Jackson W. Lau

Lab Manager

Education Background: B.S., Premedical and Health Studies, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. MHA Candidate 2021, Boston College
Research interest: Virology
Career Ambition: Institution/system level research lab management, standardization and improved utilization of resources from both research and clinical fields.
Memberships (if any): ACHE

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Anil Chekuri, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Research projects:  Translational gene therapy approach to treat retinal degenerative diseases

Research interest: Broad research goal is to identify molecular mechanisms underlying retinal degeneration and thereby design therapeutic targets for treatment

Career Ambition: To evolve as an independent researcher in near future

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Maya Kim

Research Assistant

Education: B.S.- Neurobiology and Physiology, University of Connecticut; MS in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Boston University

Research Interest: My research interests are to study changes in gene expression that characterize diseases ranges from pathogenesis of hepatic steatosis to diseases relating to the retina to be able to develop an effective method in gene therapy and personalized medicine.

Career Ambition: My career ambitions are to develop into an independent scientist and become a strong contributor in the field of biomedical research.


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Aisling Ryan

Operations Manager

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Nerea Zabaleta Lasarte PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Education: Degree in Biochemistry, Master’s degree in Biomedical Research, Doctoral degree in Biomedical Research

Research Project: Study of host factors involved in AAV transduction

Research Interest: Gene therapy

Career ambition: Continue with my academic career in biomedicine

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Urja Bhatt

Research Technologist

Education: MS Molecular and Cell Biology, B.Tech Biotechnology

Research Project: Use diverse molecular biology tools to perform cloning

Research Interest: Synthetic Biology, Molecular Biology

Career Ambition:

  • Short-term: Achieve excellence in practicing my education, skills and expertise in Molecular Biology & Bioanalytical techniques.
  • Long-Term: Gain meaningful experience to work for betterment of society.

Awards and Honors:

  • Awarded GOLD MEDAL & Merit Scholarship in Biotechnology for consistently outstanding performance, D.Y. Patil University, 2016.
  • Accorded prestigious Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE), Gov. of India, 2011.
  • Won Amul Vidya Bhusan award for academic excellence in science stream, 2011.
  • Awarded Certificate of Honor and Memento by current Prime Minister of India, Shree Narendra Modi for participation in National Biodiversity Quiz, 2007

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Cheikh Diop

Research Technologist

Education: BA in Biochemistry, Suffolk University, Boston, MA

Research Project: Building AAV capsid libraries

Research Interest: Gene therapy, Infectious diseases, drug  discovery

Career Ambition: Gain more research experience while actively contributing to the research projects carried out at the Vandenberghe lab. Eventually pursue a PhD in molecular biology / biochemistry in graduate school

Membership: ACS

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Reynette Estelien

Research Technologist

Education: BS in Biological Sciences/Biotech, University of Massachusetts Lowell, RALAT Certified, Certificate in Biomedical Laboratory Sciences, Boston University

Research Project: Gene Therapy

Research Interest: Gene therapy and drug discovery

Career Ambition: To further my study in Animal Research and Epidemiology

Membership: Member of New England Branch for  American Association of Laboratory Animal Sciences (NEBAALAS)

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Julio Sanmiguel

Senior Research Technologist

Education: B.Sc., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, U. of Miami; ALM, Biotechnology, Harvard Extension School (in progress)

Research Project: Quality Control, Vector Characterization, Nucleic Acid Quantification, Discovery Group

Research Interest: AAV Structure, Virology, Biology of Memory, Personal Medicine

Career Ambition: Ph.D. and long life learning

Membership: ASGCT

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Michael Florea

PhD Candidate

Education: BSc – Biology, Imperial College London, MSc – Biotechnology, ETH Zurich

Research Project: Engineering AAVs to study hematopoiesis and aging

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