Executive team

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Soufiane Aboulhouda | President

Director of Activate and Ideation

Soufiane is a PhD Candidate in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program at Harvard. His research in the lab of Dr. George Church at the Wyss Institute is focused on multiplexed genome engineering and cell therapies.

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Hannah Goldberg | President

Director of Healthcare Innovation and Commercialization (HIC) Course

Hannah is a PhD student in the Harvard/MIT Speech Hearing Bioscience and Technology program. Her concentration in translational science has brought her to the Holt/Géléoc Lab to explore the effectiveness of gene therapy as an approach to restore auditory functioning in models of human deafness. 

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Jeff Haswell | Vice President

Director of Harvard Biotech Incubator (HBI)

Jeff is a PhD student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program at Harvard. His thesis work in Dr. Frank Slack’s lab focuses on developing CRISPR and TALEN gene editing techniques to target both coding and non-coding RNAs in human embryonic stem cells.

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Emily Cohen | Vice President

Senior Director of Programming

Emily is a postdoc in the Pathology Department at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In the laboratory of Alex Toker, she is investigating the mechanism of resistance to therapeutics inhibitors in breast cancer.

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Chairs

 
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Sophie Lockwood

Chair of Professional Development

Sophie is a PhD student in the Genetics and Complex Disease Department at Harvard School of Public Health. Her thesis work in the laboratory of Dr. Brendan Manning is focused on defining the mechanistic regulation and function of the Mammalian Target of Rapamycin (mTOR) signaling network

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Aseda Tena

Chair of Lecture-Based Learning

Aseda is a PhD student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences and Leder Translational Medicine program at Harvard University. Her research in the laboratory of Dr. Frederick Alt at Boston Children's Hospital focuses on identification and investigation of DNA break cluster genes in mouse and human neural progenitor cells through cell culture and genome-wide sequencing approaches.

 

Club Directors

Professional Development

Eileen Ablondi    Director of Alumni Lunch Series   Eileen is a PhD student in the Biological and Biomedical sciences program at Harvard. She works in Dr. Karen Adelman’s lab, where she investigates the relationships between transcription, chromatin remodeling, and enhancer activity.

Eileen Ablondi

Director of Alumni Lunch Series

Eileen is a PhD student in the Biological and Biomedical sciences program at Harvard. She works in Dr. Karen Adelman’s lab, where she investigates the relationships between transcription, chromatin remodeling, and enhancer activity.

Priscilla Cheung    Director of Site Visits   Priscilla is a PhD student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program at Harvard. Her research in the laboratory of Dr. Fernando Camargo is focused on understanding the mechanisms underlying the development of colorectal cancer.  Linkedin

Priscilla Cheung

Director of Site Visits

Priscilla is a PhD student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program at Harvard. Her research in the laboratory of Dr. Fernando Camargo is focused on understanding the mechanisms underlying the development of colorectal cancer. Linkedin

Molly McNamara    Director of Networking   Molly is a PhD candidate in the Genetics and Complex Diseases Department at Harvard School of Public Health. Her thesis work in the laboratory of Dr. Brendan Manning is focused on understanding the dysregulation of the PI3K-mTOR signaling network.

Molly McNamara

Director of Networking

Molly is a PhD candidate in the Genetics and Complex Diseases Department at Harvard School of Public Health. Her thesis work in the laboratory of Dr. Brendan Manning is focused on understanding the dysregulation of the PI3K-mTOR signaling network.


Liang Chang    Director of China Initiative   Liang is a PhD student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program Therapeutics Graduate Program at Harvard. In Dr. William Sellers lab at the Broad Institute, his research focuses on cancer genomics, functional genomics and therapeutic development.

Liang Chang

Director of China Initiative

Liang is a PhD student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program Therapeutics Graduate Program at Harvard. In Dr. William Sellers lab at the Broad Institute, his research focuses on cancer genomics, functional genomics and therapeutic development.

Lecture-Based Learning

Jonnell Small    Director of Amgen Seminar Series    Director of Communications   Jonnell is a PhD student in the Chemical Biology Program at Harvard. Her research in the laboratories of Dr. Bridget Wagner and Dr. Stuart Schreiber at the Broad Institute utilizes small molecules to interrogate and prevent type 2 diabetes associated pancreatic beta-cell dysfunction and death.

Jonnell Small

Director of Amgen Seminar Series

Director of Communications

Jonnell is a PhD student in the Chemical Biology Program at Harvard. Her research in the laboratories of Dr. Bridget Wagner and Dr. Stuart Schreiber at the Broad Institute utilizes small molecules to interrogate and prevent type 2 diabetes associated pancreatic beta-cell dysfunction and death.

Samantha Wong    Director of 101 Series   Sam is a PhD candidate in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program and part of the Leder Human Biology and Translational Medicine Program at Harvard. Her work in Marcia Haigis’ laboratory focuses on discovering new genetic regulators of fat metabolism, with a particular interest in identifying druggable targets to treat metabolic diseases like obesity and Type II diabetes.  LinkedIn

Samantha Wong

Director of 101 Series

Sam is a PhD candidate in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program and part of the Leder Human Biology and Translational Medicine Program at Harvard. Her work in Marcia Haigis’ laboratory focuses on discovering new genetic regulators of fat metabolism, with a particular interest in identifying druggable targets to treat metabolic diseases like obesity and Type II diabetes. LinkedIn

Alexander Sousa    Director of HBS Case Study Course   Alexander Sousa is a PhD student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program at Harvard Medical School. As a graduate student in the lab of Dr. David Liu at the Broad Institute, his research focuses on leveraging molecular evolution to advance genome editing technologies.

Alexander Sousa

Director of HBS Case Study Course

Alexander Sousa is a PhD student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program at Harvard Medical School. As a graduate student in the lab of Dr. David Liu at the Broad Institute, his research focuses on leveraging molecular evolution to advance genome editing technologies.

Nima Shamtoub    Director of Patent Law Course   2L from Los Angeles, California. He studied Biomedical Engineering at Washington U in St. Louis and graduated in 2018. During his time as an undergraduate he started a medical device company in which he developed two surgical tools. At Harvard he is the law school representative of the GSAS Harvard Biotechnology Club, the treasurer for the Harvard Health Law Society, president of biotechnology of the HLS Law and Technology Society, and a published contributor for the Journal of Law and Technology at Harvard Law School. He has experience in intellectual property litigation and will be doing IP and life sciences transactional work after graduating. He plans to continue developing his projects in engineering and biotech during his time as a student. He enjoys swimming, snowboarding, meditation, and chess.  nshamtoub@jd21.law.harvard.edu

Nima Shamtoub

Director of Patent Law Course

2L from Los Angeles, California. He studied Biomedical Engineering at Washington U in St. Louis and graduated in 2018. During his time as an undergraduate he started a medical device company in which he developed two surgical tools. At Harvard he is the law school representative of the GSAS Harvard Biotechnology Club, the treasurer for the Harvard Health Law Society, president of biotechnology of the HLS Law and Technology Society, and a published contributor for the Journal of Law and Technology at Harvard Law School. He has experience in intellectual property litigation and will be doing IP and life sciences transactional work after graduating. He plans to continue developing his projects in engineering and biotech during his time as a student. He enjoys swimming, snowboarding, meditation, and chess. nshamtoub@jd21.law.harvard.edu

Hands-On Training

Anthony Ayala    Junior Director of Healthcare Innovation and Commercialization (HIC) Course    Director of External Academic Relations   Anthony is a PhD student in the Harvard Chemistry and Chemical Biology program. His graduate work, under the direction of Dr. Nathanael Gray, focuses on the development of small molecule probes to investigate biological processes that drive cancer.

Anthony Ayala

Junior Director of Healthcare Innovation and Commercialization (HIC) Course

Director of External Academic Relations

Anthony is a PhD student in the Harvard Chemistry and Chemical Biology program. His graduate work, under the direction of Dr. Nathanael Gray, focuses on the development of small molecule probes to investigate biological processes that drive cancer.

 
Madalyn McFarland    Co-Director of Harvard Biotech Incubator (HBI)   Madalyn is a PhD student in the Biological Sciences in Public Health Program and Therapeutics Graduate Program at Harvard. Her thesis work in Dr. Barbara Burleigh’s lab focuses on the interactions of the pathogen  Trypanosoma cruzi  and its human host cell.  LinkedIn

Madalyn McFarland

Co-Director of Harvard Biotech Incubator (HBI)

Madalyn is a PhD student in the Biological Sciences in Public Health Program and Therapeutics Graduate Program at Harvard. Her thesis work in Dr. Barbara Burleigh’s lab focuses on the interactions of the pathogen Trypanosoma cruzi and its human host cell. LinkedIn


GENERAL Leadership

Emily Cohen

Mark Springel

Sherif Gerges

Tristan Tay

Ali Rudolph

Jefte Drijvers

Hanchen Zhao

Matthew Bauer

Kenta Mosallanejad

Patrice Groomes

Antonieta Salguero

Chris Wintersinger

Yen-Der Li

Jennifer Pena

Abir Yamak

Nima Shamtoub

Sophia Shalhout

Aarti Sathyanarayana

Iris Braunstein