Mina Abdollahi earned her first master’s degree in inorganic chemistry in Isfahan, Iran and her second in pharmaceutical sciences at Northeastern University in Boston. Before joining IPI’s antibody production team, Mina worked as a pharmacy supervisor at CVS. In her free time, she enjoys woodworking with her husband.
Prior to joining the IPI team, Krishna Anand earned her bachelor’s degree at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. There, she worked in the Shampay Lab, designing protein constructs in the model organism Xenopus laevis. Her protein is potentially involved in suppression of DNA damage at the chromosome ends.
Murali Anuganti comes to IPI from his postdoc at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. Before that, he received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, in 2018, studying the kinetics of enzymatic hydrolysis using a model cellulose film and surface plasmon resonance method. Originally from Telangana, India, Murali says that if he were a car, he would be a Ferrari.
Before joining IPI’s Antibody Production team, Nirakar Basnet worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, using cryo-electron microscopy and cryo-electron tomography to study axon branch development. During his Ph.D. at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Germany, he demonstrated that the protein SSNA1 plays a key role in neuronal development and acts as a mechanism for microtubule branching. Basnet is originally from Kathmandu, Nepal, and can be heard mumbling songs as he works in the lab.
Filmawit Belay earned her bachelor’s degree at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. She completed an internship at Boston University in the chemistry REU program, followed by an intership at Biogen in pharmaceutical operations and technology. She cannot live without injera, a type of Tigrigna flatbread.
Commercial Development Manager
Yamina A. Berchiche
Yamina A. Berchiche earned her Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of Montreal, specializing in G-protein-coupled receptor molecular pharmacology. Before IPI, she worked as a scientist in academia, government and the private sector. Most recently, she was a scientific account manager at Abcam, a global life sciences company. Yamina speaks five languages and, in her free time, makes handcrafted soap.
Accounts Payable and Payroll Specialist
Salma Clark previously worked as the HR and payroll coordinator for Herb Chambers BMW of Boston. She holds an MBA from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. She has been to Thailand three times.
Kathy Chen is responsible for purchasing supplies and equipment and performing accounting tasks such as preparing monthly journal entries, completing monthly prepaid expenses, payroll, and deferred reconciliations here at IPI. She has worked at IPI for two years, and loves that she can learn about procurement, accounting and the Institute.
Originally from Worcester, Massachusetts, Joana Dhima worked at Boston Medical Center, helping customers at the podiatry clinic. If she were a car, she would be a Jeep — she loves going on big adventures! Her favorite thing about IPI is the diversity.
Senior Accounting Manager
Egesta Faber has over a decade of accounting management experience in the Boston area. She is excited by IPI’s goals and brings her optimistic view of life to the team as senior accounting manager. Faber is from Braintree, Massachusetts and her childhood was defined by “Tom and Jerry.”
Prior to joining IPI, Caitlin Faulds covered climate change and environmental justice as a multimedia journalist. She’s written and podcasted about COVID-19, new technology in psychiatry and breakthroughs in detecting alien life. Find her covering IPI’s big goals — and the people achieving them — or reading through old newspaper archives to see what dramas made the front page centuries ago.
Elizabeth Gavin earned her bachelor’s in global biology from Georgetown University, in Washington D.C., where she worked in the Schlegel Lab repurposing FDA-approved drugs (such as artesunate for malaria) to improve cervical cancer treatments. She also worked in the Umemori Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital, studying the effects of particular biomolecules in the brain. Prior to IPI and during the pandemic, Eliza worked as a medical assistant in family medicine at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. A fun fact: Eliza has flown on an airplane over 2,000 times.
Anita Ghosh studied and worked at Purdue University, Johns Hopkins University and Boston University. In her previous roles, she used structural, biochemical and biophysical methods to understand the roles proteins play in disease pathogenesis and drug resistance. Anita is from Kolkata, India and a movie that defined her childhood is Jaws.
Ngan Ho comes to IPI from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. Her favorite things about IPI are the professional workplace and friendly colleagues. A fun fact: while people think she’s skinny, she actually loves to eat snacks constantly!
Nick Hollmer is from Clifton Park, New York, and recently graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He spent his undergraduate research experience studying transcriptional targets of drug resistance pathways in yeast. If Nick were a car, he would be a Bugatti and he loves that everyone at IPI is willing to help out if he ever has questions.
Olivia Jannine is a lab technician from central Massachusetts. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nutritional science and previously worked at Winchester Hospital as a diet technician. Olivia has a poster of the periodic table of elements in her room and makes the case that sushi is equally fundamental to life.
Deepash Kothiwal, originally from Kishangarh, India, joins IPI’s Antibody Discovery team from the Buratowski Lab at Harvard Medical School focused, where he was a postdoctoral fellow studying RNA polymerase II C-terminal domain phosphorylation. He completed his Ph.D. in the Laloraya Lab at the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru, India, where he investigated the impact of cohesin dysfunction in cell wall defects in budding yeast. Kothiwal is drawn to the academic heart of IPI — which keeps his inner researcher alive in a fast-paced collaborative work environment.
Haiying Li comes to IPI from Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where she worked as a research fellow. Previously, she was an assistant professor and director of the Multi-Omics Core Facility at ShanghaiTech University. Haiying is originally from China, completed her Ph.D. at the University of Southern Denmark and has lived in five countries in the past 10 years.
Sabrina Liu holds a master’s degree in digital media from Northeastern University and a master’s in nutrition sciences from Boston University. She helps design and grow the IPI brand and builds the user experience with all audiences in mind. Liu is from Taipei, Taiwan, and loves the creative inspiration that comes after a good walk in the sun.
Halle Marchese is a science writer from Florida, where she covered research in fields ranging from ichthyology to information science. Now, she writes about the science and scientists that fuel IPI’s mission. She once hitchhiked 100 miles in Alaska to get to Denali National Park – and made it alive! Her favorite thing about IPI is that everyone is here for a purpose.
Before IPI, Sarah Merry was the executive assistant to the Chair of the Genetics Department at Harvard Medical School. Three fun facts about her: she loves British history, has two Tonkinese cats and enjoys audiobooks — she has over 400 in her library!
Before joining IPI, Amita Patel worked for Foundation Medicine Inc as a molecular technologist III, performing molecular testing to identify cancer care for targeted cancer treatment. She previously worked as a medical technologist and performed laboratory testing at Boston Children’s Hospital. Something fun to know about Amita: if she were a car, she’d be Toyota Rav 4 — strong, capable and ready for an adventure!
Principal Research Associate
Matt Salotto worked in antibody discovery at Adimab for five years, managing many antibody campaigns. He focused on platform optimization, testing nanodiscs and whole cell selection for G-protein-coupled receptor targets. Matt ran a poker club at Adimab and his hometown is York, Pennsylvania.
Information Technology Manager
Stephen Sousa is an IT professional with 26 years of IT experience and 20 years of experience implementing technology solutions. Before IPI, he worked as the IT manager at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Poverty Action Lab, and as a senior database programmer and analyst at the Archdiocese of Boston.
Sophia Ulmer is from Denver, Colorado, and recently graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a degree in chemical and biological engineering. While there, she was an undergraduate research assistant in Timothy Whitehead’s lab. One fun fact about Sophia is she drafted an entire fantasy novel while in middle and high school. She hopes to one day publish a work of creative writing.
Senior Software Engineer
As senior software engineer, Mahesh Vangala is IPI’s data science and bioinformatics expert. He brings more than 12 years of hands-on experience in academic, research and clinical settings working with genomic and clinical data. Vangala is originally from Tadipatri, a small town in southern India, and is a big fan of the movie “Good Will Hunting” — a Boston favorite.
Senior Research Associate
Chang Yang is from Taiyuan, China, and worked as a research associate at AB Biosciences, focusing on antibody-antigen interactions. Chang loves Disney princess movies and if there is one food she cannot live without, it is fruit.
Roushu Zhang joined IPI after earning bachelor’s degrees from Sichuan University in China and the University of New Mexico, as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. Her research focused on biochemistry and glycobiology, and she is currently working on antibody production. Roushu has an additional bone in her ankle, making the total number of bones in her body to be 207!
Principal Scientist Team Leader
Before joining IPI, Haisun Zhu was a principal scientist at Novo Nordisk Research Center in China, where he developed antibodies and biologics to treat hemophilia and diabetes. One antibody he discovered is currently in clinical trials. A fun fact: Haisun once put together a 6,000-piece jigsaw puzzle in three months — it covered his entire living room floor.
Shaotong Zhu comes to IPI from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where she worked as a postdoc, studying the structure and function of human neurotransmitter receptors. A fun fact about Shaotong: she reads her horoscope every week.