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Rebecca Gibbs, President

Becca is a PhD student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program at Harvard. Her thesis work in the lab of Dr. Lee Rubin focuses on leveraging the regenerative potential of stem cells to develop novel treatments for muscle disorders.

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Kelly Girskis, President, Director of the Harvard Biotech Incubator

Kelly is a PhD student in the Program of Neuroscience at Harvard. Her thesis work in Dr. Christopher Walsh's lab focuses on how evolutionary changes in the human genome contribute to species-specific gene regulation and corticogenesis.

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.

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Radwa Sharaf, Director of Communications

Radwa is a PhD student in the Virology Program at Harvard. In the Kuritzkes lab at Brigham and Women's Hospital, she is looking into mechanisms of post-treatment control in HIV patients who interrupt antiretroviral therapy. 

 

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Daniel Selgrade, Director of Sponsorships

Daniel is a first year MMSc student in the Immunology Program at Harvard Medical School. His interests include systems biology, patent law, and translational medicine. 

Carmen Sivakumaren, Programming Team

Carmen is a PhD student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program at Harvard.  In the Gray Lab at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, she is currently delving into lipid kinase signaling inhibition and a synthetic lethal approach to cancer therapy.

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Azzitta Rahmani, Programming Team

Azzitta is a graduate student in the Biotechnology Management program at Harvard.

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Joseph Mandelbaum, Programming Team

Joseph is a PhD student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program at Harvard. His thesis work in the lab of Dr. Leonard Zon focuses on chemical screening for modulators of hematopoietic stem cell expansion using zebrafish embryo cultures.

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Jonathan Pritz, Programming Team

Jonathan is a PhD student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program at Harvard. In the lab of Dr. Loren Walensky, he is investigating the mechanism of activation of a critical pro-apoptotic protein.

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Pengpeng Li, Programming Team

Pengpeng is a postdoc in the lab of Dr. Christopher Walsh at Boston Children's Hospital. She is interested in using single-cell sequencing technologies to understand human brain development and function.

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Kevin Chau, Programming Team

Kevin is a PhD student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program at Harvard. In the lab of Dr. Maria Lehtinen, he is studying how extrinsic factors from the CSF and intrinsic transcription factors regulate neural stem cells and cortical development.

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Chinmay Shukla, Programming Team

Chinmay is a graduate student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program at Harvard. His thesis work in the labs of Drs. Rafael Irizarry and John Rinn involves using a novel genomic screen to identify and dissect sequence elements responsible for sub cellular localization of long non coding RNAs. 

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David Migl, Programming Team

David is a PhD student in the Biophysics program at Harvard. In the lab of Dr. Stephen Harrison, he is using structural biology to understand how kinetochores attach to centromeres during cell division.

 

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Andrew Ayoob, Director of Healthcare Innovation and Commercialization (HIC) Course

Andrew is a PhD student in the Harvard/MIT SHBT program. He is working on biomaterial drug delivery strategies in the inner ear under the direction of Drs. Robert Langer and Jeffrey Borenstein.