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.
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.
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.
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 Communications
Ali is a PhD 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
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
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.
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.