Taufiq was a research fellow of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Division of Infectious Diseases. After completing M.Sc from University of Dhaka in Microbiology, he did his PhD from University of Gothenburg, Sweden to study humoral and cellular immune responses to Helicobacter pylori. He worked on functional T and B cell studies in understanding the immunological basis of cholera infections in Bangladesh and related to protection. He joined MGH (Edward T Ryan, Stephen B Calderwood, Jason B Harris) and the Kwon Lab (Douglas S Kwon) in July 2014 and his main research interests focused on the characterization of antigen specific single cells in blood and mucosa to better understand cholera pathology by using nanotechnology.
Elizabeth was an undergraduate at Harvard studying Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology. In the Kwon Lab she was interested in understanding how the microbiota of the female genital tract interact with the immune system. She is currently a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.
Sarah was a clinical fellow of Infectious Disease at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College, where she studied biochemistry and received her MD from University of Utah School of Medicine. She grew up in Saint George, Utah. She spent two years in Gabon, Central Africa habituating/studying western lowland gorillas for conservation/ecotourism prior to pursuing her medical studies. She enjoys listening to live jazz music and traveling. She joined the Kwon Lab in September 2012 and her research interests focus was on phylogenetic analysis of HIV in order to better understand disease pathology. She is currently working as a clinical attending in Infectious Diseases.
Greg joined the Kwon Lab as a technician in June 2012. He received a BA in Classics and a BS in Immunology from Brown University, where he wrote his thesis on the role of NFκB signaling pathways in the mosquito immune response. After throwing that cap in the air, he changed hats to work for Google, Inc in Cambridge, MA before returning to the welcoming arms of science. He is currently enjoying the quiet beauty of winter camping, the wonder and awe of mountain summits, and the sound and mystery of the wind as an M.D. Ph.D. student at the University of Washington, Seattle.
Kate is a native of Dallas, Texas and graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.S. in medical humanities and Spanish language. She continued on at Vanderbilt for medical school and graduated in 2015. Kate was awarded an HHMI Medical Research Fellowship and spent a year living and working in the beautiful coastal city of Durban, South Africa at the Kwazulu-Natal Research Institute for TB and HIV. She was working with the FRESH project (Females Rising through Education, Support and Health) to study the determinants of vaginal mucosal immunity in young, high-risk South African women that may predispose them to acquiring HIV. The project paralleled with her interest in women’s health. Whether in Nashville or Durban, Kate enjoys hunting for treasures at thrift shops, checking out local dive restaurants and romping in the wilderness. She is currently a resident in obstetrics and gynecology at Brown School of Medicine.
Diana was a summer student in the Kwon Lab and an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins University with a double major in Molecular and Cellular Biology and French. Diana sings opera as a voice minor student at the Peabody Conservatory and keeps busy as a resident advisor to freshmen at Hopkins. In Boston, Diana enjoys exploring the city with Back on My Feet, a running group that runs with and promotes the self-sufficiency of residents of local homeless shelters. She is currently a medical student at Brown University.
Kendall joined the Kwon Laboratory for the summer of 2015 and conducted research on how HIV affects the gut microbiome. She is now a senior at Harvard College studying Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology; she hopes to pursue an MD/Ph.D post college.
Jesús-Mario (aka JM), joined the Kwon Lab in 2014. His research focused on lumenal shifts in the human gut microbiome in the context of different stages of HIV infection. He received his A.B. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Harvard College, where his undergraduate research involved the study of the gut microbiome in the context of genetics and obesity in mouse models. JM is currently a third year medical student at Harvard Medical School, part of the joint HMS-MIT Health Science and Technology Program.
Nikita joined HPP and the Kwon Lab team in 2014. She conducted her masters studies at the HIV Pathogenesis Programme at the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu Natal in Durban, South Africa. She obtained her BSc degree and Bachelor of Medical Science honors degree at the University of KwaZulu Natal. Thereafter she completed an internship at the South African Medical Research Council.