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Arlotta Lab

Investigating the biology of neuropsychiatric disorders

Researchers in the Arlotta laboratory are committed to making meaningful contributions to the study of neuropsychiatric disorders. We are based mainly in the Sherman-Fairchild building on Harvard’s Cambridge campus. We also carry out work a the Stanley Center of the Broad Institute.

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Principal Investigator (PI)

Dr. Arlotta is interested in understanding the molecular laws that govern the birth, differentiation and assembly of the cerebral cortex, the part of the brain that controls how we sense, move and think. She integrates developmental and evolutionary knowledge to investigate therapies for brain repair and for modeling neuropsychiatric disease.

Postdoctoral Fellows and Affiliates

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Noelia Antón-Bolaños completed her graduate studies at the Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche.

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Xin Jin is a Harvard Junior Fellow working with Paola Arlotta and Feng Zhang. She obtained her Ph.D. in neuroscience from The Rockefeller University, and her B.Sc in chemistry from MIT.

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Vahbiz Jokhi completed her graduate studies at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and a Junior Research Fellowship with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.

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Amanda Kedaigle is a Computational Biologist at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard who uses single cell sequencing technologies to study brain organoids. She completed her graduate studies at MIT.

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Michal Lipinski completed his graduate studies at the Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche.

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Bruna Paulsen was a postdoctoral fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital before joining the Arlotta Laboratory. She obtained her Ph.D from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, studying schizophrenia and neuronal differentiation.

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Martina Pigoni completed her graduate studies at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences.

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Ashwin Shetty is a postdoctoral fellow at HSCRB and at the Broad Institute. He obtained his Ph.D. in developmental neuroscience from Tata Institute of Fundamental research in Mumbai.

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Jeff focuses his research on the communication between glial cells and neurons in the Central Nervous System. As a postdoc in the Arlotta lab, Jeff researches the neuro-immune interactions that control cortical development.

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Ana obtained her Ph.D. in developmental neurobiology from the Sorbonne University in Paris, studying cortical development and associated malformations.

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Silvia Velasco seeks to understand the mechanistic principles that govern cortical development and function. At the Broad Institute’s Stanley Center, her lab studies the pathogenesis of neuropsychiatric diseases.

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Sung Min Yang did his Ph.D. at the University of Buenos Aires and is now working on neuronal plasticity.

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Wen Yuan is an experienced molecular biologist working on neonatal brain development and epigenetic modifications.

Staff Scientists

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Chiara is a staff scientist with years of RNA library expertise and contributes to many areas of research in the lab.

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Juliana Brown is a staff scientist and grant writer who brings her critical insights to every project in the lab.

Ph.D. Candidates

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Aurora Zhang was a Fulbright Research Fellow at Helmholtz Zentrum München before joining HSCRB. She completed her undergraduate studies at Stanford University.

Technical Staff

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Catherine Abbate joined the Arlotta Lab from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she completed her undergraduate studies.

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Paul Oyler-Castrillo joined the Arlotta Lab from the University of Chicago, where he completed his undergraduate studies and rowed crew.

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Samantha Smith joined the Arlotta Lab from Emmanuel College, where she completed her undergraduate studies.

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Ashley Tucewicz joined the Arlotta Lab from the Dickinson College, where she completed her undergraduate studies.

Faculty Assistant

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Bill McCallum is Paola Arlotta’s trusty faculty assistant.

Lab Manager

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Zachary Trayes-Gibson joined the Arlotta Lab from Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was a laboratory manager. Before MGH, he was a research assistant in Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He studied biological sciences at the University of Chicago.

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