Principal Investigator

Kevin Haigis

Director, Cancer Genetics, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

During his graduate training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Haigis studied the somatic genetics of intestinal tumor initiation under the guidance of Dr. William Dove. In his post-doctoral work, Dr. Haigis studied the oncogenic properties of the RAS GTPases in the laboratory of Dr. Tyler Jacks in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Cancer Research (now the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research).

Contact: khaigis at bidmc dot harvard dot edu


Instructor in Medicine

Moon Hee Yang

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B.S. in Biology, Sookmyung Women's University (2001)
M.S. in Biology, Sookmyung Women's University (2003)
Ph.D. in Biology (Genomics), Sookmyung Women's University (2007)
Research Topic: Regulation of Ras oncogenicity by post translational modification
Research Interests: Cancer biology, cell biology, posttranslational modification, cancer mouse model, CRISPR
Contact: myang3 at bidmc dot harvard dot edu


Postdoctoral Fellows

Lucia Suarez-Lopez


B.Sc. in Biology, Oviedo University, Spain (2006)
M.Sc. in Biomedicine, Barcelona University, Spain (2008)
Ph.D. in Biomedicine, Barcelona University-Vall d'Hebron Research Institute, Spain (2013)
Research Topic: Elucidating the role of p38MAPK/MK2 pathway in response to chemotherapy, chronic inflammation and inflammation-associated tumorigenesis. (Co-advised by Michael B. Yaffe, MIT)
Research Interests: Cancer biology, inflammation, DNA damage, intestinal biology, systems biology
Contact: lsuarez1 at bidmc dot harvard dot edu

Christian Johnson


B.S. in Biology, UNC Asheville (2009)
M.S. in Molecular and Structural Biochemistry, NC State (2012)
Ph.D. in Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Northeastern University (2015)
Research Topic: Rare oncogenic mutations in K-Ras colorectal cancers
Research Interests: Models of cancer, oncogenic mutants of Ras, signal transduction, enzyme structure and kinetics
Contact: cwjohnso at bidmc dot harvard dot edu

Olesja Popow


B.S. in Biomedical Science, University of Marburg, Germany (2010)
M.S. in Biomedical Science, University of Groningen, The Netherlands (2012)
Ph.D. in Cancer Biology, University of Dundee, UK (2016)
Research Topic: Analysis of proteome-wide changes in KRas-mutant cells and tissue by mass spectrometry (Co-advised by Steven Gygi, HMS)
Research Interests: Cancer biology, cell biology, proteomics
Contact: opopow at bidmc dot harvard dot edu

Doug Brubaker

B.S. in Mathematics, Case Western Reserve University (2013)
Ph.D. in Systems Biology and Bioinformatics, Case Western Reserve University (2016)
Research Topic: Computational translation of insights from mouse models and cell lines to human in vivo biology in inflammatory bowel disease and cancer (Co-advised by Douglas Lauffenburger at MIT). 
Research Interests: Computational biology, network analysis, machine learning, systems biology, and precision medicine. 
Contact: dkb50 at mit dot edu

Alina Starchenko


B.S. in Biological Engineering, Cornell University (2010)
M.Eng in Biomedical and Tissue engineering, Cornell University (2011)
Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology, Vanderbilt University (2017)
Research Topic:  Analysis of immune system deregulation in autoimmune and inflammatory disease
Research Interests: Immunology, Systems Biology, Extracellular matrix signaling (co-advised by Douglas Lauffenburger, MIT)
Contact: astarch at mit dot edu


Graduate Students

Samantha Dale Strasser

B.S. in Applied Mathematics, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (2011)
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (2011)
M.Phil. in Physics, University of Cambridge, UK (2012)
Research Topic: In vivo systems biology of neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's and frontotemporal dementia.  (Co-advised by Douglas Lauffenburger, MIT)
Research Interests: Systems Biology, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Alzheimer's Disease, Frontotemporal Dementia, Computational Analysis
Contact: sdstrass at mit dot edu

Yi-Jang Lin

B.A. in Biology, Specialization in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Boston University (2011) 
B.A. in French Language and Literature, Boston University (2011) 
Research Topic: Characterization of K-RasG13D as a unique activating mutation in cell line and murine models of colorectal cancer.
Research Interests: Broadly in cancer biology, specifically in cancer genetics, cancer immunology, and translational research for colorectal cancer
Contact:  yijanglin at g dot harvard dot edu


Shikha Sheth

B.S. in Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California Irvine (2013)
Research Topic: Characterization of K-Ras mutants in colorectal cancer; regulation of Ras acetylation
Research Interests: Cancer biology, signaling pathways, mechanism, gene regulation
Contact:  ssheth at g dot harvard dot edu


Bing Shui


B.A. in Biology, Carleton College (2016)
Research Topic: Investigating the role of Ras in colorectal cancer and intestinal epithelium regeneration. Characterizing Ras alleles competition within different genetic backgrounds and disease contexts.
Research Interests: Cancer signaling, tissue regeneration, mechanism of cancer invasion and metastasis
Contact: bshui at bidmc dot harvard dot edu


Joshua Cook


B.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of California, Irvine (2017)
B.S. in Chemistry, University of California, Irvine (2017)
Research Topic: somatic mutational evolution in cancer; tissue specificity of cancer driving mutations (Co-advised by Peter Park, HMS)
Research Interest: cancer biology, pathway analysis, genetic interactions of mutations
Contact: jhcook at g dot harvard dot edu




Education: B.A. in Biology (Biochemistry Emphasis), University of California, Santa Barbara (2016)
Research Topic: Investigating novel methods to perturb the immune system in the treatment of Ras-driven cancers
Research Interest: Cancer immunology, therapeutic development, genetic screens, mutation allele analysis, tumor microenvironment
Contact: kdervishi at g dot harvard dot edu



Education: B.S in Mathematics of Computation, University of California, Los Angeles (2015)
Research Topic: Characterizing oncogenic properties of different KRAS mutants in colorectal cancer (Co-advised by Franziska Michor, DFCI)
Research Interest: Cancer evolution, mechanisms of resistance and metastasis 
Contact: sstein at g dot harvard dot edu


Research Technicians

Bethany Hunt


Education: B.A. in Integrative Biology, Skidmore College (2017)
Contact: bhunt3 at bidmc dot harvard dot edu


Aisha Laguna Merced


Education: B.S. in Biochemistry, Ithaca College (2015)
Research Interests: cancer biology, signaling pathways, molecular mechanisms of autoimmunity and precision medicine
Contact: amerced at bidmc dot harvard dot edu


Lab Manager

Hyosoo Lee


B.S. in Biology, Sookmyung Women's University (2003)
M.S. in Bioinformatics, Sookmyung Women's University (2005)
Contact: hlee11 at bidmc dot harvard dot edu