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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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Vinicius is focused on screening genes as potential candidates to be modulated using modRNAs and promote cardiac regeneration in ischemic hearts.

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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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Mohsen is working on signaling pathways regulating cardiac development that can be translated in in-vitro, stem-cell-derived cardiomyocyte development.

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Ana is investigating how we can increase the loss of heart cells that occurs with age or after an injury such as heart attack. Her focus has been on investigating internally driven mechanisms using exercise models.

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Ryan is a structural biologist who explores the nuances of protein:protein interactions.

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Jiapeng is interested in the investigation of aging and disease with novel high-resolution mass spectrometry methods, understanding the health effect of the lipid peroxidation, exposome and designing strategies to reduce exposure-associated adverse effects.

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

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Niranjana is interested in the role of inflammation in early cardiac regeneration.

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Anu’s current research interest involves investigating how consumption of high fructose drinks (soda) affects the development of metabolic diseases.

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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.

Research Assistants

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Rebecca joined the Lee Lab after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Boston University. Her current focus is in studying maturation of stem cell derived cardiomyocytes.

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Kourtney is studying aging and GDF11 signaling in blood.

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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Jeffrey is a medical student from Germany who is currently working on developing immunoprivileged cardiomyocytes derived from human induced pluripotent stem 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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Annie’s senior thesis work (2020) is focused on elucidating the single-cell transcriptional landscape of cardiomyocytes.

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

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Aishah’s senior thesis work (2020) concerns enhancing cardiomyocyte purity in 3-dimensional cell culture.

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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Marinna is studying how the arrestin protein Arrdc4 controls glucose metabolism.

Photo of Rachel Hew

Rachel is studying ways to promote cardiac regeneration in ischemic hearts.

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