Jacqueline Lees

Jacqueline Lees

Principal Investigator
Education: Ph.D., University of London, 1990

Professor of Biology
Virginia & D.K. Ludwig Professor for Cancer Research
Associate Department Head, Department of Biology
Associate Director, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research
Director, MIT Stem Cell Initiative


Adam Amsterdam

Adam Amsterdam

Research Scientist
Education: Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998
Project title: Modeling the genetics of uveal melanoma in zebrafish

Colin Fowler

Colin Fowler

Graduate Student, MIT Biology
Education: B.S., Biological Chemistry & Chemistry, The University of Chicago, 2017
Project title: Elucidating the roles of detained introns in stem cell biology

Kevin Gibbons

MSRP-Bio summer student
Education: B.S., Biological Sciences, The University of Maryland, Baltimore County, expected 2023
Project title: Investigating the regulation of Taz in uveal melanoma

Renin Hazan

Renin Hazan

Postdoctoral Associate, MIT Biology
Education: PhD in Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Project title: Investigating the cytoplasmic role of E2F4 in multiciliogenesis

Sofia Hu

Graduate Student, MIT Biology, Harvard-MIT MD/PhD Program
Education: B.S. in Biology, Cornell University, 2017
Project title: Gene expression heterogeneity and transcription factor antagonism in embryonic stem cells

Zixuan Liu

Undergraduate Student, MIT Biological Engineering
Project title: Mechanisms of PRMT5 inhibitor response in LUAD and PDAC

Swanny Lamboy

Graduate Student, MIT Biology
Education: B.S., University of Puerto Rico at Humacao
Project title: Probing Driving Pathways of Uveal Melanoma Tumorigenesis and Metastasis

Kate Lu

Undergraduate Student, MIT Computer Science and Molecular Biology
Project title: Synergistic effect of 8q genes RAD21 and MYC in promoting oncogenesis

Natalie O'Hearn

Undergraduate Student, MIT Biological Engineering
Project title: Investigating the necessity of CLNS1A in promoting cellular proliferation

Pedro Pozo

Postdoctoral Associate
Education: PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2018.
Project title: Mechanisms of PRMT5 inhibitor response in LUAD and PDAC

Rachael Rogers

Technical Associate
Education: B.S., Molecular Biology, Brigham Young University, 2021.
Project title: Role of PRMT5 in cancer resistance

Griffin Salus

Technical Associate
Education: B.A/M.A Biochemistry and Molecular Biology/Biotechnology
Project Title: Establishing the mechanistic requirement for BMI1 in melanocyte biology

Xiaofeng Allen Su

Research Scientist
Education: PhD, Genetics and Molecular Biology, Tufts University, 2016
Project title: Tumor-specific Aneuploidy and Genomic Instability in Cancers

Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson

Administrative Assistant
Education: Southeastern Massachusetts University

Kirby Bell Lees

Canine consultant
Education: Homeschooled
Project title: Sleeping, playing, and unconditional love

Gretel Bell Lees

Lab mascot
Education: Homeschooled
Project title: Olfactory evaluation of flora and fauna of the Greater Boston Area






Lab Alumni

Graduate Students

Molly Wilson (2022).
Grace Phelps (2022).
Elaine Kuo (2021). Patent Technical Specialist, K&L Gates.
Wendy Ruoxi Wang (2021).
Helen Mueller (2021). Postdoctoral Fellow, Memorial Sloan Kettering Institute. 
Hannah Hagen (2019).  Consultant, Boston Consulting Group.
Rachit Neupane (2019).  Senior Associate, Clarion Healthcare.
Monica Stanciu (2017). Associate, RA Capital Management.
Daniel Karl (2016). Scientist and Bioinformatician, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami.
Dahlia Perez (2016). Postdoctoral Fellow, Weizmann Institute of Science.
Simona Nedelcu (2013). Neurology Resident, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Keren Hilgendorf (2013). Assistant Professor, University of Utah. 
Crystal Lee (2012).
Nelly Cruz (2011). Research Scientist, University of Washington.
Eliezer Calo (2011). Assistant Professor, MIT Biology.
Emily Miller (2009). High school science teacher.
Allison Landman (2009). Deputy Editor, The Lancet Oncology, London UK.
Laurie Friesenhahn (2008). Patent Agent, Norton Rose Fulbright.
Phil Iaquinta (2007). Senior Research Scientist, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Seth Berman (2007). Principal at ClearView Healthcare Partners.
Kevin Lai (2006). Associate Director, Sigilon Therapeutics.
Aaron Aslanian (2005). Scientist, Illumina.
Maria Courel (2005). Head of KS3 Science, The Judd School, UK.
Eunice Lee (2005). Branch Chief. Molecular Pathology and Cytology, US Food and Drug Administration.
Jennifer King (2003). Director of Science and Research, Lung Cancer Alliance.
Rebecca Landsberg (2003). Associate Professor, Biology, The College of Saint Rose.
Jeff Trimarchi (2001). Professor, Department of Genetics, Development, and Cell Biology, Iowa State University.
Elad Gil (2001). Entrepreneur, consultant, and investor. Co-founder and Chairman of Color Genomics.
Raluca Verona (2000). Director of Immuno-Oncology at Janssen R&D.
Brian Fairchild (1999). Partner at Goodwin Procter LLP.
Ken Moberg (1998). Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology, Emory University.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Tiziana Parisi. Cancer Biologist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Naniye Cetinbas Malli. Scientist, Mersana Therapeutics.
Vincent Guen. Staff scientist, Institute of Genetics and Development at Rennes, France.
Roberta Ferretti. Senior Scientist, Translational In Vivo Pharmacology and Oncology, EMD Serono.
Andrea Henle. Assistant Professor of Biology, Carthage College.
GuangJun Zhang. Assistant Professor of Genetic Research, Genetic Epidemiology and Comparative Medicine, Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Alessandra Ianari – Research Scientist, The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.
Amy Hansen. Preceptor in the Life Sciences, Harvard University.
Mindy Maynard. Research Associate at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.
Christopher Sansam. Associate Member, Cell Cycle & Cancer Biology Research Program, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.
Alyson MacInnes. Senior cell and molecular biologist, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam.
Jen Shepard Dovey. Associate Director, Celgene.
Henrijette Richter. Managing Partner, Sofinnova Partners.
Frances Connor.
Patrick Humbert. Professor of Cancer Biology, College of Science, Health, and Engineering. La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.
Ulrike Ziebold. Project Leader, Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin, Germany.
Kirsten Edepli (Kirsten Sadler). Associate Professor and Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity, New York University in Abu Dhabi.

Research Scientist

Paul Danielian (2021).

Undergraduate Researchers

Abena Peasah (2021). Graduate Student at Stanford University. 
Lynn Liu (2020).  NYU Grossman School of Medicine.
Nicole Zambrana Garcia (2020, University of Puerto Rico).  Graduate Student at University of Michigan.
Ravenne Nasser (2019). Technical Project Manager at Human Care Systems.
Elizabeth Li (2018). MD-PhD student at Yale School of Medicine.
Erika Arias (2018). MD-PhD student at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine.
Stephanie Riocci (2016). Clinical Research Coordinator at Science 37.
Camila Chile (2016). Medical student at Tufts University School of Medicine.
Molly McNamara (2016). Graduate student at Harvard in Biological Sciences in Public Health.
Melissa Lau. Science Writer.
Jose Quintero-Estades. Physician, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, San Juan.
Ann Marie Faust. Investigator III, Synthetic Biology, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research.


Anna Kuperman. Research Assistant II at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Leilani Chirino. MD/PhD Candidate, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Julia Sero. Postdoctoral Fellow, The Institute of Cancer Research, London.
Julie West. Palliative Nurse Practitioner, Mercy Hospital, MA.
Tina Yuan. Investigator, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research.
Tammi Reza. Ironwood Pharmaceuticals.