutical chemistry, specializing in synthesizing active compounds against Mtb to combat pharmacological resistance. In her current role, she aims to delve deeper into understanding resistance mechanisms to common antibiotics. In her free time she enjoys reading books, taking walks and cooking.

Sille Remme, Postdoctoral Fellow - Rubin Lab

Sille joined the department in February, 2024. She will investigate mycobacterial cell envelope. Her previous experience includes BSc and MSc studies in her home country Estonia where she focused on ribosome degradation in E. coli. In between, she did a summer research program in EPFL, Switzerland where she fell in love with the country and mycobacteria. She decided to move to Switzerland for her PhD and studied membrane transport processes in mycobacteria in Prof. Seeger’s lab at the University of Zurich. In her free time, Sille enjoys hiking and discovering cool cultural experiences with her family as well as reading, dancing, and playing board games.
Duhyun Ko, profile photo

Duhyun Ko, Postdoctoral Fellow - Garrett Lab

Duhyun joined the department in November, 2023. During her PhD studies in South Korea, she studied the role of bacterial signal transduction in enhancing their virulence and antibiotic resistance. She is now interested in how microbiota affect human diseases. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies and taking walks
Valentina Brunner, profile photo

Valentina Brunner, Visiting Graduate Student - Garrett Lab

Valentina joined the department for the month of November, 2023. She is a final year PhD candidate from the Technical University in Munich and is visiting the Garrett lab for a research exchange. She is particularly interested in the intricate interplay among tumor genetics, the microbiome, and host immunity within colorectal cancer. Within her research, she aims to decipher subtype-specific bacterial risk profiles and to delineate host-microbiota interactions that are relevant for tumor initiation and progression. She is very excited to get inspired and collaborate with Harvard’s top-tier scientists. Outside of the lab, Valentina enjoys being active- ideally outdoors. Mountain hiking, bouldering, running, tennis, and yoga are her favorite activities.
Aditi Mukherjee profile photo

Aditi Mukherjee, Postdoctoral Fellow - Grad Lab

Aditi joined the department in November, 2023. She received her MS from Banaras Hindu University with a specialization in Biochemistry and Enzymology. During her Ph.D in CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, she worked on host-pathogen interactions in Leishmania parasites. In the course of her first postdoctoral training in Rutgers University, she worked on target-dependent drug development against Trypanosoma brucei. She is originally from the eastern part of India, and is excited to work on the antigenic diversity and antibiotic resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Her hobbies include cooking, gardening and hiking.
Jonathan Burnie profile photo

Jonathan Burnie, Postdoctoral Fellow - Corbett Lab

Jonathan joined the department in October, 2023. He recently completed his PhD at the University of Toronto in the Guzzo lab. His research focused on developing flow cytometry-based protocols to study proteins on the HIV surface. Outside of the lab Jonathan enjoys reading, travelling and spending time with friends and family.
Tetiana Matviiuk profile photo

Tetiana Matviiuk, Research Associate - Fortune Lab

Tetiana joined the department in September, 2023. She comes to HSPH with a background in medicinal chemistry and small molecules synthesis, working recently in a contract research organization on integrated projects for 9 years. She got her PhD in the field of discovery and development of new anti-TB agents from Toulouse III Paul Sabatier University and Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Her passion is working on integrated projects combining synthetic chemistry, biology, and computational chemistry.  Tetiana enjoys outdoor activities, mountain hiking, camps, kayaking, and painting spectacular nature views. She is from Ukraine and adores the Carpathian mountains, Ukrainian rivers, and dense forests.
Abdisalan Noor profile photo

Abdisalan Noor, Visiting Professor - Wirth Lab

Abdisalan joined the department in September, 2023. He is a malaria epidemiologist and global health leader specializing in data and analytics for effective public health programs. Before joining Harvard, Noor was the Head of Unit, Strategic Information for Response at the World Health Organization Global Malaria Programme (GMP) in Geneva, Switzerland. Here, he led the publication of the WHO World Malaria Report and worked on the development of normative guidance and tools on malaria surveillance, strengthening surveillance systems, and sub-national tailoring of malaria interventions.  Before joining GMP in 2016, Noor was the Director of the Nairobi Program at the Kenya Medical Research Institute/Wellcome Trust Research Program and a Visiting Professor of Malaria Epidemiology at the University of Oxford, UK. He is a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH).
Lisa Verizier profile photo

Lisa Verzier, Postdoctoral Fellow - Catteruccia Lab

Lisa joined the department in September, 2023 after a postdoctoral fellowship at Pasteur Institute in Paris where she worked on pre-erythrocytic malaria vaccines. She holds a PhD in Health Sciences from the University of Melbourne (WEHI) and has worked in Plasmodium research for the last 6 years across species and stages. Outside of work, Lisa is a powerlifting amateur, enjoys playing tennis or lazing at home with a good book. She also never says no to good food or drinks and will likely have chocolate in her drawer if you ever come have a chat!
Yaye Ndiaye profile photo

Yaya Die Ndiaye, Postdoctoral Fellow - Wirth Lab

Yaye joined the department in September, 2023. She is an accomplished molecular biologist. Her recognized expertise spans a wide range of scientific disciplines, including molecular biology, genomics and ex vivo studies. She heads the Molecular Biology Unit of the International Research Center for Genomics and Health Surveillance (CIGASS) at the Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (UCAD). Her role is to coordinate crucial research into antimalarial drug resistance, a task that requires her to oversee a wide range of activities, including field sampling of malaria parasites, DNA extraction, species confirmation and genotyping for molecular markers of drug resistance. Outside of work, Outside work, Mamy enjoys outdoor activities, swimming and reading.
Kritee Mehdiratta profile picture

Kritee Mehdiratta, Postdoctoral Fellow - Rubin Lab

Kritee joined the department in August, 2023. She comes to HSPH with a strong interest in understanding infectious disease biology. She has a background of zoology and biomedical research from University of Delhi, India. Kritee completed her Ph.D. studies exploring Mycobacterium tuberculosis secondary metabolism from CSIR-Institute of economics and Integrative Biology, New Delhi, India. Outside of work, Kritee enjoys baking, crafting, reading for leisure and of course, eating spicy food.
Jaspreet Banga profile photo

Jaspreet Banga, Research Fellow - Shapiro Lab

Jaspreet joined the department in July, 2023. She is an Infectious Diseases Fellow at BIDMC with an interest in HIV. She has participated in clinical and research opportunities internationally and her goal is to conduct global HIV research and work primarily with socially disadvantaged populations. She completed her MD at Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School and internal medicine residency at Mount Sinai in NYC.  Outside of work, Jaspreet enjoys travelling, fitness, trying new recipes, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.
Yusuf Mian profile photo

Syed Yusuf Mian, Postdoctoral Fellow - Duraisingh Lab

Yusuf joined the department in July, 2023. He has a background in Biochemistry and Parasitology as well as some experience in Cancer Biology. He completed his PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, where he studied Plasmodium falciparum with a focus on its red cell invasion malaria vaccine development. With an interest in infectious diseases, he is excited to join the Duraisingh Lab to continue his research on malaria and other parasitic diseases. He also holds an MSc from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, and a BSc from Jamia Millia Islamia. When not doing research he loves spending time with his family, watching sports, and reading non-Science material.
Adedotun Ogunbajo profile photo

Adedotun Ogunbajo, Department Assocaite - Kanki Lab

Ade joined the department in July, 2023. He was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow at HSPH from 2020 to 2023. He’s been awarded a K01 career development award from the National Institute of Mental Health for developing and testing a telehealth intervention to increase HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis uptake and adherence among minority men in Nigeria.He holds a PhD from Brown University and an MPH from Yale Univers ity.
Jiahong Li profile photo

Jiahong Li, Postdoctoral Fellow - Duraisingh Lab

Jiahong joined the department in July, 2023. She obtained her PhD in Biochemistry and Pharmacology from The University of Melbourne. Her doctoral studies, in Dr. Leann Tilley’s lab, were on the cellular machinery of the malaria parasite. She also holds a masters degree in Polymer Chemistry and Physics from The University of Science and Technology of China, and a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Lanzhou University. Outside of work, Jiahong enjoys reading, hiking, taking walks, cooking, and trying new cuisines.
Sway Chen profile photo

Sway Chen, Postdoctoral Fellow - Garrett Lab

Sway joined the department in June, 2023.  She is a Gastroenterology Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital, has joined the Garrett Lab. She is interested in the role of the gut microbiome in liver disease and metabolism. She completed her MD/PhD at Columbia University, working in the lab of Harris Wang, and Internal Medicine residency at MGH. Outside of work, Sway enjoys traveling, rock climbing, cooking, and crafting.
Jorge Amaya Romero, profile photo.

Jorge Amaya Romero, Visiting Graduate Student - Neafsey Lab

Jorge joined the department in April, 2023. He is originally from Colombia and came to us from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, where he did research on malaria mosquitoes in sub-Saharan Africa for his PhD dissertation. In the Neafsey Lab, he will expand his work on malaria, developing pipelines to analyze both vector and parasite data from South America. In his free time, Jorge enjoys classical music, reading, and hiking.
Merryn Fraser, profile photo.

Merryn Fraser, Postdoctoral Fellow - Duraisingh Lab

Merryn joined the department in April, 2023. Originally from regional Australia, she recently completed her PhD on malaria and lipid biology at the Australian National University, in partnership with Humboldt University Berlin. In the Duraisingh lab she will be using genetic approaches to explore and discover human proteins which are important during malaria infection. She likes exploring new places, climbing, playing board games, and various arts and crafts.
Ruth Lappalainen profile photo.

Ruth Lappalainen, Visiting Graduate Student - Duraisingh Lab

Ruth joined the department in April, 2023. She completed her BSc at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm where she worked on developing stop codon suppression techniques to understand the stem cell epigenome. Currently she is working on her Masters in Biochemistry in Switzerland at ETH Zürich. In the Duraisingh lab she will begin her project on epigenetics and histone lactylation in P. falciparum. In her free  time she enjoys cross country skiing and playing the banjo.
Adrian Mehrtash profile photo

Adrian Mehrtash, Postdoctoral Fellow - Duraisingh Lab

Adrian joined the department in March, 2023 to study the apicomplexan cell cycle. He earned his B.S. from St. Mary’s University, Texas and his Ph.D in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCDB) from Yale University. His doctoral research focused on the molecular machinery responsible for detecting and removing misfolded proteins from the cell.Outside of the lab, Adrian enjoys biking, hiking, reading, and  learning history.
Angel Nikolov profile photo

Angel Nikolov, Postdoctoral Fellow - Fortune Lab

Angel joined the department in March, 2023. He has worked on regulatory RNAs during his Ph.D. studies and will focus on antibodies during his time at The Chan School. He is particularly interested in engineering known antibodies against Mtb in a way so that they can improve bacterial restriction and potentially be used as therapeutics, or as the basis for novel vaccine strategies.
Jeswin Joseph profile photo

Jeswin Joseph, Postdoctoral Fellow - Corbett Lab

Jeswin joined the department in March, 2023. He completed his doctoral research in Virology from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, on the study of highly pathogenic emerging RNA viruses including coronaviruses and flaviviruses, using pseudotyped viruses and recombinant envelope proteins. He holds Masters and Bachelors degrees in Microbiology and is a recipient of various Indian scholarships. Jeswin devotes the majority of his spare time on outdoor and indoor sports and enjoys exploring diverse cuisines and places.
Anne-Fleur Fahner profile photo

Anne-Fleur Fahner, Visiting Graduate Student - Garrett Lab

Anne-Fleur  joined the department in February, 2023. She is a second year MSc student in Biomedical Science specializing in immunology and infectious diseases at VU University Amsterdam. To complete her master’s thesis, she is visiting the Garratt lab as a research intern. She is also enrolled in the MSc Management, Policy Analysis, and Entrepreneurship at VU University Amsterdam, as she is convinced that a combination and improved collaboration of research and entrepreneurship may spur medical progress. She has previously completed two other research internships at the University Hospital of Zurich and is very excited to now join the Garrett lab! Outside of work, she enjoys nature and outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, climbing, and swimming, and is always ready to try something new. She enjoys exploring new sites and looks forward to biking her way around Boston. She has a great passion for music and loves to sing.
Kirstin Roster profle photo

Kirstin Roster, Postdoctoral Fellow - Grad Lab

Kirstin returned to the department in February, 2023. She recently completed her PhD in Computational Mathematics at the University of São Paulo, where she applied machine learning and causal inference methods to study the spread of vector-borne diseases in Brazil. Prior to her PhD studies, Kirstin was a data scientist at the World Bank Group and has worked on international development projects in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia.
Federico Appetecchia

Fecerico Appetecchia, Postdoctoral Fellow - Cattaruccia Lab

Federico returned to the department in February, 2023. He studied at La Sapienza University of Rome in Rome, Italy where he earned a doctoral degree in Medicinal Chemistry and a master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technologies. During his doctoral studies, he designed novel compounds active as anti-inflammatory drugs and antimalarials and spent a year in the Catteruccia lab where he gained expertise in malaria biology, assay development, and related methods. At the Harvard Chan, his research will focus on the discovery of new drugs and new malaria transmission-blocking interventions. During his spare time, Federico enjoys travelling, doing outdoor activities, and learning new things.
Debanjan Mukherjee profile photo

Debanjan Mukherjee, Postdoctoral Fellow - Duraisingh Lab

Debanjan joined the department in October, 2022. He is on a journey to be part of new discoveries in the field of biological sciences, with a special interest in the field of malaria. He has been doing extensive research in the field of malaria for the past 10 years. This commitment has made him travel across half the globe. Most recently, he finished his PhD in Maria Mota’s laboratory at Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Lisbon, working on host-microbiota interactions during severe malaria. At The Chan School he will work on understanding red-blood-cell (RBC) determinants that dictate P,falciparum parasite virulence. Outside of the lab he likes to paint and cook exotic dishes. He is addicted to playing tennis, padel and reading books.
Oleksandr Hulai profile photo

Oleksandr Hulai, Visiting Scientist - Catteruccia Lab

Oleksandr joined the department in October, 2022. He has extensive university teaching experience at universities in Ukraine as well as researching the ecology of infectious pathogens. He has two masters degrees. One in veterinary medicine and another in science education. He also holds a PhD in ecology. Outside of work, he likes to spend time in nature and is interested in history.
Melodi Anahtar profile photo

Melodi Anahtar, Visiting Scientist - Neafsey Lab

Melodi joined the department in October, 2022. She comes from MIT, where she recently completed her PhD training (in the Harvard-MIT HST Program) and a subsequent post-doc in Sangeeta Bhatia’s lab. Her research involved creating novel urine- and breath-based nanotechnologies to diagnose respiratory diseases such as community-acquired pneumonia and lung cancer. Her interests in bioengineering, infectious disease, and climate change have brought her to HSPH. Outside of lab, Melodi likes to lounge with her dog, read, knit, go to concerts, play bar trivia, and spend time outdoors.
QinQin Yu profile photo

QinQin Yu, Postdoctoral Fellow - Grad Lab

QinQin joined the department in September, 2022. She is interested in studying how pathogens evolve and spread across time and space to help inform public health policy. She recently completed her PhD in physics from UC Berkeley studying the evolutionary dynamics of laboratory microbial populations and SARS-CoV-2. In the past, she co-led an initiative to develop affordable hands-on science teaching labs and curricula in Rwanda and was a National Science Policy Network fellow with the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics, and Policy. She received her B.S. in physics from MIT.  QinQin enjoys playing chamber music, spending time outdoors, cooking, and has recently been rediscovering her interest in visual arts.
Charlotte Switzer profile photo

Charlotte Switzer, Postdoctoral Fellow - Fortune Lab

Charlotte joined the department in September, 2022. She came to HSPH after completing her PhD at McMaster University in Canada, in the labs of Dr. Mark Loeb and Dr. Matt Miller. Her work focused on immunoepidemiology and correlates of protection in influenza-vaccinated children. Prior to her PhD, she held a research fellowship with the United Nations, and worked in pharmacoepidemiology and clinical trials analysis for Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of the Sanofi Aventis group.  She loves to spend time outdoors and exploring, especially running or hiking. She also loves learning new things, trying new activities, and meeting new people!
Connor Payne profile photo

Connor Payne, Postdoctoral Fellow - Wirth Lab

Connor joined the department in September, 2022. He has a strong chemical biology background, specializing in organic chemistry, biochemistry, and assay development. He holds a PhD in Chemistry & Chemical Biology from Harvard University and a BS in Chemistry from the University of Vermont.  During his spare time, Connor enjoys golf, fishing, and going to the beach to read a good book.
Katelyn Brenneman profile photo

Katelyn Brenneman - Postdoctoral Fellow, Wirth Lab

Kate joined the department in July, 2022. She comes to HSPH after recently completing her PhD. Her previous research focused on studying the impact that antimalarial drug resistance has on the fitness of Plasmodium falciparum parasites. She holds a PhD in Biological Sciences from Notre Dame and a BA in Molecular Biology/Biochemistry from Goshen College. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer, walking her dog, watching sports, and reading.
Christian Dzuvor

Christian Dzuvor - Postdoctoral Fellow, Corbett Lab

Christian joined the department in June, 2022. He will be working on vaccine and antibody therapeutic development against coronaviruses and other relevant emerging viruses. He is a recent PhD graduate from Monash University, Australia and holds a BSc (Hons) from KNUST, Ghana. During his PhD, he worked on Engineering protein-based nanomaterials for biomedical applications (Antibacterials, multivalent therapeutics and vaccines). His research interest and background lie in Vaccinology, Emerging Infectious diseases, Viral immunology, Nanotechnology, Protein and Biomedical engineering. In his free time, Christian enjoys outdoor activities, sightseeing, jogging, watching/playing soccer and watching tennis.
Doaa Megahed

Doaa Megahed - Research Scientist, Fortune Lab

Doaa Megahed (aka Douaa Mugahid) joined the department in June, 2022. She comes to Sarah Fortune’s lab and the department after an editorial career at Nature Communications, where she served the computational and systems biology community and, occasionally, digital health. Prior to that she was a postdoc at the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School, where she used a variety of methods to understand the role of YAP as a regulator of non-cell autonomous signaling in the liver and in cultured cells, touching on regeneration and NASH/NAFLD along the way. As a graduate student at Heidelberg University and the Max Delbrueck Center in Germany she used multi-omics to study how hibernating bears avoid the loss of muscle mass. Immunology was one of her favorite undergrad courses, but -by today’s standards- she knows very little about the topic and even less about microbes (unless we’re talking E. coli). She’s thrilled to be learning more about both topics and is always happy to share t houghts on systems and computational biology, as well as science communication, among other things.Besides her role as a researcher, Doaa is passionate about education and mentorship, which is why she serves as Chief Editor and COO of Maqal 3elmy, an initiative that makes science accessible to the Arab world through pop-science pieces on social media. Which is a good time to mention that Doaa is originally from Egypt. She looks forward to being part of such an interdisciplinary and collegial department focused on improving health outcomes for all of humankind, better still, by using Big Data.
Jason Olejarz

Jason Olejarz - Research Associate, Grad Lab

Jason joined the department in May, 2022. He earned a B.S. in Physics from UMass Dartmouth and a Ph.D. in Physics from Boston University. He has previously worked as a researcher at Harvard University in the Departments of Math and Biology. He has experience with various problems of applied math.
Chiara Tammaro

Chiara Tammaro - Visiting Graduate Student, Catteruccia Lab

Chiara joined the department in March, 2022. She is a PhD student at Sapienza University of Rome with lab experience in organic synthesis of different chemical compounds. While visiting the Catteruccia lab she will screen potential activity of several chemical compounds that interrupt Plasmodium falciparum development.
Shifan Wang

Shifan Wang - Postdoctoral Fellow, Catteruccia Lab

Shifan joined the department in March, 2022. He came to HSPH after studying Agricultural Vector Biology for six years. He holds a Ph.D. from the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Outside of work, Shifan enjoys basketball, swimming, and other outdoor activities. Singing is also a favorite activity.
Sabrina Yahiya

Sabrina Yahiya - Visiting Graduate Student, Catteruccia Lab

Sabrina joined the department in January, 2022, and is completing her Ph.D. in Infectious Diseases Drug Discovery at Imperial College London. Her work has centered around developing a series of antimalarial drugs that block parasite transmission and developing a microscopy tool for the malaria research community. Beyond the world of malaria research, Sabrina devotes her time to baking, cooking and keeping active. Having studied her BS.c, M.Res and Ph.D., all in the UK, this is her very first time in the USA!

Kirstin Roster - Visiting Graduate Student, Grad Laboratory

Kirstin joined the department in January, 2022. She is a PhD Candidate in Computational Mathematics at the University of São Paulo, working at the intersection of data science and epidemiology to better understand the spread of vector-borne diseases in Brazil. Prior to her PhD studies, Kirstin spent four years at the World Bank Group and has worked on international development projects in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia.  Outside of work, Kirstin enjoys hiking, backpacking, camping, and spending time in nature.
Mathieu Vanhove

Mathieu Vanhove - Postdoctoral Fellow, Neafsey Lab

Mathieu joined the department in November, 2021. He is from France and completed his PhD in London on the ecology and epidemiology of Cryptococcus neoformans. As a population geneticist, he worked on various study systems, including the emerging plant pathogen, Xylella fastidiosa, the adaptation of the Cork Oak (Quercus suber) to climate change in the Mediterranean, and the study of gene flow of the common trout (Salmo trutta). He is working on molecular epidemiology of Plasmodium falciparum in South America.
Rossana Melo

Rossana Melo - Visiting Scientist, Garrett Lab

Rossana joined the department in October, 2021. She is a Professor of Cell Biology and research leader at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF), Brazil. Her research is primarily in cellular mechanisms underlying inflammation during infectious diseases and immunobiology of eosinophils. She is a specialist in cellular ultrastructure and has been applying innovative EM techniques to understand cell-cell interactions, vesicular trafficking, and secretion by cells of the immune system. With support from Harvard Lemann Brazil Research Fund, Rossana is collaborating with Professor Wendy Garrett and Professor Peter Weller to understand eosinophil’s responses to the SARS-CoV-2 infection. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Cell Biology from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil, and post-doctoral training from Harvard Medical School. Beyond the lab, she is a flamenco dancer in practice, a yoga enthusiast, and enjoys hiking and nature walking.
Raquel Lima

Raquel Lima-Cordon, Postdoctoral Fellow, Neafsey Lab

Raquel joined the department in October, 2021. She has a background in Infectious Diseases, relative to Chagas disease. Her dissertation addressed studies of the three players of Chagas Disease in Central America. The first study highlighted the importance of considering local conditions for vector control success. The second highlighted that undescribed vector species represent a challenge to vector control strategies. The third study showed three major genetic lineages circulating across North and Central America that are distinct from South America. This finding is fundamental not only for drug development, but to develop accurate diagnostic tools and for understanding clinical outcomes of the disease in the region. In her non-academic time, Raquel enjoys spending time with her two kids, baking, and playing with LEGOs.
Emre Aksoy

Emre Aksoy - Postdoctoral Fellow, Catteruccia Lab

Emre joined the department in February, 2021 to work on mosquito reproduction. He completed his BS and MSc at the University of Connecticut and has just recently finished his PhD from the Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics Program at the University of California, Riverside this past December. In his spare time, Emre likes staying active by skiing, mountain hiking and playing ice hockey. He also enjoys rooting for all the Boston sports teams.
Federico Appetecchia

Federico Appetecchia - Visiting Graduate Student, Catteruccia Lab

Federico joined the department in February, 2021. He studied pharmaceutical chemistry at La Sapienza – University of Rome and defines himself as a Medical Chemist. He’s currently in the second year of his international Ph.D. program researching molecular design and characterization for the promotion of health and well-being, from drug to food. So far he has focused on the development of new antitubercular and anticancer drugs. Outside of work he enjoys outdoor activities like riding motorcycles and travelling
Wesley Wong

Wesley Wong - Research Scientist, Wirth Lab

Wes returned to HSPH and the Wirth Lab, in January 2021, after completing his postdoc at the Institute for Disease Modeling and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He is interested in evolutionary epidemiology and combines population genomics with mechanistic mathematical models to unite clinical field data with population genetic and epidemiology theory. After a brief stint in the genomic epidemiology of poliovirus, he is excited to return and apply his newly learned modeling techniques to tackling malaria population genetics. Outside of the lab, he likes trying new foods, hanging out with friends, and playing video games. He has recently acquired a surprising interest in cooking due to being stuck inside during the pandemic. Click on Wes’s name to email him.
Philipp Schwabl

Philipp Schwabl - Postdoctoral Fellow, Neafsey Lab

Philipp joined IID in September, 2020, following his PhD in Molecular Genetics at the University of Glasgow, where he used population genomic approaches to explore the ecology and evolution of important human parasites such as Trypanosoma cruzi and Leishmania infantum in Latin America. Philipp also has extensive experience in field-based avian eco-physiological research. He completed his MSc on endocrine function in rain-forest birds of Ecuador and his BSc on fairy-wren physiology in fire-prone savannas of Australia following eight years of research on avian reproductive strategies in Venezuela. Philipp enjoys swimming, bicycling, camping, bird-watching, and most other outdoor activities. He also loves playing soccer and watching his home team, FC Bayern, taking all other teams apart. Click here to email Philipp.
Chelsea Morroni

Chelsea Morroni - Research Associate, BHP

Chelsea joined HSPH in February, 2020 as Research Associate at the Botswana Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership (BHP) in Gaborone, Botswana. Chelsea is a medical doctor and epidemiologist who has lived and worked in southern Africa for over 20 years; in Botswana for the last seven. She is a Reader in International Sexual and Reproductive Health at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and Deputy Director of the UK Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare’s Clinical Effectiveness Unit. In Botswana, she directs the Botswana Sexual and Reproductive Health Research Initiative, which focuses on the prevention of unintended pregnancy through improved contraception and safe abortion care and on improving the diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections. Outside of work, Chelsea spends her time driving and camping across Southern Africa with her family. Click here to email Chelsea.
Aditya C Bandekar

Aditya Bandekar - Postdoctoral Fellow, Grad Lab

Adi joined the department in May, 2020. He came to IID from the Department of Microbiology & Physiological Systems at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he did his doctoral work with Dr. Chris Sassetti, studying Mycobacterium tuberculosis cell cycle physiology. Prior to coming to the U.S. to pursue his Ph.D. dream, Adi received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees studying agricultural microbiology. Outside of work, Adi is an avid swimmer and aspiring triathlete who, thanks to his Indian heritage, enjoys cricket and the occasional cup of chai. Click here to email Adi.
Annie Laws

Annie Laws - Visiting Scientist, Neafsey Lab

Annie joined the department in January, 2020. She comes to HSPH after a year of living at 12,000ft in the Peruvian Andes as a research project manager for Johns Hopkins University. She has been involved in public health program development, quality improvement work, and research coordination for the last 6 years and holds an MPH in epidemiology from Boston University. Originally from the vast flatlands of Illinois, you will find her hiking in the mountains as much as possible. She is a novice salsa dancer, medium skilled cellist, and expert at making pie crust. Click here to email Annie.
Deus Ishengoma

Deus Ishengoma - Visiting Scientist, Wirth Lab

Deus joined the department in January, 2020. He joins HSPH with a strong background in genomic epidemiology of malaria. He spent over 20 years conducting malaria research in Tanzania, focusing on antimalarial drug resistance and surveillance of parasite population in areas transitioning from high to low malaria transmission. He has also been involved in different capacity, building programs with the aim of training and retaining a critical mass of African researchers and establishing laboratories for generating genomics data in-country. Deus holds a Bachelor and Master of Veterinary Medicine from Sokoine University in Tanzania, and a PhD from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. Deus likes dancing particularly African music, travelling, business, innovation and spending time with family. Click here to email Deus.
Peter Culviner

Peter Culviner - Postdoctoral Fellow, Fortune Lab

Peter joined the department in November, 2019. He comes to HSPH from a background in bacteriology and RNA biology. He recently completed his doctoral work at the Laub lab at MIT where he focused on bacterial toxin-antitoxin systems. Outside of the lab, Peter enjoys cooking, running, sailing, coding side projects, and video games. Click here to email Peter.
Michael Chao

Michael Chao - Research Scientist, Fortune Lab

Mike re-joined the department in November, 2019. He did both his graduate and post-doctoral research at Harvard, and then took a 4 year detour to help launch the journal, Nature Microbiology, as a manuscript editor. He now returns as a Project Manager in the Fortune Lab, where he will be coordinating IMPAcTB, an international, multi-institution project that aims to identify and characterize mechanisms of host protection against tuberculosis across animal models and human patient cohorts. When not juggling projects, he enjoys hiking, cooking and sleeping. Click here to email Mike.

Qingyun Liu - Postdoctoral Fellow, Fortune Lab

Qingyun joined the department in September, 2019. He completed his Ph.D. in Qian Gao’s laboratory at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. He is a bioinformatician with research skills in genomics and population genetics. In his previous position he studied the within-host evolution of M. tuberculosis during antibiotic treatment and the origin and evolution of M. tuberculosis in China. In the Fortune Lab he is studying the interaction between host and bacterial genotypes. In his free time he enjoys running, climbing, and traveling. Click here to email Qingyun.
Anaclara Pincelli

Anaclara Pincelli - Visiting Graduate Student, Duraisingh Lab

Anaclara joined the department in September, 2019. She is visiting from Brazil where she is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of São Paulo. During her masters studies she researched the impact of malaria on the health of mothers and babies from the Western Amazon. In the Duraisingh lab she is investigating the biological activity of anti – P. vivax mother IgG antibodies. Outside of the lab, Anaclara enjoys being close to nature, knitting, movies, and dancing. Click here to email Anaclara.
Daisy Ji profile photo

Daisy Ji - Postdoctoral Fellow, Rubin Lab

Daisy  joined the lab in September, 2019. She is a recent graduate from University of California, Berkeley, where she worked on host immune responses against Mycobacterium tuberculosis. She has switched gears and is studying bacterial physiology in the Rubin lab. In her free time she enjoys traveling and eating pastries! Click here to email Daisy.
Jake Rosenberg profile photo

Jake Rosenberg - Postdoctoral Fellow - Fortune Lab

Jake  joined the department in July, 2019. He is originally from Avon, Connecticut, and is currently a fellow in infectious diseases at Brigham and Mass General. He began his postdoc working on a project using single cell sequencing of the tuberculosis granuloma to better understand the cell types involved in tuberculosis control, in the Fortune Lab.  For fun, he enjoys road biking, running, and skiing. Click here to email Jake.
Hannah Cornwell profile photo

Hannah Cornwell - Sr. Research & Facility Manager, Cattaruccia Lab

Hannah joined the department in August, 2019.  She comes to this new position with a strong background in agricultural entomology. She worked for the United States Department of Agriculture for 8 years, and holds an MSc in Entomology from the University of Florida, and a BS in Ecology from SUNY empire. Outside of work, Hannah enjoys outdoor activities, crafting, practicing the ukulele, pickling things, and bookstores. Click here to email Hannah.
Pankaj Pal

Pankaj Pal, Postdoctoral Fellow - Rubin Lab

Pankaj joined the department in July 2019. She received her MD/PhD from Washington University in St. Louis. During her PhD, she worked in Michael Diamond’s lab where she studied antibody protection against Chikungunya virus. She then completed her residency in Internal Medicine and is currently an Infectious Diseases fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess. In her spare time, she enjoys playing Frisbee, hiking, and spinning.
Xin Wang profile photo

Xin Wang, Postdoctoral Fellow - Fortune Lab

Xin joined the department in July 2019. He recently completed his PhD in Joel Ferundlich’s lab at Rutgers University – New Jersey Medical School. During his doctoral work he leveraged Bayesian model for novel anti-TB drug discovery and exploited chemical biology to understand mechanisms of the action of screen hits. In the Fortune lab he will leverage multiple techniques to study pathogenesis of M. tuberculosis. In his spare time he likes to hike, run (not at a marathon level, but trying!), cooking, and learning different languages. Click here to email Xin.
Slater Clay

Slater Clay, Postdoctoral Fellow - Garrett Lab

Slater joined the department in June, 2019. He recently completed his Ph.D. at the University of Glasgow, where he studied the role of regulatory T cells in shaping the CD4 T cell response to Salmonella. He is researching interactions between the gastrointestinal immune system and the microbiota. Outside of the lab Slater enjoys traveling, cycling, sailing and playing music. Click here to email Slater.
Joshua Vollrath

Joshua Vollrath, Visiting Graduate Student - Burleigh Lab

Joshua joined the department in May, 2019. He is a master’s student in Molecular Biotechnology at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, visiting the Burleigh lab for a 5-month long research internship. He graduated from the University of Mainz (Germany) with a B. Sc. in Molecular Biology. He is investigating the impact of ergosterol biosynthesis inhibitors (EBIs) on Trypanosoma cruzi amastigotes under various conditions, aiming to characterize selected mutant lines of the parasite. Outside the lab, Joshua enjoys hiking, running and cooking. Click here to email Joshua.
Mark Sullivan

Mark Sullivan, Postdoctoral Fellow - Rubin Lab

Mark joined the department in May, 2019. He recently completed his PhD at MIT studying cancer metabolism in Matt Vander Heiden’s lab, and he is excited to explore a new area of research in studying mycobacteria. Outside of lab, Mark enjoys hiking, playing music, reading, playing and watching sports, and will join literally any intramural sports team if asked. Click here to email Mark.
Daniel Nakatsu

Daniel Nakatsu, Postdoctoral Fellow - Garrett Lab

Daniel joined the department in May, 2019. He just completed his PhD at the Chinese University of Hong Kong Graduate Program in Medical Sciences, in the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics.  He grew up living in and traveling across the beautiful multicultural inner cities of Hong Kong, Osaka, and Toronto. His research interests focus on understanding the role of intestinal microbiota in colorectal cancer tumorigenesis through metagenomics and molecular biology. He looks forward to great research experiences here in the historical city of Boston. In his leisure time he enjoys playing Chopin’s piano works and keeping up with a core fitness routine. Click here to email Daniel.
Lucas Pagura profile photo

Lucas Pagura, Postdoctoral Fellow - Burleigh Lab

Lucas joined the department in March, 2019. He is from Argentina where he completed his Ph.D., in Biological Sciences, at the University of Rosario. While at the Burleigh Lab he will be studying intra-cellular Trypanosoma cruzi amastiagote – host cell interactions at the metabolic interface. He will use reverse genetics and biochemical approaches to study de novo fatty acid synthesis in the mammalian intra-cellular stage of T. cruzi.
In his free time he likes to be outdoors enjoying the sun with friends. He likes sports like running, swimming, and kayaking. He also enjoys music and photography. Click here to email Lucas.
Manuela Carrasquilla

Manuela Carrasquilla, Postdoctoral Fellow - Neafsey Lab

Manuela joined the department in February 2019 as a postdoctoral Fellow in the Neafsey Lab. She studied biology in Bogotá, Colombia, where she became interested in host-pathogen interactions. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge, focused in developing genetic tools to understand fitness costs associated with drug resistance mutations in the human malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum. In the Neafsey Lab, she will study parasite adaptations in South America. She used to go on long bike rides, host Latin American movie nights, and play bridge. Now she’s exploring new hobbies in Boston. Click here to email Manuela.
Adele Goldman-Pinkovich

Adele Goldman-Pinkovich, Postdoctoral Fellow - Burleigh Lab

Adele joined the department in February 2019. She received her Ph.D. from Technion Institute of Technology, in Israel where she researched the arginine transport and sensing system in Leishmania donovani parasites. During her Ph.D. and postdoctoral studies she investigated how parasites cope with host-inflicted arginine deprivation to maintain virulence. She is excited to join the Burleigh lab to study mechanisms of lipid acquisition by intracelluar T. cruzi parasites and their role in parasite-host interplay. Outside of the lab she enjoys spending quality time with her husband and two kids, getting to know Boston, cooking, swimming, watching a good movie, and a bit of painting and other crafts. Click here to email Adele.
Kayla Barnes

Kayla Barnes, Visiting Scientist - Sabeti Lab

Kayla joined the department in January, 2019. She is a postdoctoral fellow in the Sabeti Lab where she focuses on evolutionary genetics of both humans and pathogens. Kayla works primarily in Malawi where she focuses on identifying genetic determinants of rotavirus vaccine failure in children. Kayla has also been working on two genome-wide association studies of susceptibility to Ebola Virus Disease and Lassa fever as well as projects utilizing viral genomics to understand pathogen evolution of hemorrhagic fevers and arboviruses. Kayla’s postdoctoral work is supported by a Fogarty-NIH K01 fellowship, an ASTMH Shope fellowship and a Broad-Next 10 grant. She carried out her Ph.D. in Tropical Medicine at the Malawi-Liverpool Wellcome Trust Center in Blantyre Malawi and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine with Janet Hemingway and Charles Wondji. She identified a selective sweep in a main malaria mosquito due to insecticide pressure. She has also worked for Dyann Wirth, where she studied multiplicity of Plasmodium falciparum infection and helped analyze geographical variation and antimalarial drug resistance in P. falciparum isolates. Click here to email Kayla.
Bobby Brook Herrera

Bobby Brook Herrera, Visiting Scientist - Phyllis Kanki

Bobby joined the department in January, 2019. He is a co-founder and chief scientific officer at E25Bio (The Engine by MIT). E25Bio’s lab focuses on infectious disease immunology and diagnostic/software development. He will work with the Kanki lab to study the impact of Zika virus infection on pregnant women in Africa. He holds a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences in Public Health and a master’s degree in philosophy from Harvard. Prior to co-founding the company, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard Medical School. Outside of all things science, he enjoys traveling and reading. Click here to email Bobby.
Jun-Rong Wei

Jun-Rong Wei, Research Scientist - Fortune Lab

Jun joined the department in September 2018. She is working on projects aiming to identify the protective immune mechanism against tuberculosis infection. Her primary role is to build immunological expertise and set up high throughput immune correlate assays using various techniques including macrophage functional assessments, functional antibody profiling, and single-cell RNA seq analysis. Jun is originally from Taiwan. She came to U.S. for her postdoctoral training in the Rubin lab and then went to Novartis Infectious Diseases group for almost 6 years. Now she is back in the TB field and the HSPH community. Outside of works she likes playing ping-pong, hiking, reading, and being with families and friends. Click here to email Jun.
Christopher Uschnig

Christopher Uschnig, Research Associate - Wirth Lab

Christopher joined the department in October 2018. He works on a project that explores the use of biomarkers for the diagnosis of common infections in rural Africa. The project looks into how an assay that discriminates between malaria, bacterial, and viral infections can improve clinical decision making to prevent adverse treatment. Christopher will work collaboratively at the Broad Institute as part of the Infectious Disease Program with Bronwyn MacInnis. Christopher grew up, and also finished a part of his studies, in Austria. However, his passion for infectious diseases, immunology, and global health brought him back to Harvard for a third time. Previously he worked and studied, as a research scholar in immunology, at Harvard Medical School and at Harvard GSAS from 2012 to 2013. He returned to get an M.P.H. in Global Health from 2015 to 2016, here at The Harvard Chan School. Outside of work, Christopher likes hiking, visiting museums, botanical gardens, exploring and learning about different cultures, and photography. He always enjoys a pleasant discussion about world affairs with friends, which also helps him to better understand perceptions of people from different backgrounds. Click here to email Christopher.
Thais de Oliveira

Thais de Oliveira, Visiting Graduate Student -Neafsey Lab

Thais joined the department in September, 2018. She is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil and is visiting the Neafsey Lab at the Harvard Chan School and the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT.
While visiting Harvard, she will be working with whole-genome sequencing of Plasmodium species, such as P. vivax, P. falciparum, and less common P. malarie and P. simium. The projects are all about population genomics and epidemiology, together with evidence of selective pressure in drug resistance genes. She will also work with tracing the origin of this species. Click here to email Thais.
Novalia Pishesha

Novalia Pishesha, Postdoctoral Fellow - Duraisingh Lab

Nova joined the department in September, 2018. Originally from Indonesia, she is currently a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. Jointly co-advised by Manoj Duraisingh at the Harvard School of Public Health and Aviv Regev at the Broad Institute, she is working to develop novel tools to study and tackle vivax malaria. She recently completed her Ph.D. in Biological Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her thesis involved utilizing genetic and protein engineering techniques to generate high value, hyper-functional red blood cells (RBCs). She has employed these engineered RBCs for treating autoimmune diseases, providing long-lasting protection against lethal toxins, and treating hyperlipidemia. Beyond the bench, Nova can often be found attempting to re-create the delicious Indonesian food that she misses so much from home (with variable results =P). She also generally loves eating, traveling, and hunting Pokémon. Click here to email Nova.
Monika Pioro

Monika Pioro, Visiting Graduate Student - Rubin Lab

Monika was with the department for the month of August, 2018. A native of Poland, she is a Ph.D student at the Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy, Polish Academy of Sciences. She also participates in a scientific project at University of Wroclaw. Her project is focused on segrational protein ParA in M. smegmatis. In Dr. Rubin’s lab she will research Tn-Seq in M. smegmatis on two strains: wild type and parA deletion. In her free time she enjoys traveling and reading books.
Manish Kumar

Manish Kumar, Postdoctoral Fellow - Duraisingh Lab

Manish joined the department in August, 2018. He is working to understand the epigenetic regulation of malaria parasites. He completed his Ph.D. in Life Sciences at the Institute of Bioinformatics in Bangalore, India in 2017. During his doctoral studies he investigated blood meal induced differential gene expression in that fat body of Anopheles stephensi female mosquitoes by using mass spectrometry-based proteomic and phosphoproteomic analyses. In addition, he identified novel substrates of calcium dependent protein kinases in Plasmodium falciparum. In his spare time, he plays volleyball, watches movies, and spends time with family and friends. Click here to email Manish.
Jacob Tennessen

Jacob Tennessen, Research Associate - Duraisingh and Neafsey Labs

Jacob joined the department in August, 2018. His background is in computational evolutionary genetics across numerous species including snails, strawberries, frogs, and humans. He is joining the malaria research community, examining genomics of hosts and parasites. In his spare time he likes to bike, play the piano, and share his love of science on the internet. Click here to email Jacob.
Marc-Jan Gubbel

Marc-Jan Gubbel, Visiting Scientist - Duraisingh Lab

MJ was with the department from August to December 2018. He directs a research laboratory at Boston College focused on the apicomplexan parasite Toxoplasma gondii. His interests revolve broadly around how the cytoskeleton drives both host cell invasion and cell division in this group of parasites. Specific questions focus on how calcium sensor protein function in organelle exocytosis, how the cytoskeleton is assembled, how the contractile ring functions and why this ring is conserved upon completion of cell division. A combination of genetic and cell biological tools as well as in vitro evolution are used to answer these questions. In his spare time he likes to do home improvements projects, take the dog for a walk and go for long bicycle rides. Click here to email MJ.
Camila Tenorio Franca

Camila Tenorio Franca, Postdoctoral Fellow - Duraisingh Lab

Camila joined the department in July 2018. Sheinvestigates the activity and function of antibodies to Plasmodium vivax antigens and how this information can be used to identify new targets for the development of vaccines and therapeutic interventions. Originally from Brazil, Camilla has spent the last five years Down Under (a.k.a. Australia), studying naturally-acquired immunity to Plasmodium vivax and Plasmondium falciparum clinical disease in Papua New Guinean children. When not working, Camila enjoys spending time with her daughter at the pool, reading, and watching really bad Sci-Fi movies! Click here to email Camila.
Charles Dulberger

Charles Dulberger, Postdoctoral Fellow - Rubin Lab

Charlie joined the department in April 2018. He is using high resolution microscopy, structural methods and genetics to study the inner workings of mycobacteria and the molecular mechanisms they employ to evade immune recognition and destruction. Charlie completed his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at the University of Chicago in the laboratory of Prof Erin Adams where he studied the molecular landscapes of MHC class I molecules and the mechanisms by which they present antigen to T cells and NK cells. In his free time he plays soccer and spends as much time outdoors as possible. He is also an avid horticulturalist and ecologist. Click here to email Charlie.
Niranjan Kanesa

Niranjan Kanesa-thasan, Visiting Scientist - Wirth Lab

Niranjan joined the department in April 2018. He is a global medical executive with a successful record in vaccine research and development. He has worked in industry, government and academia, with a focus on medical countermeasures for epidemic/pandemic and emerging infectious diseases. Niranjan will be working with HSPH and HGHI on a new Vaccines Initiative. He likes the outdoors, reading, music and travel. Click here to email Niranjan.
Duo Peng

Duo Peng, Postdoctoral Fellow - Catteruccia Lab

Duo joined the department in February 2018. He is investigating the interplay of reproductive biology and the transmission of malaria in Anopheles mosquitoes. He has a Ph.D. in Cellular Biology and an M.S. in Bioinformatics from the University of Georgia where he studied Trypanosoma cruzi. Outside of the lab, Duo likes to hike, play racquetball, tennis, and badminton. Click here to email Duo.
Anosha Meyers

Anosha Meyers, Visiting Scientist - Duraisingh Lab

Anosha joined the department in February 2018. She is an undergraduate student obtaining her BSc from Maastricht University in the Netherlands. During her studies she has authored a journalistic article on the Schmallenberg virus for Resonance magazine, a publication of the Indian Academy of Sciences. At HSPH she is working on her bachelor’s thesis in malaria. Her research focuses on invasion determinants of malaria infection. Beyond her studies, she enjoys horseback riding and exercising. She is often inspired by books, art, and yoga. Click here to email Anosha.
Sena Bae

Sena Bae, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow - Garrett Lab

Sena joined the Garrett Lab in January 2018. She is from Seoul, South Korea where she has been working on development of a genetic analysis tool for genetically intractable microbes and tested it with a gut microbe strain.Her work here will be focused on identification of host-microbe-metabolite interaction. Click here to email Sena.
Stephen Kissler

Stephen Kissler, Ph.D., Visiting Scientist - Grad Lab

Stephen joined the Grad lab in January 2018. He is currently based at the University of Cambridge, where he recently completed his PhD. His work will focus on monitoring the spread of Neisseria gonorrhoeae in urban settings using partner identification data and whole-genome pathogen sequencing. When not thinking about infectious diseases, he’s likely to be running, reading short fiction, or playing music on something with strings. Click here to email Stephen.

Junhao Zhu, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow - Rubin Lab

Junhao joined the department in November, 2017. He is from Peking, China where he completed his PhD in Babak Javid’s lab at Tsinghua University. During his PhD studies he worked on how protein mistranslation and the specific expression of RNA polymerases contribute to rifampicin tolerance in mycobacteria. As a postdoc he will be working on molecular mechanisms which determine the homeostasis of targeted proteolysis in mycobacteria. Outside of the lab, Junhao enjoys basketball, cycling, and spending tons of time in the kitchen. Click here to email Junhao.

Giulia Venditti, M.S., Visiting Graduate Student - Rubin Lab

Giulia was with the department from November, 2017 to April, 2018. She is a PhD student from the Sapienza, University of Rome in Italy. She has worked on design and synthesis of different antimycobacterial compounds. During her six-month stay in the Rubin Lab she worked on identifying the target of one of these series of molecules and their potential use in combination with known antibiotics. Outside of the lab, she enjoys travelling,visiting museums and parks during her trips. And she loves cats.

Rebecca Lee, Ph.D., M.Res, Postdoctoral Fellow - Duraisingh Lab

Rebecca joined the department in November, 2017. She is from Glasgow, Scotland where she completed her MRC funded 3.5yr Ph.D with Prof Andy Waters and Prof Jim Brewer. Her research focused on the interactions of Plasmodium berghei with the murine host’s erythropoietic tissue. In her spare time she enjoys Ruby, country walks, good whisky and afternoon tea with friends. Click here to email Rebecca.

Tim Straub, M.Sc., Visiting Scientist - Neafsey Lab

Tim joined the department in October, 2017. He is an associate computational biologist visiting from the Broad Institute’s Genomic Center for Infectious Diseases, where he assists the Parasite and Vector Genomics group and the Bacterial Genomics group with various research projects, with a focus on large genomics and transcriptomics datasets. He has worked on everything from single-cell Plasmodium RNA-seq to comparative genomics of Enterococcus. In his free time, he likes to hike with his golden retriever, Fenway, and Tim can occasionally be found touring local breweries with Fen in tow. Click here to email Tim.

Tobias Apinjoh, Ph.D., M.Sc., Visiting Scientist - Wirth Lab

Tobias joined the department in October, 2017. He is a visiting Fullbright Fellow from the University of Buea, Cameroon. He is investigating the genomic diversity of Plasmodium falciparum in natural populations along the slope of Mount Cameroon, with the aim to contribute to malaria control and inform future drug/vaccine trials. With his background and training in Biochemistry and research experience in field epidemiology, he is quite eager to establish a molecular epidemiology group, focusing on malaria and other infectious diseases. In his spare time he loves watching football and action movies and enjoys spending time with family and friends. Click here to email Tobias.

Tatos Akopian, Ph.D., Sc.D., Research Scientist - Fortune and Rubin Labs

Tatos joined the department in October, 2017. He is an experienced scientist with a strong background in Protein Biochemistry. He was responsible for the purification and characterization of various enzymes and assay development for HTS purposes in several Drug Research companies (Wyath, Genetics, AstraZeneca). He has also worked for a long time in Academia and is the author of many articles on proteases from various sources.
For the last 7 years he and his colleagues from HMS and HSPH succeeded in purifying and reconstructing an active Clp degradative system (constituted from protease ClpP1P2, and corresponding ATPases ClpX and ClpC1), which is essential for viability and infectivity of Mtb. Together with colleagues, Tatos determined substrate specificity of ClpP1P2 proteolytic core which allowed to design new peptide boronate inhibitors of Mtb growth (patent pending). He is now involved in screening of a variety of libraries to get new compounds active against Mtb. Click here to email Tatos.

Olga Kandror, Ph.D., M.S., Research Scientist - Fortune and Rubin Labs

Olga joined the department in October, 2017. She was an instructor of Cell Biology at HMS for many years, focusing on the mechanisms of protein folding and degradation in bacteria. She supervised and trained numerous students and postdoctoral fellows in their research. Lately, the major focus of her research has been mycobacterial Clp proteolytic system. All members of Clp system are essential for viability and infectivity in mycobacteria and thus represent a highly attractive drug target. Together with colleagues from HMS and HSPH she isolated and characterized all components of this system: ClpP1P2 protease core and corresponding ATPases ClpX and ClpC1. At HSPH she is planning to continue working towards understanding of structure and functioning of Clp proteolytic system and on identifying small molecule inhibitors that can be used in drug development against Mtb. Click here to email Olga.

Caitlin Spaulding, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow - Fortune Lab

Caitlin joined the department in September, 2017. She recently completed her Ph.D. in Scott Hultgren’s lab at Washington University in St. Louis. During her graduate work, she studied a family of adhesive pili that promote intestinal colonization by uropathogenic E. coli (UPEC) and worked to develop small-molecule ligand antagonists that target these pili and block UPEC-host interactions. As a postdoc in Sarah Fortune’s lab, she is studying tuberculosis and the mechanism(s) underlying Mycobacterium tuberculosis pathogenesis. In her spare time, Caitlin enjoys biking, hiking, climbing, and loving on her dog, Moose. Click here to email Caitlin.

Daniel Abernathy, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow - Catteruccia Lab

Danny joined the department in September, 2017. He recently completed his Ph.D. in Andrew Yoo’s Lab at Washington University in St. Louis. For his thesis work, he explored the neurogenic potential of the two brain-enriched miRNA’s, miR-9/9*- and miR-124. This work was then leveraged to directly reprogram human skin cells into motor neurons. At HSPH, he is examining the neural and molecular mechanisms underlying the postmating switch in Anopheles in Flaminia Caterruccia’s lab. Outside of lab, Danny enjoys spending time outdoors hunting, camping, climbing and cycling. He also loves Moose, even more than Caitlin, as evidenced through the inclusion of Moose in his picture. Click here to email Danny.

Takahiro Ishizaki, B.Sc., Visiting Graduate Student - Duraisingh Lab

Takahiro was with the department from September to October, 2017. He is from Nagasaki, Japan, where he is a Ph.D. student at Nagasaki University. His background is in veterinary medicine and he works with bovine babesiosis. Currently he is focusing on the hematopoetic stem cell differentiation to elucidate the parasite RBC’s invasion mechanism. In the Duraisingh lab he studied human hematopoetic stem cell culture. Outside of the lab he likes playing darts, sports, climbing, parkour running, and watching football.

Marko Järvenpää, M.Sc., Visiting Graduate Student - Grad Lab

Marko was with the department from September to November, 2017. He is from Espoo, Finland where he is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Computer Science at Aalto University. His work consists mainly of developing novel Bayesian statistical methods to fit computationally costly simulation models to data, and applying these techniques to various applications in population genetics. While visiting the Grad lab, he used his background in probabilistic modelling and Bayesian statistics to understand the variation of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) genomes in patients. In his spare time he likes to cycle and hike. He also enjoys reading and spending time at his summer house.

Tatum Mortimer, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow - Grad Lab

Tatum joined the department in September, 2017. She is using genomic techniques to understand transmission and antibiotic resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Tatum completed her PhD in Microbiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In her free time, she reads, bakes, and plays with her dog. She also enjoys yoga and ballet. Click here to email Tatum.

Aabha Sharma, Ph.D., M.P.H., Postdoctoral Fellow - Wirth Lab

Aabha joined the department in July, 2017. She is working on molecular characterization of drug resistance in Plasmodium falciparum. She completed her PhD and MPH from Northwestern University Driskill Graduate Program in Life Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine. She is passionate about mentorship (especially for women), teaching, and scientific communication especially in the realm of global public health. In her free time, she likes cooking new recipes, practicing yoga, and following local and international politics. Click here to email Aabha.

Christopher Itoh, M.H.S., Visiting Scientist - Fortune Lab

Chris joined the department in May, 2017. He is a second year medical student from University of California, Davis, now at the Harvard School of Public Health as a Howard Hughes Medical Research Fellow. Before medical school, he completed his masters in Reproductive and Cancer Biology at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He is working in Sarah Fortune’s lab to develop a method to perform in-situ hybridization in Mycobacterium tuberculosis residing inside macrophages. Outside of lab, he likes to cook (focusing on French and Japanese cuisine) and pretend to be a food critic when checking out restaurants. Click here to email Chris.

Victoria Ingham, MS.c., Ph.D., Visiting Scientist - Catteruccia Lab

Vicky was with the department from May, 2017 to March, 2018. She is a postdoctoral fellow at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, where she is part of the vector biology group, focusing on insecticide resistance in Anopheles gambiae, a major malaria vector. She primarily works with transcriptomic data, identifying and characterizing insecticide resistance mechanisms and the associated regulation. She worked collaboratively with the Catteruccia lab. Her work here involved a novel approach to vector control, through disruption of a hormonal pathway by application of agonist compounds. Outside of work she likes to go hiking, read, and watch ‘soccer’.

Heverton Dutra, Ph.D., M.Sc., Postdoctoral Fellow - Catteruccia Lab

Heverton was with the departmentfrom March, 2017 to May, 2018. He is from Brazil and completed his Masters in 2014, characterizing the phenotypic effects of the endosymbiotic bacterium Wolbachia pipientis in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes as part of the Eliminate Dengue Program in his county. In 2017 he completed his Ph.D. demonstrating the ability of the wMel strain of Wolbachia to block currently circulating Zika virus isolates in Brazilian Ae. aegypti. In the Catteruccia Lab Heverton continued to work on the wonders of Wolbachia, evaluating the interplay between this genus of bacteria, Anopheles mosquitoes, and malaria transmission. Outside of the lab he likes to exercise, do geek-related activities, play the clarinet, travel to new places, and try all sorts of different food.

Simona Ferracchiato, Visiting Graduate Student - Catteruccia Lab

Simona was with the department from March, 2017 to December, 2018. She started her visit as a Ph.D. student from the University of Perugia, in Italy. After her defense she was a Postdoctoral Fellow. Her research is focused on understanding the molecular events underpinning reproduction in female mosquitos of Anopheles gambiae, the most important vector for the malaria-causing parasite, Plasmodium falciparum. In her spare time she likes reading books and attending cultural events like the theater. She also enjoys taking long walks outdoors and travelling.

Estela Shabani, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow - Duraisingh Lab

Estela joined the department in November, 2016. She got her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota where she studied host-pathogen interactions in pediatric severe malaria, under the mentorship of Chandy John. In the Duraisingh Lab she is studying host determinants that influence key life-cycle events in Plasmodium falciparum. In an ideal world (no monetary or time restrictions) Estela would enjoy traveling and learning languages. In the real world, she spends her free time running, kickboxing, watching sports, dancing, and listening to way too many podcasts! Click here to email Estela.