Stephanie Tang is originally from New Jersey and graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in Chemical and Physical Biology and a Language Citation in Spanish. On campus, she worked in Christina Woo's lab studying glycosylation regulation and function and was involved with the Asian American Women's Association. She also worked in Richard Lee’s lab at Johns Hopkins University studying the epigenetics of stress and mood disorders. Outside of lab, Stephanie enjoys drawing and painting, swimming, and playing her ukulele.
Postdoctoral fellow Tiki Hayes was recently recognized in Cell Press' Crosstalk as one of “100 more inspiring Black scientists in America.” The article, published in celebration of Juneteenth, contains the names and photos of 100 scientists across many fields, including both established scientists and those developing their careers. Congratulations Tiki!!
As a founding and “current” TCGA project team principal investigator, Matthew Meyerson was honored by two different 2020 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Team Science Awards presented in June at the AACR Virtual Annual Meeting.
Andy Cherniack, co-principal investigator for the Genome Data Analysis Network of the National Cancer Institute with Rameen Beroukhim, was also awarded the AACR Team Science Award for the “current” TCGA project team, as were lab alumni Adam Bass, Rameen Beroukhim, Gad Getz, Neil Hayes, Alison Taylor, and Roel Verhaak.
This award recognizes and honors the extensive collaborative effort put forth to create and develop TCGA, which has become an essential tool in our research to understand and treat cancer. TCGA has led us to fundamental discoveries in cancer and has also helped to establish new standards and methods for managing teams of researchers and policies for genomics data. Read more about the award here.
Congratulations Matthew, Andy, Adam, Rameen, Gaddy, Neil, Alison, and Roel!
Will Gibson is joining us for his postdoctoral fellow research studies, jointly with Stuart Schreiber’s lab, from the Dana-Farber Harvard Cancer Center fellowship program in Medical Oncology. Before his residency in internal medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Will was a student with Rameen Beroukhim in the Harvard-MIT MD/PhD program. Large-scale cancer sequencing studies have revealed a small number of frequently altered genes and a much larger number of infrequently altered cancer genes. A large fraction of drug-development effort has been focused on less-frequently altered, but more druggable cancer genes such as kinases. Will hopes to refocus on some of the "Mountains" in cancer genome landscapes by leveraging new insights and technologies from chemical biology.
Joseph McGaunn is joining the Meyerson Laboratory as a Research Associate with Xiaoyun Wu. Joseph is a Boston local who attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he worked in the lab of Dr. Alexander Suvorov investigating potential molecular mechanisms by which environmental toxicants increase complex disease risk for exposed individuals and their offspring. Joseph also worked in the Nichols Lab at New England Biolabs developing DNA amplification products and at Harvard Life Science Outreach developing teaching labs and assisting in science education workshops. Beyond finding treatments for cancers, Joseph is also passionate about science education, communication, and policy. When not in the lab he can be found going on walks, volunteering for different causes, working on a podcast, reading a book, or spending time with friends and family.
Welcome to the laboratory, Will and Joseph!
Sejal Jain joined us from Duke, bringing her expertise to take on the challenging project of making human primary basal organoids with Alison Taylor. Sejal also worked with Elizabeth Stover on a study of anti-apoptotic proteins in ovarian cancer. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Sejal worked with Mike Slevin on SARS-CoV-2 diagnostics and acted as the project manager for the Brigham/MGH COVID-19 Diagnostics Validation group, making significant contributions to each.
Sejal departs the Meyerson lab to attend medical school at the University of South Florida. We wish her all the best!