Ollie Jonas, PhD.
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Department of Radiology, Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Faculty, Joint Center for Cancer Precision Medicine, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Associate Member, The Broad Institute
Abby Weyer is currently a rising junior pursuing a BS in Materials Science and Engineering and a minor in Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University. She previously worked at MGH and the Harvard Center for Nanoscale Systems developing an image compatible EEG neonatal electrode through vapor deposition techniques. Her research interests include developing polymer based drug delivery systems to improve drug release and diffusion in the treatment of cancers. Outside the lab, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing the cello, and going to music concerts.
Benjamin is an HT(ASCP) certified histotechnician who has 15+ years of clinical and research pathology experience with a variety of species and sample types including implanted medical devices, scaffolds and stents. He loves to work on projects with innovative ideas that combine the fields of engineering, technology and biology research such as the Jonas lab Bio Micro Device! The challenge of developing protocols with unique and difficult requirements is the reason he started working in research 15 years ago under Dr. Vandenburg at Brown University/Cell Based Delivery (engineering muscle cells for implantable drug delivery) while going to school at Rhode Island College for fine arts. He changed schools, completed Histotechnology course work and certification and has been doing histology ever since. He is an experienced solid surface fabricator, carpenter and mechanic with manual/automated histopathology equipment operation, modification and troubleshooting expertise. He also held positions at Mass Histology Service working on research and veterinary pathology for three years, at Boston Children’s Hospital working on clinical and research pathology for six years, at Harvard Medical School working on research pathology for one year, at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital working on clinical pathology for two years and for the past three years has held a lead position at the BWH Specialized Histopathology core where he develops IHC, IF, ISH, FISH and histochemical assays for many scientists.
Christine grew up in Rochester, NY and lived in London, England for her high school years. She studied psychology at Boston College and got her Master’s in physiology and biophysics from Georgetown University. Her research interests include the neurophysiology of neurodegenerative disorders and the delivery of cancer therapeutics through microdevice implantation. Outside of the lab, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exploring Boston, playing board games, cooking new foods, and playing recreational sports. She plans to go to medical school in a few years.
Devon obtained his BS in Bioengineering with a minor in Chemistry from University of the Pacific in 2018. He previously worked at MGH in the Tearney Lab, where he designed and manufactured a novel miniaturized tethered capsule endoscope. Additionally, he worked at a biotech start up that used umbilical cord tissue to make regenerative medicine products. In the near future, he plans to obtain his PhD in Biomedical Engineering with a focus in Regenerative Medicine. During his free time, he enjoys traveling, snow boarding, scuba diving, and playing racquetball.
Fredrick grew up in Winchester, Massachusetts. He graduated from the University of Rochester majoring in Cell and Developmental Biology with a minor in Chemistry. He worked at MGH studying cancer genetics and 3D printing technologies before moving to the Jonas Lab. He is interested in using engineering principals to streamline and improve the treatment of cancers by creating a lab in a patient. He hopes to go on to earn a PhD in biomedical engineering with a focus in tissue engineering. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, scuba diving, mixed martial arts, and computer design.
Dr. Janghyuk Lee has 10+ years of research and hands-on experience in design and development of advanced laser and nonlinear optical imaging systems for biology and material science. He received his Ph.D. in Physics and Photon Science from the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) in 2015 working on coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) spectroscopy and nonlinear optical microscopy. He joined the Molecular Spectroscopy Department at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Germany as a postdoctoral researcher in 2015, and his main research focused on development of broadband CARS microspectroscopy for biopolymer samples. Afterwards, he joined the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a postdoctoral research fellow in 2016. He developed a tailored light source for multimodal multiphoton imaging system based on fs laser with PCF and pulse shaper that offers numerous label-free techniques including THG, SHG, 2PEF, 3PEF, CARS, SRS, OCT, and FLIM in one platform for biomedical and material samples.
Jennifer Kim is a research fellow with 10 years of training at MGH and the NIH, focused on investigating the effects of HDAC and MPO inhibition on neuroprotection, anti-inflammation, neurogenesis, and improved neurobehavioral outcome in MCAO-induced stroke models. She has also worked in the GW Cancer Center, investigating immunoepigenetics and immunotherapy for cancer cells by using HDAC6 inhibitors against cancer. With the Jonas lab, she is currently focused on cancer immunotherapy approaches involving microdevice implantation in tumors, as well as investigating inflammation, immune response, and neuroprotection in Alzheimer’s disease for the development of therapeutic and preventive strategies for neurodegenerative diseases.
Seb obtained a dual BA in physics and biochemistry & molecular biology from Boston University in 2016. With the Jonas Lab, he focuses on computational histopathology using machine learning and the development of tools and algorithms for high-throughput biomedical image processing. When away from the lab, he enjoys producing electronic music and tries to learn new languages.
Sharath Bhagavatula completed his BS at Cornell University in Electrical/Computer Engineering, MD at NYU, and is currently at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for radiology residency and interventional radiology fellowship. His research interests focus on developing and translating novel tools for minimally invasive cancer diagnosis and treatment. Outside of work, he enjoys playing tennis, jogging outside, and watching tv.
Veronica is originally from Italy and obtained her PhD degree in cancer biology in March 2019 from the University of Rome. She was a visiting PhD student at BIDMC/Harvard Medical School for more than two years, where she studied thyroid cancer cell metabolism. Veronica established a novel correlation between BRAFV600E oncogene and modulation of lipid metabolism, giving new insights into target drug resistance mechanisms in papillary thyroid cancer. In the Jonas lab, she will study the relationship between cancer metabolism and tumor immunosurveillance, focusing on developing strategies to characterize immune cells infiltration and activity with metabolite abundance.
Zuzana completed her doctoral research in the Cancer Stem Cell lab of Dr. Joerg Huelsken at École Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne. The project was performed in collaboration with Dr. Maerkl lab from the School of Engineering. Her thesis work involved development of microfluidic devices for functional characterization of rare primary stem cells. The platform allowed for the first time to perform chemotaxis measurements for primary stem cells and is dedicated for high-throughput functional screens. She joined the laboratories of Dr. Joe Gray (OHSU) and Dr. Oliver Jonas (MIT) in April 2017.