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Lee Lab

The Lee Lab in May 2019, outside the Sherman-Fairchild/Bauer complex at Harvard University.

Lee Lab People

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Rich Lee seeks to understand heart failure and metabolic diseases that accompany human aging, and translate that understanding into therapies. Lee is an active clinician, regularly treating patients at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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Celia Shneider is the Faculty Assistant for Jack Strominger and Rich Lee.

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Elisabeth is the Research Lab Manager for the Lee Lab.

Postdoctoral Fellows

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Jessica is focused on developing immunocompatible, mature cardiomyocytes derived from induced pluripotent stem cells for future clinical translation.

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Shuoshuo is currently focused on the impacts of innate immune systems in cardiac regeneration as well as systemic molecular analysis on myocardial fibrosis in the context of ageing and diets.

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Axel’s main work is to discover DNA adducts that track aging and its associated pathologies such as Alzheimer Disease (AD) using analytical chemistry instruments (HPLC-MS/MS, Q-tof, Orbitrap, NMR).

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Junya is focused on differentiation of vascularized myocardium from human induced pluripotent stem cells for future clinical use.

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Sezin is currently working on unraveling how Arrestin genes impact carbohydrate metabolism.

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Alexander is focused on identifying the causal role of mitochondrial DNA mutations in aging and cardiovascular disease, as well as the development of therapeutic interventions to restore or improve mitochondrial function and disease outcomes.

Research Assistants

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Kourtney is studying aging and GDF11 signaling in blood.

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Megan is investigating the role and molecular mechanisms of alpha arrestin domain-containing protein (ARRDC4 and Txnip) on glucose metabolism in vivo and ex vivo.

Graduate Students

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John is a biochemist who studies TGF-Beta protein function and activation in vivo and the effects on cardiac and skeletal muscle development.

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Daphne is focused on developing immune tolerant stem cell derived cardiomyocytes as clinically viable treatment for heart failure.

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Monica is a PhD student from the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program. She is interested in cardiac regeneration in fibrosis and aging.

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Jannika is an international master student from Germany. She focuses on GDF8/11 signaling in endothelial cells.

Undergraduate Students

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Maggie’s research work concerns finding genetic pathways for cardiomyocyte proliferation, as well as investigating mechanisms of sarcomere disassembly.

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Gabby’s current focus is cardiomyocyte maturation and immune response to iPSC-cardiomyocyte treatment.

Photo of Veronika Melnik

Veronika is studying the in vivo role of the arrestin protein Txnip and its binding to thioredoxin during aging.

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Emma is studying the structure-function relations of GDF11 and GDF8 in vivo using genetically engineered mice.

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Anthony is studying the role of the complement system in heart regeneration.

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