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 genome engineering and cell therapies.
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. In 2016 she was accepted into Harvard's Therapeutics Graduate Program to further focus on pharmacology, toxicology and drug discovery. 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.
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 Dr. Alex Toker, she is investigating the mechanism of resistance to therapeutic inhibitors in breast cancer.
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.
Director of Patent Law Course
Lin is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Cancer Immunology and Virology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Her current work in the lab of Dr. Harvey Cantor focuses on the discovery of novel genetic targets in the tumor immune microenvironment.
Director of DMS Lunch Series
Heather Landry is a PhD student in the Genetics department at Harvard Medical School. The goal of her thesis research in Dr. Stirling Churchman’s lab is to better understand the molecular dynamics of transcription and splicing in human cells.
Director of Site Visits
Radwa is a PhD candidate at Havard Medical School, working in the Infectious Diseases Division at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Her work focuses on mechanisms of HIV-1 control in a rare group of patients. In addition to bench work, she is interested in how host and pathogen sequences dictate phenotypes and cellular behavior. LinkedIn
Director of Communications
Emma is a PhD candidate in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program at Harvard Medical School. She is training in the lab of Dr. Constance Cepko, where she combines computational and genetic techniques to understand development of the neural retina.
Director of Social Media
Mona is a Master's student from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. She is currently performing her master's thesis at Brigham and Women's Hospital. In the Kuchroo lab she is focusing on the role of co-inhibitory receptors and their ligands in the regulation of autoreactive T cell responses.
Director of Communications
Ali is a Ph.D student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program at Harvard University. She is a member of the team developing a strain of Escherichia coli with a 57-codon genome in George Church’s lab.
Fadi is a PhD student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program at Harvard. His thesis work in the laboratory of Bradley Bernstein is centered on identifying and unraveling complex cancer dependencies. He holds an MBA from Case Western Reserve University and his previous patents and publications have recently resulted in the start-up of Convelo Therapeutics. Linkedin
Jon is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology at Harvard Medical School. After his thesis work with Dr. Daniel Portnoy at UC Berkeley, he is now in the lab of Dr. Michael Starnbach developing modern molecular tools in the genetically recalcitrant C. trachomatis as a strategy to better probe the host's T-cell response to chronic infections. LinkedIn
Stephanie is a PhD student from Germany working in the lab of Dr Galit Alter at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard in Cambridge. Her research focuses on the effects of priming and boosting in HIV vaccine trials on antibody properties in order to dissect the optimal profile for a preventive HIV vaccine
Mark Springel, VP of Activate
Mark is a PhD candidate in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program at Harvard Medical School. His research in the lab of Dr. David Ginty seeks to identify neural circuit mechanisms underlying perception of touch and pain.
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.
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
Vishal is a Research Assistant in Donald Ingber's Lab at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. He is currently working on high-throughput drug screening using whole organism-on-a-chip model to develop novel therapeutics for Sepsis and Rett syndrome.
Tristan is a PhD student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program at Harvard. He is currently rotating in the lab of Dr. Jason Buenrostro developing ATAC-seq based methods.
Andy is a bioinformatics Master's student at Harvard Extension School and a Special Student in Computer Science at the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He currently serves as a faculty aide in the lab of Jessica Whited, which studies limb and tissue regeneration in the axolotl salamander model
Yun Joon is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Urology at Boston Children’s Hospital and Department of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. His research is focusing on the deciphering the molecular mechanism of cystogenesis in autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) with the goal of developing novel therapeutic interventions. LinkedIn
Abir Yamak, PhD
Abir is a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School. Her research in Dr. Ibrahim Domian’s lab focuses on understanding the role of the Ubiquitin Proteasome System in the regulation of heart development and stress response. Previously, for her PhD in Dr. Mona Nemer’s lab at the University of Ottawa and McGill University/Clinical Research Institute of Montréal, she studied the transcriptional regulation of heart development and regeneration for cardiac therapy. LinkedIn