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. He is interested in immunology, imaging, and chemical biology. He started the Rashidian Lab at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in summer of 2019.
Taha Rakhshandehroo Postdoctoral Associate
Taha is a 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 (Taha_Rakhshandehroo@dfci.harvard.edu).
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
Lauren Kim Harvard University Student
Lauren is a first-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.