Lab Members

Our lab is a busy, dynamic place where people at all career stages work on independent research. Each of us brings something unique to the table – and whether we’re deep into our work in the lab or enjoying a break on the Charles, we always pull together.
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Jessica Whited studies limb regeneration in axolotl salamanders. Her lab develops tools to manipulate gene expression during limb regeneration, and explores signaling events following wound healing that initiate the regenerative process.

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Will is the lead animal husbandry technician for the Whited Lab. He is a graduate of Tufts University and a wizard at power tools. Will had extensive previous experience with aquatic animals while at the New England Aquarium. His hometown is New York City.

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Madison is a University of Maine graduate with a B.S. in Marine Science. She has a wide range of knowledge about aquatic species. Her primary role in the lab is assisting with axolotl husbandry.

Fellows

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​Nick Leigh earned his B.S. in Biology from Lafayette College, and obtained his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from Roswell Park Cancer Institute/SUNY Buffalo. His research interest is the impact of the immune system on the initiation and progress of limb regeneration.

Photo of Konstantinos “Kostas” Sousounis

Kostas joined the Whited Lab in the 2016 to lead a collaborative project with Mike Levin’s group at the Allen Discovery Center, Tufts University. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Dayton in the lab of Dr. Panagiotis Tsonis, and held a postdoctoral research position in the lab of Dr. Joanna Jankowsky at Baylor.

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Michael Elgart earned his B.Sc. and Masters degree from the department of Genetics and Molecular Medicine at Tel-Aviv University. His research focused on the plasticity of organ development via the eye model system. While pursuing his Ph.D. in the Weizmann Institute, he investigated plasticity during development at the whole-organism level. Michael is fascinated by the biological processes of plasticity and adaptation, and their culmination in the form of regeneration.

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​Fallon Durant earned her B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience and Biomedical Physics from Northeastern University, and obtained her Ph.D. in Biology from Tufts University in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Levin. Fallon’s research interests center on understanding how ‘regenerative’ animals are able to prevent scarring. She believes that unveiling how axolotls innately antagonize fibrosis will lead to the discovery of new therapeutics that could help millions of people.

Graduate Students

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Duygu Payzin is a graduate student in the BBS program at Harvard Medical School. She earned her B.S. degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Bilkent University, and holds an M.S. degree in Molecular Biology from Koc University.

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Garrett Dunlap is a graduate student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) Ph.D. program at Harvard University. He earned his B.S. in Biology from Case Western Reserve University, where his minor was Political Science.

Undergraduate Students

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Rachel is an undergraduate at Harvard University in the class of 2019 studying Molecular and Cellular Biology.

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Alan is a Class of 2019 undergraduate at Harvard College studying Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology, with a secondary in Linguistics.

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​José Martinez Fernandez is an undergraduate at Harvard University studying Human Development and Regenerative Biology.

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Anna Henricks is an undergraduate at Harvard College, studying Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology.

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Jihee Han is an undergraduate student at Harvard College studying Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology, with a secondary in Germanic and Scandinavian studies.

Kath Courtemanche is an undergraduate student at Harvard College.

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Emily is a class of 2021 undergraduate at Harvard University, studying Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology.

Photo of ​Annabella Espinoza

Annabella is a class of 2021 undergraduate at Harvard University, studying Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology.

Alumni

April was a postdoc in our lab, and went on to work as a scientist at Acceleron Pharma in Cambridge, MA.

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