Mina Abdollahi earned her first MS degree in inorganic chemistry in Isfahan, Iran and her second pharmaceutical sciences at Northeastern University in Boston. She worked as a pharmacy supervisor at CVS. After graduating, she joined IPI’s Antibody Production team. Fun fact: she enjoys woodworking with her husband.
Jared Adolf-Bryfogle earned his PhD at Drexel University’s College of Medicine, and completed his Postdoctoral Fellowship at Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. A prolific developer of protein modeling and engineering software, Jared created general frameworks for both computational antibody design and high-resolution glycan modeling. A fun fact: Jared still has his original PSVR headset signed by the entire White Moon Dreams entertainment studio.
Prior to joining the IPI team, Krishna Anand earned her BS degree at Reed College, where 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.
Filmawit Belay earned her BS 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.
James Bowman earned his BS and PhD at the University of Southern California, where he worked in a virology lab, studying a viral oncogene and ubiquitin ligases. James’ favorite childhood movie is Space Godzilla.
Accounts Payable and Payroll Specialist
Salma Clark previously worked for Herb Chamber BMW of Boston and 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.
Sun Sook Chung
Sun Sook Chung was a postdoctoral research fellow at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute following her PhD studies at King’s College London, UK. She is a hybrid systems biology scientist, having studied leukemia via computational analysis and wet-lab experiments. Sun’s fun fact is that she has lived in three countries: South Korea, UK and, of course, US.
Mireia Sola Colom
Mireia Sola Colom studied biotechnology in Barcelona, Spain, and earned her PhD in molecular biology in Goettingen, Germany. Fun fact: outside of the lab, she likes to play rugby!
Elizabeth Gavin earned her BS in global biology from Georgetown University, in Washington DC, where she worked in the Schlegel Lab repurposing currently 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. Elizabeth 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, NY, and recently graduated from Syracuse University with a BS 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.
During her PhD, Maria Llases studied how chaperones insert copper ions into metalloenzymes. She joined IPI after a stint at a startup company, where she worked in the discovery and optimization of CRISPR-Cas enzymes. Fun fact: her biggest lab fear is finding unlabeled bottles, flasks and tubes!
Before IPI, Melissa Macasaet worked as an Executive Administrative Assistant in a South Boston hotel, where she ran payroll, accounting and dealt with human resources. Fun fact: Melissa worked as a professor of tourism in the Philippines!
Ben Meinen obtained his BS and MS at Martin-Luther University in Germany, and his PhD in a joint program between MLU Halle-Wittenberg and the University of Michigan (UM) in Ann Arbor. He has worked with protein chaperones, intrinsically disordered protein–protein folding, and amyloid formation. He also led the analytical ultracentrifugation unit at the UM. Ben’s hometown is Dusseldorf, Germany.
Isabelle R. Moczygemba
Prior to joining IPI, Isabelle R Moczygemba studied biochemistry at the University of Washington in St Louis, Missouri. One fun fact: Isabelle is a PADI ceritified scuba diver.
Edson Carcamo Noriega
Edson Carcamo Noriega earned his PhD in biochemistry and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Biotechnology, UNAM, in Cuernavaca, Mexico. He studied diseases such as tuberculosis and type 2 diabetes and explored protein aggregation, scorpion venom and antimicrobial compounds. Edson loves knitting hats and scarves, crocheting and needlepoint.
Before joining IPI, Amita Patel worked for Foundation Medicine Inc as a molecular technologist III, where she performed molecular testing to identify cancer care for targeted cancer treatment. She also worked at Boston Children’s Hospital as a medical technologist III, performing laboratory testing. Something fun to know about Amita: if she were a car, she’d be Toyota Rav 4: strong, capable and ready for an adventure!
Arturo Vera Rodriguez
Arturo Vera Rodriquez was trained as a biochemist, earning a PhD in molecular biology at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Gottingen, Germany. He completed a year-long stint in industry, creating nanobodies in alpacas. His favorite food is avocados.
Senior Research Associate
Matt Solotto 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 poker club at Adimab and his hometown is York, PA.
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/Analyst at the Archdiocese of Boston.
Frank David Teets III
Frank David Teets III earned his PhD at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he developed requirement-driven de novo protein design algorithms.
Principal Research Associate
Prior to joining IPI, Ian Truebridge completed his MS degree in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He worked in the Vierling Lab, focusing on proteins that mediate oxidative/nitrosative stress in the model plant, Arabidopsis thaliana. Ian’s favorite childhood movie is Shrek.
Sophia Ulmer is from Denver, CO, 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 and hopes to one day publish a work of creative writing.
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 fruits.
Roushu Zhang joined IPI after earning BS degrees from the Sichuan University in China and the University of New Mexico, as well as a PhD from the University of Maryland. She focused on biochemistry and glycobiology and 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 and 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 6000-piece jigsaw puzzle in three months, which covered his entire living room floor.
PrincipalScientist, Antibody Production
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!