Kim Vanuytsel, Ph.D.

PhD: Biomedical Sciences, Molecular and Stem Cell Medicine (KU Leuven, Belgium)
Masters: Bioengineering (KU Leuven, Belgium)
Major: Cell and Gene Biotechnology
Hometown: Kasterlee, Belgium

Kim joined the lab in November 2014 after finishing her PhD at the Stem Cell Institute Leuven (SCIL), aimed at developing a human pluripotent disease model for Fanconi anemia. As a postdoc in the Murphy lab she continues her efforts to unravel hematopoietic disorders and primarily focuses on modeling β-Thalassemia using induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). Besides studying what can go wrong during red blood cell development, she is also exploring ways to scale up in vitro red blood cell production.

Outside the lab Kim enjoys running, soccer, good food (eating out as well as cooking), good music (or bad music in good company) and from time to time she gets creative with paint or pencils.

Richard Giadone

Undergraduate Education: University of Massachusetts Lowell
Major: Biotechnology, Philosophy
Hometown: Dracut, MA

Ricardo for fun, Rico for short, joined Murphy lab in May of 2016 as a PhD student within the Molecular and Translational Medicine program at BUSM. Evolving from Amy’s work, his project focuses on utilizing patient-derived iPSCs to model various aspects of transthyretin amyloidosis. He looks to develop novel therapeutics for treating the disease as well as elucidating the role of transthyretin protein in the context of neurodegeneration.

In his free time, Richard can be found trying to figure out how to update this website. He can also be seen running for fun (or away from Kim), eating pizza, listening to funk, or shamelessly promoting his Twitter account.

Anthony Yeung

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Undergraduate Education: University of California Los Angeles
Major: Physiological Sciences
Hometown: San Diego, California

Anthony is an MD/PhD student who joined the Murphy lab for his PhD in August 2018 within the Molecular and Translational Medicine department at BUSM. With the support of the Hematology Training Program, he will be investigating the development of mature and transplantable cells of the hematopoietic lineage. He is also interested in the potential for organoid development and disease modeling via directed differentiation of iPSCs.

Anthony also enjoys cooking/baking and playing piano. He is often sighted running around Boston, which is often followed by consuming large amounts of tater tots with cheese. He has an unhealthy obsession with YouTube, loves a good DIY project and enjoys rummaging through thrift stores.

Todd Dowrey

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Undergraduate Education: University of Massachusetts Lowell
Major: Biotechnology
Hometown: Chelmsford, MA

Todd joined the Murphy Lab in August of 2018 as the lab technician. He is fresh out of his undergraduate stint at UMass Lowell, where he also conducted research in Dr. Jennifer Fish’s Lab. Todd can often be found being an extra set of hands in various Murphy lab members’ experiments, making sure the lab is a well-oiled machine and being the glue that holds the Murphy lab together.

Outside of the CReM, Todd is observed playing Rugby (among other sports), cooking, bee-boppin’ around Boston and golfing.

Batbold Boldbaatar

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Undergraduate Education: Drexel University
Major: Biology
Hometown: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Batbold is an MD-PhD student in Dr. Lawreen Connors’ lab in the BU Amyloidosis Center and has been adopted by the Murphy lab in late 2017. Together with Ricardo, he is interested in understanding the pathophysiology underlying transthyretin-related amyloidosis. Specifically, he is focusing his efforts on elucidating the effects of a SNP known as rs3764479 in the context of wild-type transthyretin (ATTRwt) amyloidosis and believes that patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells will give him a unique insight into this not well-understood disease.

When he’s not in working in the lab, you may find Batbold at an all-you- can-eat sushi place, hiking, reading a good book, or just trying something new. He’s also very much into wildlife documentaries.

Sara Kumar

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Undergraduate Education: Mount Holyoke College
Major: Undeclared
Hometown: Sharon, MA

Sara, more formally known as “Zaw’s Deputy”, joined the Murphy lab as a summer student in May 2017. She is a rising sophomore at Mount Holyoke College with a love for science and journalism. Sara is currently trying to emulate Zaw’s impeccable technical skills and learn the basics of stem cell research. She has a particular interest in Sickle Cell Anemia and hopes to work on that in the future.

When Sara is not in lab (or commuting to lab), you can catch her reading, dancing, playing volleyball, or waiting for her Hogwarts letter to (finally) show up.

Spoorthi Davala

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Undergraduate Education: Boston University
Major: Medical Science
Hometown: Cupertino, CA

Spoorthi joined the Murphy lab as an undergraduate research assistant in September 2015. Even though George insists that Spoorthi is only 14 years old, she is currently a third-year student in the Seven Year Medical Program at Boston University. Spoorthi works alongside the very great and wonderful mentor, Kim, whose work focuses on understanding hematopoietic disorders.

Spoorthi is a Visual Arts minor at BU and loves painting and drawing in her free time. She also enjoys singing and is the co-president for BU’s South Asian fusion A cappella team, Suno.

Alumni

Taylor Matte, MS – PhD student, Boston University School of Medicine
Amy Leung, PhD
Zaw Htut Naing – MD student, Drexel University
Brenden W. Smith, PhD – Postdoctoral Fellow, Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research
Nicholas Skvir – Bioinformatics PhD student, Brown University
James Muriungi – PhD student, Columbia University
Sarah Rozelle, PhD – Postdoctoral Fellow, Mullally Lab, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Liz Wang, MD – Resident, Urological Surgery, Boston Medical Center
Whitney Reid – MD student, Drexel University College of Medicine
Shirley Nah – MD student, University of Texas at San Antonio