PEOPLE

 
 
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PAUL GREER
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Paul is a Massachusetts lifer, never having lived outside of a two-mile radius from the hospital in which he was born. Despite this embarrassingly parochial upbringing, Paul has managed to experience a broad scientific training from a series of mentors to whom he remains incredibly grateful. For his doctoral work, under Mike Greenberg’s mentorship, he characterized mechanisms of synapse development and function relevant to human neurological disorders. Upon graduating from Mike’s lab, he joined Bob Datta’s lab, and ever since he has been investigating the mechanisms by which mammals respond appropriately to exteroceptive and interoceptive chemical cues.

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CESAR DOMINGUEZ
RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Cesar recently graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in Biology and a minor in French. As an undergraduate he researched a variety of important questions in biology including sphingolipid metabolism in plants, Alzheimer's Disease, and infectious diseases. In the Greer Lab, he will be taking advantage of his impressive, diverse lab skills and strong interest in biochemistry to elucidate the functional role of MS4A chemoreceptors in microglia.

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I-HAO WANG
GRADUATE STUDENT

I-Hao is a graduate student interested in the single-cell transcriptome diversity of olfactory sensory neurons and the mechanisms of olfactory circuit wiring.

 
 
 
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THUYVAN LUU
GRADUATE STUDENT

Thuyvan is a doctoral student whose research focuses on understanding how MS4As affect myeloid cell function and Alzheimer's disease pathogenesis.

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SUNG JIN PARK
POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

Sung Jin, a postdoctoral fellow, is investigating novel mechanisms by which mammals sense behaviorally relevant olfactory stimuli.

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HAO-CHING JIANG
GRADUATE STUDENT

Hao-Ching is a graduate student interested in how animals interpret sensory information to generate appropriate behaviors. She is currently studying the function of MS4A1(CD20) in the mouse olfactory epithelium. 

 
 
 
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ANNA WORTMAN
GRADUATE STUDENT

Anna is a graduate student in the lab interested in molecular and structural biology. Currently, her research focuses on utilizing techniques like electrophysiology and cryo-EM. With her thesis research, she's working towards determining the structure and function of MS4A proteins. Outside of lab, Anna is the Marketing Director for the UMMS Entrepreneurship club and writes articles covering recent biotechnology news.

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HAIDER ALTIMIMI
POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

Haider's interests are in brain plasticity mechanisms in health and disease. In his previous studies, he investigated synaptic plasticity in the context of stress and antidepressants, with a focus on the contribution of glial factors. In our lab he will be investigating the link between microglial Ms4a and the development of Alzheimer's Disease.

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KATHERINE (KIT) MOCARSKI
GRADUATE STUDENT

Kit is a joint doctoral student with Dr. Bob Brown. She is working on new approaches for understanding ALS.

 
 
 

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MATTHEW COYLE
UNDERGRADUATE CO-OP

Matthew was born in California and grew up there until he relocated to Boston to attend Northeastern University, where he continues to pursue his passion for science. In his spare time he enjoys studying a variety of fencing disciplines, including Italian rapier and 14th century German longsword, as well as reading, playing games, and dining with friends.