Current lab members
Chris started off as an experimentalist before switching to statistical genetics for his postdoc. His job is to both contribute ideas and help everyone else develop their own; to create the conditions necessary for everyone to do the best work possible; and to help people develop the scientific and professional skills they need to succeed.
Iryna completed her doctoral studies at the Karolinska Insitutet in Stockholm, Sweden. She is supported by a fellowship from the American Association of Immunology.
Matt is a neurologist specializing in multiple sclerosis. His research project in the lab is to uncover shared associations between autoimmune/inflammatory diseases. He splits his time between our lab and the Hafler lab, and is the recipient of an NMSS career transition award.
Klementy completed his doctoral studies at the Karolinska Insitutet in Stockholm, Sweden, on gene-gene interactions in rheumatoid arthritis. He now leads our project to uncover patient subsets in MS. He is the recipient of a fellowship from the Olle Engkvists Byggmästare Foundation.
Hanna joins us after undergraduate studies in Biology at Berea College. Her project is to characterize changes to genome regulation due to differing amounts of NFkB activation.
Undergraduate student 2015-2017
Kevin studied the philosophy of mathematics at Yale College, and did undergraduate research in the lab. He is currently analyzing ChIPseq and ATACseq data for our NFkB project.
Alisha is our main point of sanity. When she isn't shepherding grant submissions or scheduling meetings, she can be found roaming the highways and byways of Connecticut on a very, very large motorbike.
Pierre-Paul is an immunologist interested in human and murine T cell biology, and splits his time between our group and the Hafler lab. In our lab he co-leads a project to assess the effects of variation in NFkB signaling in human T cells. He is a recipient of a James Hudson Brown - Alexander B. Coxe Fellowship.
Postgraduate associate 2015-2017
Noah led data analytic projects to map genetic determinants of vaccine response, and to map shared genetic effects across multiple autoimmune diseases. He is now a graduate student at Harvard.
Postdoctoral Fellow 2011-2014
JinMyung used his background in particle physics to develop PINTS, our network searching framework, and used it to show that genes intolerant of mutation in the human lineage form a large interacting network expressed in early fetal brain development. He is now an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Neurobiology, Yale School of Medicine.
Postgraduate Associate 2013-2014
Abhinay analyzed a genetic study of cellular responses to stimulus and developed a pipeline to allow our colleagues to conveniently look up those results for experimental followup. He is now studying medicine at Nova Southeastern University, FL.
Postdoctoral Fellow 2010-2012
As part of her research sabbatical, Barbara initiated a multi-center project to recruit and profile new-onset patients with a variety of autoimmune diseases. She has now returned to neurology practice in Munich, Germany.
Visiting Scientist 2010-2012
Michinori came for an extended sabbatical to learn how to analyze genome-wide association studies. He is a Research Scientist at Daiichi-Sankyo in Kobe, Japan.
Postdoctoral Fellow 2012-2015, ARS 2017-2019
Mitja lead our project for the International MS Genetics Consortium, looking for low-frequency coding variation associated to MS risk in >75,000 samples. He is now a Technical Development Scientist at Lek Pharmaceuticals in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Postdoctoral Fellow 2012-2015
Arpita ran a six-center effort to collect blood samples from people newly diagnosed with a variety of autoimmune diseases. She is now a clinical trial manager at Oticon Medical, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Postdoctoral associate 2014-2015
Athena joined us briefly to work on shared effects across autoimmune diseases. She is now the Director of Engagement at the Center for Computational Science at the University of Miami.
Postgraduate Associate 2014-2015
Alex joined us after graduating from Boston College and drove the early phase of our GWAS/eQTL overlap project. After a stint as a quantitative analyst at Cogo Labs, she is now an associate quantitative specialist at Fidelity Investments.