Mohammad Rashidian Principal Investigator, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Rashidian studies trafficking of the immune cells in the tumor microenvironment and how the immune system responds to cancer and cancer treatment. Mohammad is interested in immunology, imaging, and chemical biology. He started his lab at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in summer of 2019.
Taha Rakhshandehroo ACS Postdoctoral Fellow
Taha is an American Cancer Society (ACS) postdoctoral research fellow that started on October 2019. He completed his Ph.D. at UC San Diego in the lab of Dr. David Cheresh. His previous work involved understanding the paracrine effects of the secretome of cancer stem cells. He discovered that cells expressing αvβ3 Integrin, a marker of cancer stem cells, secrete lysophosphatidic acid (LPA). Furthermore, he discovered an LPA receptor that is induced upon a variety of stress leading to increased survival through macropinocytosis and ROS mitigation. Taha is utilizing his molecular biology background in concert with our labs chemical biology and immunology specialty to develop novel imaging agents, such as PET tracers, in order to better understand the role of immune cells in immunotherapy.
Louise Clark Postdoctoral Fellow
Louise is a postdoctoral research fellow who joined the lab in September 2020. She trained for her BSc in Diagnostic Radiography and then completed her PhD in Biomedical Physics under the supervision of Professor Nick Stone, both at the University of Exeter, UK. She is interested in integrating the novel imaging technique of Raman spectroscopy alongside therapeutic methods into current medical pathways. The main focus area of her current research at Dana-Farber is improving survival rates of cancer patients undergoing surgical intervention, initially under the guidance of Dr Moritz Kircher. Outside of the lab, Louise enjoys trying new recipes in the kitchen and her new-found lockdown hobby of playing disc golf.
Bohdan Andreiuk Postdoctoral Fellow
Bohdan obtained his PhD in chemistry/nanochemistry from the University of Strasbourg (France) under the supervision of Dr. Andrey Klymchenko. His primary research focus was on the development of brightest possible nanomaterials for bioimaging (fluorescence, Raman). He has shown that it is possible to manipulate the properties of nanoparticles by altering the counterions of encapsulated cationic dyes, pushing dye loading, and nanoparticle brightness to the limit. Bohdan has joined the Rashidian Lab in September 2020. He is now using his background in chemistry and nanotechnology to develop innovative solutions to the problems in cancer immunology.
Shruti Mishra Postdoctoral Fellow
Originally from India, Shruti is a postdoctoral fellow who joined the lab in December 2020. She completed her Ph.D. at UT Health San Antonio in lab of Dr. Nu Zhang. Her previous work involved working on autoimmunity and identified TGF beta and Eomes as the major gene regulators of CD8+ regulatory T cells.She is hoping to combine her immunology background with labs protein engineering specialty to develop tools to target antigen specific T cells in tumor microenvironment.Outside lab she enjoys hiking, swimming, and playing badminton.
Omar Abousaway Research Technician Omar is a research technician that joined the lab in the summer of 2019. He graduated with a degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Houston. At the University of Houston, he used NMR to study the structural dynamics of integrin proteins. He also participated in the Yale/NIH KUH summer program, in which he studied the efficacy of preservation fluids used in transplant surgery. In the future, Omar wants to have an impactful career as a biomedical scientist. In his free time, Omar enjoys fishing and hiking with friends.
Léa Berland MD PhD Student
Léa is a student from the MD PhD French program INSERM. She finished her third year of medicine in Nice Sophia Antipolis Medical School and is currently in Master 2 of Immunology at La Sorbonne, University of Paris. She previously completed a research internship to study the response of lung cancer patients to immunotherapy in Nice, France, before completing another internship in Dr. Calin's team at MD Anderson, Houston. To be at the heart of scientific discovery and at the cutting edge of medicine would be her dearest wish; with research, it is possible to excel in medical practice in order to provide the best care to patients.
Soheil Tavakolpour PhD Student
Soheil is a PhD student in Molecular Genetics. His primary research interest is in immunology, especially autoimmune disease. He has finished his MSc in IAU-Science and Research Branch, Tehran, and is currently a PhD student there. In the past few years, Soheil has published several papers mostly focusing on “pemphigus”, a devastating autoimmune disease. He is now working on developing novel treatments for autoimmune diseases.
Safak Uslu MD-PhD student
Safak is an MD-PhD student at Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey. She has finished most of the MD part of her studies and has joined the lab in October 2020 to perform her PhD. Her primary research interest is tumor biology and immunology. She aspires to be an oncologist after she graduates from the Medical Scientist Training Program.
Délia Picard Graduate Student
Délia is a French Master student coming from EPFL, Switzerland. After a Bachelor in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering including a year abroad in KTH, Sweden, she performs a Master in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. The biotechnology aspect of her Master, and especially the biopharmaceutical classes, motivated her to perform the Master's project on a health-related impactful subject. In her free time, she enjoys music and playing the piano as much as doing sports: running or badminton.
Lauren Kim Harvard University Student
Lauren is a second-year student at Harvard University looking to pursue a concentration in Chemical and Physical Biology with a secondary in Economics. She hopes to attend medical school and become either a cardiologist or a cardio surgeon. Outside of her academic career at Harvard, Lauren is on the board of PERIOD club (a menstrual poverty awareness organization), plays piano with a chamber music group, and is a math tutor at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. She is excited to learn about oncology and T-cell activation through performing experiments and improving the design of projects in the lab. In her free time, Lauren loves to watch movies, try food from different cultures, play golf, and watch baseball.
Previous lab members:
Jaffer Muhawesh, Summer Student 2019
Ryan Vu Summer Student 2019
Dasuni De Silva Northeastern University Student Fall 2020