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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.

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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 Dr. Alex Toker, she is investigating the mechanism of resistance to therapeutic inhibitors in breast cancer.

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Sofia Ribeiro Carlton

Director of Healthcare Innovation and Commercialization (HIC) Course

Sofia is a PhD student at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School. Her thesis work focuses on the regulation of brain metabolism and its impact on neuronal excitability and seizure sensitivity. Sofia holds a B.Sc and M.Sc in Biochemistry from the University of Coimbra, Portugal. Sofia's strong interest on the life sciences industry was nurtured by taking the HIC course in 2013. She has helped organize HIC for 3 years now, which is one of her most favorite Fall activities.

 

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Soufiane Aboulhouda

Director of Communications

Soufiane is a PhD student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program at Harvard. His thesis work in the lab of Dr. George Church focuses on the development of novel cell therapies, and application of genome editing technologies.

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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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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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Andrew Ayoob

Director of Healthcare Innovation and Commercialization (HIC) Course

Andrew is a PhD student in the Harvard/MIT SHBT program, working on biomaterial drug delivery strategies to the inner ear.  He is conducting his thesis research at MIT under the direction of Professor Robert Langer and Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein of Draper Laboratory.  He is also a biomedical engineering research fellow at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory and serves as the treasurer and general partner of the Irish Eagle Investment Partners, a young investment group interested in biomedical, renewable energy, and modern manufacturing equity assets.

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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.                                                            

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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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Hannah Goldberg

Healthcare Innovation and Commercialization (HIC) Course Logistics Coordinator

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. 

 

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Radwa Sharaf

Programming Team

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. 

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.