Graduate Students

Sheila Johnson

Alumni
Alumni
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Sheila received her B.S. in Biochemistry from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her undergraduate research in the lab of Dave Pagliarini was focused on identifying enzymes and precursors involved in coenzyme Q biosynthesis. She is currently interested in exploring how alterations in T cell metabolism improve antitumor immunity. 

Favorite show: Avatar: The Last Airbender

Erick Vazquez Cano

Alumni
Alumni
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Originally from Mexico, Erick is now a student in the Chemical Biology Ph.D. program at Harvard. Departing from an analytical chemistry background and a broad interest in cellular metabolism and human disease, Erick’s efforts are currently focused in dissecting the biological and chemical features of different oncometabolites. His studies are generously funded by Fundación Mexico en Harvard and Mexico’s National Council for Science and Technology (CONACyT).  

Happy Place: Lamont Library at Harvard Yard. Proudly, a Lamonster.

Oscar Hernandez Murillo

Alumni
Alumni
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Oscar hails from Guayaquil, a city on the coast of Ecuador. He pursued his undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where he worked on ways to engineer substrate-specific and potentiated variants of the yeast disaggregase Hsp104 in the lab of James Shorter. In the Haigis Lab, Oscar is interested in understanding how different cellular states lead to metabolic reprogramming as to coordinate lipid homeostasis and how cellular pathologies arise when such processes go awry.

Liam Kelley

Alumni
Alumni
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Liam did his undergraduate research in the laboratory of Bryan Ballif at University of Vermont, where he studied blood group systems. He is currently researching the interaction between tumor metabolism and urea cycle dysfunction in the context of hepatocellular carcinoma. In addition, he is interested in studying the contributions of proteomic changes to cancer metabolism.

Hobbies: Editing Wikipedia
Favorite protein: SrcASM

Samantha Wong

Alumni
Alumni
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Sam received her BS in biomedical science at Imperial College London, studying infectious diseases. She then worked as a technician for a year in Bruno Reversade's laboratory before ending up at HMS. Her current work examines the enzymology of prolyl hydroxylase 3 and its role in lipid metabolism.

Sarah Tucker

Alumni
Alumni
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Sarah completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her undergraduate research in the laboratory of Martin Burke was focused on synthesizing less toxic derivatives of antifungal natural products. She is currently interested in understanding mitochondrial sirtuin activity and substrate specificity in the context of metabolic diseases. Her work is supported by a fellowship from Joslin Diabetes Center.

Giulia Notarangelo

Alumni
Alumni
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Giulia completed her undergraduate studies at Mount Holyoke College. After graduating, she spent two years at the NIH in the lab of Michael Lenardo, working on understanding the molecular mechanisms that control cellular responses, and how defects in such responses may lead to diseases of the immune system. She is currently interested in characterizing tumor-immune metabolic interactions in the tumor microenvironment.

Jefte Drijvers

Alumni
Alumni
Alumni
Alumni Position
Senior associate
Alumni Workplace
Third Rock Ventures
Alumni Period
2016 to 2020

Jefte's work, mentored by Marcia Haigis and Arlene Sharpe, focuses on the metabolic regulation of T cell functionality, particularly in the context of immune responses against cancer. He is supported by a fellowship from the National Institutes of Health.

Has a love-hate relationship with: chocolate (it's complicated).

Jessica Spinelli Ph.D

Alumni
Alumni
Alumni
Alumni Position
Postdoctoral Fellow
Alumni Workplace
MIT - David Sabatini Lab
Alumni Period
2015-19

I am interested in the adaptive reprogramming of cancer cells under the selective pressure imposed by therapeutics that enriches the microenvironment with resistant cells.  Specifically, I am interested in understanding the metabolic requirements that support this transition.  My work is supported by the National Science Foundation Grad