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Postdoctoral Fellows & Students

Undergraduates, graduate students, fellows, and young clinicians work at the Wyss Institute sites and are mentored by Faculty, Associate Faculty, and Advanced Technology Team members. The Institute welcomes student and postdoc applications year-round. More information about postdoctoral positions at the Wyss can be found here.

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Maier Avendano

Maier Avendano

Faculty Mentor: Peng Yin
Platform: Programmable Nanomaterials
Education: B.Sc. in Microbiology, 2008, and M.Sc. in Biological Sciences, 2009, Universidad de los Andes
Research Interests: Nucleic acid nanotechnology, Systems Biology, Synthetic Biology
Contact: maier.avendano@wyss.harvard.edu, (617) 495-1689

 

 

Louis N. Awad

Louis N. Awad

Faculty Mentor: Conor Walsh
Platforms: Bioinspired Robotics
Education: Ph.D. Biomechanics and Movement Sciences, University of Delaware 2014; Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.), University of Delaware 2011; B.S. Exercise Science, Rutgers University 2008
Research Interests: Clinical rehabilitation, engineering, neuromuscular physiology, and biomechanics
Contact: louawad@seas.harvard.edu

 

Maartje Bastings

Maartje Bastings

Faculty Mentor: William Shih
Platform: Programmable Nanomaterials
Education: PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, MSc / Bsc in Biomedical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, BMus Classical Flute, Fontys Conservatory, Tilburg, The Netherlands.
Research Interests: DNA-origami as immune-adjuvants for cancer vaccination, stimuli-resposive cell-material interactions for therapeutic applications, exploring the dynamic reciprocal effects of form and function in semi-synthetic assemblies
Contact: maartje.bastings@wyss.harvard.edu

 

Brian Beliveau

Brian Beliveau

Faculty Mentor: Peng Yin
Platforms: Programmable Nanomaterials
Education: B.S. & M.S., Cellular and Molecular Biology, Johns Hopkins University; Ph.D., Genetics, Harvard University
Research Interests: Chromosome biology, nuclear organization, super-resolution imaging technologies, systems biology
Contact: brian.beliveau@wyss.harvard.edu

 

 

Devin Burrill

Devin Burrill

Faculty Mentors: James Collins, Pamela Silver
Platforms: Anticipatory Medical and Cellular Devices, Synthetic Biology
Education: PhD Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Bioengineering), Harvard Medical School, 2012; BSc Honors Biochemistry & Chemistry, University of Chicago, 2006
Research Interests: Protein engineering, drug development, antibody production, anemia, autoimmune disease, cellular memory
Contact: Devin_Burrill@hms.harvard.edu

 

 

Adam Celiz

Adam Celiz

Faculty Mentor: David Mooney
Platform: Programmable Nanomaterials
Education: Ph.D. Chemistry, Cambridge University, 2010; BSc. (Hons) Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences, University of Brighton, 2006
Research Interests: Biomaterials, Musculoskeletal and Dental Tissue Engineering
Contact: adam.celiz@wyss.harvard.edu

 

 

 

Mingjie Dai

Mingjie Dai

Faculty Mentors: Peng Yin, George Church
Platforms: Synthetic Biology, Programmable Nanomaterials
Education: Ph.D. candidate, Harvard Biophysics program; B.A./Sci.M. Physics, Cambridge University, UK 2010
Research Interests: Nucleic acid nanotechnology, synthetic biology, and biophysics
Contact: dai4@fas.harvard.edu

 

 

 

Noémie-Manuelle Dorval Courchesne

Noémie-Manuelle Dorval Courchesne

Faculty Mentor: Neel Joshi
Platform: Programmable Nanomaterials
Education: Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, MIT; B.A.Sc. Chemical Engineering & B.Sc. Biochemistry, University of Ottawa
Research Interests: Assembly of nanostructures, Protein-based materials, Bio-inspired and bio-derived electronics and devices.
Contact: ndorvalc@wyss.harvard.edu

 

 

Nicolas Garreau de Loubresse

Nicolas Garreau de Loubresse

Faculty Mentor: Peng Yin
Platform: Synthetic Biology, Programmable Nanomaterials
Education: Ph.D., Biochemistry and Structural Biology, University of Strasbourg, 2012; M.S. Molecular and Structural Biology, University of Strasbourg, 2009; B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Strasbourg, 2007
Research Interests: DNA nanotechnology, Structural biology, Synthetic biology
Contact: nicolas.garreau@wyss.harvard.edu

 

 

Alexander Garruss

Alexander Garruss

Faculty Mentor: George Church
Platform: Synthetic Biology
Education: Ph.D. Candidate, Bioinformatics and Integrative Genomics, Harvard University; M.S., Computer Science, University of Kansas; B.S., Kansas State University
Research Interests: Design and engineering of biomolecules and microbes to expand sustainable options for world energy production, commodity chemical synthesis, and environmental remediation
Contact: garruss@fas.harvard.edu

 

 

Daniel B. Goodman

Daniel B. Goodman

Faculty Mentor: George Church
Platform: Synthetic Biology
Education: B.S., Bioengineering w/Spec. in Bioinformatics, University of California, San Diego, 2008
Research Interests: Multiplex design and synthesis of DNA regulatory elements and genes, genome engineering methods development; software tools for systems and synthetic biology
Contact: dbg@mit.edu

 

 

Nikhil Gopalkrishnan

Nikhil Gopalkrishnan

Faculty Mentor: Peng Yin
Platforms: Synthetic Biology, Programmable Nanomaterials
Education: PhD, Computer Science and Engineering, 2012; B.Tech, Computer Science and Engineering, 2006
Research Interests:
Contact: nikhil.gopalkrishnan@wyss.harvard.edu

 

 

 

Dongran Han

Dongran Han

Faculty Mentor: Peng Yin
Platforms: Synthetic Biology, Programmable Nanomaterials
Education: Ph.D., Chemistry, Arizona State University, 2013; B.S. Chemistry, Peking University, 2009
Research Interests: I have very broad interests in DNA nanotechnology, including structural and dynamic DNA self-assembly
Contact: dongran.han@hms.harvard.edu

 

 

Abhishek Jain

Abhishek Jain

Faculty Mentors: Don Ingber
Platform: Biomimetic Microsystems
Education: B.Tech., Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi 2003; M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Arizona State University, 2007; Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, Boston University, 2011 (Affiliated to Steele Lab for Tumor Biology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School)
Research Interests: Microfluidics, blood rheology, biomimetic microsystems, spleen-on-a-chip
Contact: ajain@wyss.harvard.edu

 

Kaushik Jayaram

Kaushik Jayaram

Faculty Mentors: Robert Wood
Platform: Bioinspired Robotics
Education: Ph.D. in Integrative Biology at University of California Berkeley (2015); M.Tech. in Computer Integrated Manufacturing and B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (2009)
Research Interests: Biomechanics, robustness, bioinspired robotics, distributed sensing
Contact: kjayaram@seas.harvard.edu, (510) 499-5164

 

Magdalena Kasendra

Magdalena Kasendra

Faculty Mentor: Donald Ingber
Platforms: Biomimetic Microsystems
Education: Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology at Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics, Italy; M.Sc./B.Sc. in Microbiology and Genetics, University of Wroclaw, Poland
Research Interests: Organs-on-chips microphysiological systems, host-pathogen interactions, mucosal immunity, vaccine and drug development, genome engineering, advanced high-resolution imaging
Contact: magdalena_kasendra@wyss.harvard.edu

 

Jongmin Kim

Jongmin Kim

Faculty Mentor: Peng Yin
Platforms: Synthetic Biology, Programmable Nanomaterials
Education: Ph.D., Biology, California Institute of Technology, 2007; B.S. Life Science, Pohang University of Science and Technology, 2000
Research Interests: I have very broad interests in dynamic DNA nanotechnology and synthetic biology
Contact: jongmin.kim@wyss.harvard.edu 

 

 

Jocelyn Kishi

Jocelyn Kishi

Faculty Mentor: Peng Yin
Platforms: Synthetic Biology
Education: B.S. Computer Science, California Institute of Technology
Research Interests: DNA computing, DNA self-assembly, molecular programming
Contact: jkishi@g.harvard.edu

 

 

 

Kitty Kumar

Kitty Kumar

Faculty Mentor: Don Ingber, Joanna Aizenberg, Katia Bertoldi
Platform: Adaptive Material Technologies
Education: Ph.D., University of Toronto, M.S. Memorial University, MSc. Panjab University, Physics
Research Interests: Advanced manufacturing methods for bioinspired technologies such as soft robotics and micro/macro scale thermoregulation, lab-in-film and high-density data storage devices
Contact: kitty.kumar@wyss.harvard.edu

 

 

Esak Lee

Esak Lee

Faculty Mentor: Christopher Chen & Don Ingber
Platforms: Biomimetic Microsystems
Education: Ph.D., Bioengineering, Johns Hopkins University; M.S., Pharmacy; B.S., Chemical Engineering, Seoul National University
Research Interests: Organ-on-chips, angiogenesis, lymphangiogenesis, cancer, vascular diseases
Contact: esak.lee@wyss.harvard.edu

 

 

Ninning Liu

Ninning Liu

Faculty Mentor: Peng Yin
Platforms: Synthetic Biology, Programmable Nanomaterials
Education: Ph.D., Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California - Berkeley, 2013; B.S., Biochemisty, B.A., Chemistry University of Washington, 2007
Research Interests: DNA nanotechnology, Super-resolution imaging using DNA probes, Programmed protein assembly
Contact: ninning.liu@wyss.harvard.edu

 

Philippe Malcolm

Philippe Malcolm

Faculty Mentor: Conor Walsh
Platforms: Bioinspired Robotics
Education: Ph.D. Kinesiology, Ghent University, 2010; M.S. Kinesiology, Ghent University, 2002
Research Interests: Interdisciplinary research involving neuromechanics, exercise physiology and engineering including but not limited to assistive robotics, running footwear and elite sports scientific support
Contact: pmalcolm@seas.harvard.edu

 

Liliana Moreira Teixeira

Liliana Moreira Teixeira

Faculty Mentor: Donald Ingber
Platforms: Biomimetic Microsystems
Education: Ph.D. Tissue Engineering, Twente University, The Netherlands, 2011; M.Sc. Biomedical Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal, 2007; B.S. Applied Biology (Immunology), University of Minho, Portugal, 2005
Research Interests: Microfluidics, organs-on-chips microphysiological systems, bone marrow-on-a-chip, skin-on-a-chip, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, biomaterials
Contact: liliana.moreirateixeira@wyss.harvard.edu

 

Samira Musah

Samira Musah

Faculty Mentors: Donald Ingber, George Church
Platforms: Biomimetic Microsystems
Education: Ph.D. in Chemistry with training at the Chemical-Biology Interface, University of Wisconsin—Madison, 2012; B.S.-Honors in Chemistry, State University of New York at Binghamton, 2006
Research Interests: Stem cell and developmental biology, organs-on-chips microphysiological systems, disease modeling and therapeutic development, mechanobiology in cell fate determination and disease progression, regenerative medicine, genome engineering of mammalian cells, mechanisms of hereditary and acquired diseases
Contact: samira.musah@wyss.harvard.edu

 

Cameron Myhrvold

Cameron Myhrvold

Faculty Mentor: Peng Yin, Pam Silver
Platforms: Synthetic Biology, Programmable Nanomaterials
Education: PhD Candidate, Systems Biology program; B.A., Molecular Biology, Princeton University, 2011
Research Interests:
Contact: myhrvold@fas.harvard.edu

 

 

 

Bhavik Nathwani

Bhavik Nathwani

Faculty Mentor: William Shih
Platform: Programmable Nanomaterials
Education: Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University
Research Interests: Molecular biophysics, ultra-high resolution imaging, synthetic biology
Contact: bhavik.nathwani@wyss.harvard.edu

 

 

 

Peter Nguyen

Peter Nguyen

Faculty Mentor: Neel Joshi
Platform: Programmable Nanomaterials
Education: B.S. Biochemistry, B.A. Philosophy, University of Texas; M.Bs., Keck Graduate Institute; Ph.D. Biochemistry, Rice University
Research Interests: Engineering systems for the precise assembly and control of nanoscale structures; protein engineering for synthetic biology and biomedical applications
Contact: peter.nguyen@wyss.harvard.edu

 

 

Piotr Nowak

Piotr Nowak

Faculty Mentor: Peng Yin
Platform: Programmable Nanomaterials
Education: Ph.D., University of Groningen, Chemistry, M.Sc., University of Warsaw, Chemistry
Research Interests: DNA nanotechnology, self-assembly & self-organization, artificial life
Contact: piotr.nowak@wyss.harvard.edu

 

 

Martin Nussbaumer

Martin Nussbaumer

Faculty Mentor: Neel Joshi
Platform: Programmable Nanomaterials
Education: Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Basel, 2015; M.Sc. Nanosciences, University of Basel, 2010
Research Interests: Protein-based materials, Assembly of nanostructures, Self-assembly of enzymatic active surfaces
Contact: martin.nussbaumer@wyss.harvard.edu

 

 

Luvena Ong

Luvena Ong

Faculty Mentor: Peng Yin
Platforms: Synthetic Biology, Programmable Nanomaterials
Education: Ph.D. candidate, Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program; B.S. Chemical-Biological Engineering, MIT, 2010
Research Interests: Programmable DNA self-assembly and biomedical applications
Contact: luvena@mit.edu

 

 

 

Mirkó Palla

Mirkó Palla

Faculty Mentor: George Church
Platform: Synthetic Biology
Education: Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University; B.S. Mechanical Engineering with Minor in Mathematics, Clarkson University
Research Interests: High-throughput, single-molecule DNA sequencing technologies; bionano instrumentation for genomic applications
Contact: mirko.palla@wyss.harvard.edu

 

 

Anne-Laure Papa

Anne-Laure Papa

Faculty Mentor: Donald Ingber
Platforms: Programmable Nanomaterials, Biomimetic Microsystems
Education: Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in partnership with NVH Medicinal Biotechnology, University of Bourgogne, France; M.Sc. Chemistry of Interfaces and Materials, University of Bourgogne, France
Research Interests: Development of novel translationally directed therapeutic systems including programmable nanoparticles and ex vivo modified cells (e.g. platelets), utilizing surface modifications and biomimicry to ensure optimal circulation times and multifunctional therapeutic effects on various disease models. My current research interests are inspired by platelet physiology and their implications in cancer metastasis and vascular diseases.
Contact: Anne-Laure.Papa@wyss.harvard.edu

 

Avi Robinson-Mosher

Avi Robinson-Mosher

Faculty Mentor: Pamela Silver
Platform: Synthetic Biology
Education: Ph.D. Computer Science, Stanford University, 2010; M.Sc. Philosophy, Policy and Social Value, London School of Economics, 2005; B.S. Physics and Computer Science, Yale University, 2004
Research Interests: Protein engineering, synthetic biology, simulation of fluids and structures
Contact: avi.mosher@wyss.harvard.edu

 

 

Feng Xuan

Sinem Saka

Faculty Mentor: Peng Yin
Platform: Programmable Nanomaterials, Synthetic Biology
Education: B.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Genetics, Middle East Technical University, Turkey, 2008; M.Sc. in Molecular Biology, University of Goettingen, Germany, 2010; Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, University of Goettingen/International Max Planck Research School, Germany, 2013
Research Interests: Nucleic acid nanotechnology, super-resolution imaging, cell biology
Contact: sinem.saka@wyss.harvard.edu

 

Feng Xuan

Hiroshi Sasaki

Faculty Mentor: Peng Yin
Platform: Programmable Nanomaterials
Education: Ph.D., Structural Biology, The University of Tokyo, 2011; M.S., Biophysics and Biochemistry, The University of Tokyo, 2007; B.S. Biophysics and Biochemistry, The University of Tokyo, 2005
Research Interests: Chromosome biology, RNA biology, single-molecule biophysics, super-resolution imaging, systems biology
Contact: hiroshi.sasaki@wyss.harvard.edu

  

Thomas Schaus

Thomas Schaus

Faculty Mentor: Peng Yin
Platforms: Synthetic Biology, Programmable Nanomaterials
Education: BS & MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign; PhD, Cell Biology, Northwestern University; MD, Northwestern University
Research Interests: Biophysics, DNA nanotechnology and medical applications
Contact: thomas.schaus@wyss.harvard.edu

 

 

Jie Shen

Jie Shen

Faculty Mentor: Peng Yin
Platforms: Synthetic Biology, Programmable Nanomaterials
Education: PhD, Chemistry, Peking University, 2010; B.S., Chemistry, Peking University, 2005
Research Interests: DNA architecture based bottom-up nanofabrication of optical and electronic devices
Contact:

 

 

Jesse L. Silverberg

Jesse L. Silverberg

Faculty Mentor: Peng Yin
Platform: Synthetic Biology, Programmable Nanomaterials
Education: Ph.D., Physics, Cornell University, 2013; M.S. Physics, Cornell University, 2012; B.S. Physics, Northeastern University 2009; B.S. Mathematics, Northeastern University, 2009; B.S. Philosophy, Northeastern University, 2009
Research Interests: The connection between geometry, mechanics, and microstructure; Pattern formation in biological systems; Image analysis and computer vision
Contact: Jesse.Silverberg@wyss.harvard.edu

 

Wei Sun

Wei Sun

Faculty Mentor: Peng Yin
Platforms: Synthetic Biology, Programmable Nanomaterials
Education: Ph.D., Chemistry, Peking University
Research Interests: DNA-directed self-assembly
Contact: wei.sun@wyss.harvard.edu

 

 

 

Hiroto Tanaka

Hiroto Tanaka

Faculty Mentor: Robert Wood
Platform: Biomimetic Microsystems
Education: B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Tokyo in 2003; M.Sc. in Mechano-Informatics from The University of Tokyo in 2005; Ph.D. in Information Science and Technology from The University of Tokyo in 2008
Research Interests: Aerodynamics of flapping wings of insects; Fabrication of insect-sized wings by micromolding
Contact: tanaka@seas.harvard.edu

 

 

Yu Wang

Yu Wang

Faculty Mentors: George Church, Peng Yin
Platforms: Synthetic Biology, Programmable Nanomaterials
Education: B.S. Nanjing University, China and University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Research Interests: Synthetic biology, super-resolution imaging, neuroscience
Contact: yuwang01@fas.harvard.edu

 

 

 

Sungwook Woo

Sungwook Woo

Faculty Mentor: Peng Yin
Platforms: Synthetic Biology, Programmable Nanomaterials
Education: Ph.D., Bioengineering, California Institute of Technology, 2013; M.S. Chemistry, Pohang University of Science and Technology, 2007; B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology, 2005
Research Interests: Structural and dynamic DNA nanotechnology, Synthetic biology
Contact: sungwook.woo@wyss.harvard.edu

 

 

Weidong Xu

Weidong Xu

Faculty Mentor: Peng Yin
Platform: Synthetic Biology, Programmable Nanomaterials
Education: B.S. Tsinghua University, China
Research Interests: Synthetic biology, super-resolution imaging
Contact: wxu@g.harvard.edu

 

 

 

Feng Xuan

Feng Xuan

Faculty Mentor: Peng Yin
Platform: Synthetic Biology, Programmable Nanomaterials
Education: Ph.D., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2014; B.S. & M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Hunan University, 2010
Research Interests: Nucleic acid nanotechnology, biosensors and medical diagnostics
Contact: feng.xuan@wyss.harvard.edu

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