MarianNetherlandsMarian Walhout, Ph.D.
The Maroun Semaan Chair in Biomedical Research
Co-Director, Program in Systems Biology
Professor, Program in Molecular Medicine

Associate Faculty in the Program in Bioinformatics and Integrative Biology
Member of the Center for Cancer Systems Biology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Ph.D., Molecular Biology, Universiteit Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Albert Sherman Center, Room 5.1051

Missy Gardella
Assistant to Dr. Walhout
Albert Sherman Center, Room 5.1053
Phone: 508-856-3601
Fax: 508-856-2105



AmyUSAAmy Holdorf, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist
“Chief of Staff”

Post-doctoral Fellow, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada
Ph.D., Immunology, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
B.A., Biochemistry/Biophysics, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

Please contact Dr. Holdorf with any laboratory related questions. Room: ASC.5-1057, Phone: 508-856-6711



Safak2Safak Yilmaz,Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor


Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
B.S., M.S., Civil Engineering, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey




SushilaIndiaSushila Bhattacharya, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Fellow


Department of Science and Technology, Women Scientist, Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI), Lucknow, India
Research Associate, Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad, India
Ph.D., Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (IITR), Lucknow, India
B.S., M.S., North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong, India




JoteEthiopiaJote Bulcha, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Fellow


Ph.D., Molecular Biology, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany
M.S., Biotechnology, Leibniz Universität Hanover, Hanover, Germany
B.S., Plant Science, Alemaya University, Ethiopia




Cedric Diot
Post-doctoral Fellow


Ph.D., Virology, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France
M.S., Virology, Université Paris, Paris, France
B.S., Biochemistery and Molecular Biology, Université Paris, Paris France




GabbyUSAGabby Giese
Graduate Student


M.S., Biochemistry, University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire
B.A., Biology and Japanese, Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont





RuiRui Guo
Visiting Scholar


M.S.-Ph.D. Student, Ecology, Nanjing Agricultural University, China
B.S., Ecology, Shanxi Agricultural University, China





Brent B. Horowitz
Graduate Student


M.S., Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado
B.S., Biology and B.A., Theater, Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania





yonguksouth-koreaYong-Uk Lee, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Fellow


Ph.D., Genetics, Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Konkuk University, Seoul, Korea
M.S., Genetics, Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Konkuk University, Seoul, Korea
B.S., Life Science, College of Science, Konkuk University, Seoul, Korea




Xuhang “Hang” Li
Graduate Student


B.S., Biological Sciences, Fudan University, China





Zeynep Mirza
Graduate Student
Co-supervised by Victor Ambros

M.S., Biotechnology, Worcester State University, Worcester, Massachusetts
B.S., Biology, Selçuk University, Konya, Turkey





HiuminChinaHuimin “Nana” Na, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Fellow


Ph.D., National Laboratory of Biomacromolecules, Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
B.S., College of Life Science, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China





ShivaniIndiaShivani Nanda
Graduate Student


M. Tech., Bioinformatics, International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Hyderabad, India
B. Tech., Biotechnology, Rajasthan Technical University, Jaipur, India





olgaukraineOlga Ponomarova, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Fellow


Ph.D., European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg, Germany
M.S., Computer Science, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kiev, Ukraine
B.S., M.S, Biology, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kiev, Ukraine




Melissa Walker
Research Associate


B. S., Biophysics, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island





heFeiChinaHeFei “Fei” Zhang, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Fellow


Ph.D., Neurobiology, Institute of Brain Science, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
B.S., Applied Chemistry, School of Chemical and Material Engineering, Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China




JingyanChinaJingyan “Yan” Zhang, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Fellow


Ph.D., Developmental Biology, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
B.S., Life Sciences, College of Life Science, Nanchang University, Jiangxi, China






Graduate Students

Aurian P. Garcia-Gonzalez, Ph.D., Completing medical school at the University of Massachusetts, Worcester

Emma Watson, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow, Stephen Elledge Lab, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

Ashlyn Ritter, Ph.D. Medical Science Liaison, AbbVie, Maryland

Alex Tamburino, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow, Genetics and Pharmacogenomics, Merck & Co., West Point, Pennsylvania

H. Efsun Arda, Ph.D. Investigator, Laboratory of Receptor Biology and Gene Expression, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland

Christian Grove, Ph.D. Staff, Wormbase Curator, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California

Natalia Martinez, Ph.D. Research Scientist, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland


Postdoctoral Fellows

Akihiro Mori, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow, Bill Schafer Lab, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Juan Fuxman Bass, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Biology Department, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts

Lesley T. MacNeil, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

John Reece-Hoyes, Ph.D. Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Vanessa Vermeirssen, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Researcher, Bioinformatics & Systems Biology, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

Inma Barrasa, Ph.D. Bioinformatics Scientist, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Bart Deplancke, Ph.D. Professor, Laboratory of Systems Biology and Genetics, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lusanne, Switzerland