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Duane Wesemann, M.D., Ph.D.


Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Associate Physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital

From: Rocky Mountains, USA

Duane worked odd jobs throughout high school, including paper boy, dishwasher, janitor, wallpaperer, mailbox painter, and ring resizer to pay for flying lessons. He was turned on to biology from a young age and received his M.D. and Ph.D. with Tika Benveniste studying cell biology and learned B cell biology from Max Cooper and Fred Alt. He currently sees patients that suffer from problems of the immune system. His favorite thing is doing science with his lab team studying the wonders of adaptive immunity.

Avneesh Kumar Gautam, Ph.D.

Joined 2018

Ph.D. Biotechnology, National Center for Cell Sciences, 2015

M. Sc. Biotechnology, IIT Bombay, 2009

From: Uttar Pradesh, India

Avneesh did his Ph.D. in the field of complement biology by using a viral complement regulator as model protein to understand its regulation. Later he became interested in antibody research which brought him to the Wesemann Lab where he worked on different aspects of antibody biology including antibody response to SARS-cov2 spike. Currently, he is more interested to understand the depth and breadth of antibody somatic hypermutation reach. Outside the lab, he likes to learn different aspects of science and go for walks.

Ali Sanjari Moghaddam, M.D.

Joined 2021

M.D. Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences

From: Qaen, South Khorasan, Iran

Ali was born and grew up in a small city in the east part of Iran. He is a little shy but friendly. Ali is a science enthusiast, who is following his dream of being a physician-scientist. He is interested in immunology and immunotherapy, in particular cancer immunology. His life has been up and down, but he will always try to do his best.

Mehrdad Zarghami, M.D.

Joined 2021

M.D., Fasa University of Medical Sciences

From: Shiraz, Iran


Azadeh Mahdavinia, Pharm.D.

Joined 2022

Pharm.D. Shiraz University of Medical Science, 2014

From: Shiraz, Iran

Azadeh is a pharmacist and She was born as the last child in a family of five in Iran. She has worked in the field of pharmacology and toxicology. She is pursuing her dreams to be a scientist. Doing workout and pilates make her happy and confident.

Duck-Kyun “DK” Yoo, Ph.D.

Joined 2022

Ph.D. Biomedical Science, Seoul National University, 2021

B.Sc. Plant Science, Seoul National University, 2015

From: Seoul, South Korea

Duck-Kyun’s doctoral studies involved the development of high-throughput antibody discovery methods utilizing antibody repertoire sequencing. As a postdoc in the Wesemann Lab, his research interests are focused on designing analytical tools in understanding the principles shaping the antibody-antigen interactome. Outside the lab, he loves heavy-eating and long-distance walking/running while listening to music. Let’s share the playlists!

Keerti Fnu, Ph.D.

Joined 2022

Ph.D. Life Sciences, Central Drug Research Institute, 2018

M.Sc Biochemistry, G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, 2011

From: Dehradun, India

Keerti inclined towards biological science research during her Master's studies. She's felt motivated in solving puzzled mysteries of biological science. Her doctoral thesis focuses on evaluating the therapeutic efficacy of parasite-derived proteins against experimental leishmaniasis. Further she also gained experience in studying the crosstalk between xenophagy and the immune system. Presently, she's unraveling the functional and physiological relevance of perplexed B- cell immune response during viral infection. Outside the lab, she enjoys gathering with friends, hiking and cooking.

Caihong Bi, Ph.D.

Joined 2022

Ph.D. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, 2021

M.V.Sc. Veterinary Medicine, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, 2017

From: Qingdao, Shandong, China

Caihong's MVSc studies are related to the structural analysis of epitopes recognized by mAbs against viral proteins. His Ph.D. studies focus on viral regulation on innate immunity. The research experience he possessed makes him addicted to virology and immunology. Currently, he is exploring the immune response to SARS-CoV-2. When he is not thinking about science, he can be found learning new things and listening to music.

Sachin Kumar, Ph.D.

Joined 2022

Ph.D. Biological sciences, CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, 2019

M.Sc. Toxicology, C C S University, Meerut, India

From: Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India

Sachin was born and raised in the city of Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India. Previously he has worked in the field of food allergy as well as immunotoxicology. Sachin’s doctoral studies were focused on evaluating the allergic potential of Buchanania lanzan. Currently, he has worked in Wesemann’s lab as postdoctoral fellow and is indulged in exploring various aspects of food allergy such as role of gut microbiota in emergence of allergic reactions. He is inquisitive about Alpha Gal allergy that develops on induction or sensitization by tick bite as tick’s saliva have oligosaccharides antigen and after eating meat develop anaphylactic response. Sachin is trying and determined to solve this main problem. When Sachin is not working, he enjoys playing cricket, watches movies, tries good food and loves spending time with family/friends.

Fang Tian, Ph.D.

Joined 2022

Ph.D. Chemical Biology, Nanjing University, 2022

M.Sc. Medicinal Chemistry, Lanzhou University, 2017

From: Jiuquan, Gansu, China

Fang Tian's Ph.D. studies focused on the mechanics of the cell adhesion by COVID-19 using atomic force microscopy-based single-cell force spectroscopy. Currently, she will investigate infection-induced and vaccine-induced antibodies over time to determine the recognition patterns on SARS-CoV-2 spike protein.

Zahra Allahyari, Ph.D.

Joined 2022

Ph.D. Microsystems Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology

M.Sc. Tissue Engineering, Tehran Polytechnic, 2015

From: Iran

Zahra was born in Iran and moved from city to city because of the requirement of her father’s job as an air force electronics engineer. She is a little bit shy but loves to meet new people and make friends. She loves math, and at the same time, she is fascinated by biology. She chose to pursue biomedical engineering in college to satisfy both of her interests. She obtained her first bachelor's in biomechanics in 2013, and the second one in biomaterials in 2014 both from Tehran Polytechnic. She also acquired her master’s in tissue engineering from the same school in 2015. Zahra joined the microsystems engineering program in Rochester Institute of Technology in 2017, focusing on understanding cell-substrate interactions in microphysiological systems using experimental and computational tools. She completed her Ph.D. in 2022 before joining Wesemann lab as a postdoctoral research fellow. When she is not doing research, she enjoys reading fiction books, watching Sci-Fi movies, and practicing photography.

Rahaman Ahmed, Ph.D.

Joined 2022

Ph.D. Cell Biology and Genetics, University of Lagos, 2022

M.Sc. Cell Biology and Genetics, University of Lagos, 2013

From: Lagos, Nigeria

Rahaman grew up in a water-surrounded city in the west southern part of Nigeria. He has had a passion for biology since when he was in high college, presently developing his career in the field of Cell biology and Genetics, mastering immunogenomics. He is ⁸keen on understanding how the empirical components of the adaptive immune cells are associated with, and how they may contribute better to, the development of efficacious vaccines and therapeutics for human diseases. Rahaman likes to gain new useful ideas from people irrespective of their status, and loves brisk-walking when he intends to do physical exercise.

Abdulrahman Idoko Adam, Ph.D.

Joined 2023

Ph.D. Cell and Molecular Biophysics, King's College London, 2023

M.Sc. Biotechnology, University of Glasgow, 2016

B.Sc. Microbiology, Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, Nigeria, 2013

From: Enugu, Nigeria

Abdulrahman was born in Nigeria, where he obtained an undergraduate degree. He then worked as a Lecturer in a university in Nigeria before moving to the United Kingdom where he obtained a master's degree. He returned to Nigeria to continue his career at the university, and was later awarded a scholarship at King's College London, where he completed a P.hD. His P.hD. research was focused on structural and functional characterisation of the interactions between parasite antigens and parasite-specific antibodies using biophysical techniques like surface plasmon resonance (SPR), and cell-based assays. His research interests include studying immune responses to allergy and infectious diseases using biophysical and immunological techniques, and developing therapeutics to tackle allergies and infections. He is also very passionate about biotech innovation. This led to him being selected to attend events such as the GapSummit in Cambridge, UK, and the Novartis International Biotechnology Leadership Camp in Basel, Switzerland. Outside the lab, he spends his time traveling, attending biotech events, visiting museums and art galleries, and is a big football fan.

Romina Esbati, M.D.

Joined 2023

M.D. Shahid Beheshti Medical School, 2021

From: Iran

Romina Esbati, M.D., graduated in 2021 from Medical school. Her main interests are cancer immunology and Immunotherapy. After graduation she spent 2 years visiting patients and following her interests in the field of research. Outside the lab, she plays and teaches the piano and she is also into yoga.

Aida Alirezaee, M.D.

Joined 2023

Internal Medicine Specialist, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, 2018

M.D. Birjand University of Medical Sciences, 2010

From: Iran

Aida Alirezaee, finished Internal Medical Residency in 2018 and then served as a physician visiting patients, and followed her interests in the field of research in the Student Research Committee of Mashhad Medical School. Her main interests are Immunology and Rheumatology. Her hobbies are spending time with her son, traveling and listening to music.

Shahab Saghaei

Joined 2022

M.Sc. Bioinformatics and Molecular Biotechnology, University of Milan, 2021

From: Tehran, Iran

Having spent years of his career in Italy at the Center for Omics Sciences, San Raffaele Hospital, Milan, Shahab developed MetaSHA—a metagenomic pipeline using Snakemake that integrates three classifiers, benchmarks their performance, and generates insightful reports. Outside of his professional endeavors, he seeks tranquility in nature, delights in refreshing swims, and enjoys the camaraderie of soccer.

Jessica W. Chen

Joined 2022

Ph.D. student, Harvard Virology

B.S. Molecular Cell Biology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 2018

B.A. Studio Art, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 2018

From: From Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

Jessica was born in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi and spent most her life in the summery state. Her first experience with snow was when she moved to Bethesda, Maryland to become a postbaccalaureate fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Jessica has prior experiences in marine biology research from her undergraduate and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine development from the NIH. Her hobbies include pottery, baking, spending time with her cat, and playing video games.

Gaspar A. Pacheco

Joined 2023

Ph.D. student, Harvard Immunology

B.S. Biochemistry, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, 2022

From: Santiago, Chile

Gaspar was born in Santiago, Chile. As an undergraduate student, he worked in experimental vaccines against the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). He later worked as a research assistant in phase III clinical trials evaluating the magnitude and breadth of humoral and cellular responses elicited by an inactivated vaccine against SARS-CoV-2. Gaspar is broadly interested in B cell function and regulation - how antigen recognition impacts B cell responses, factors shaping affinity maturation, how is germinal center lifespan and affinity maturation potential controlled, and what controls humoral differentiation. When he is not in the lab, Gaspar enjoys baking, playing the piano, watching TV series, and playing video games.

Sweta Khobragade

Joined 2023

Lab Manager, Senior Research Lab Technician

M.Sc. in Biotechnology

From: Kalyan, India


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