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
Position: Research Assistant Professor

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 developed novel resources and tools to better understand and treat blood disorders. As a Research Assistant Professor, her research is focused on finding better solutions for sickle cell disease (SCD) patients by using patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) as a versatile platform to study the disease, screen for compounds that can ameliorate the condition, and explore potential curative gene editing approaches.

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, Ph.D.

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

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. Rich (successfully) defended his thesis in March of 2020, where he utilized patient-derived iPSCs to understand the contribution of protein folding machinery to the pathogenesis of transthyretin amyloidosis (ATTR amyloidosis). In his post-defense life, Rich aims to understand how diverse cell types respond to misfolded proteins, with the ultimate goal of using diseases like ATTR amyloidosis as molecular and cellular models of aging.

In his free time, Rich 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, playing the theremin, or shamelessly promoting his Twitter account.

Anthony Yeung

Undergraduate Education: University of California, Los Angeles
Major: Physiological Sciences
Hometown: San Diego, California
Position: MD/PhD Student

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 has been phenotyping lung megakaryocytes and investigating the mechanisms of their development using in-vitro iPSC models that recapitulate lung and hematopoietic development.

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.

Camille Edwards, MD

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MD: University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica
Hometown: Nassau, Bahamas
Position: Chief Fellow, Hematology and Oncology

Camille joined the Murphy Lab in August 2019 after completing her internal medicine residency in New York City and joining the Hematology and Oncology section at Boston Medical Center as a clinical and research fellow. As a physician, her patients and colleagues find solace in her calm demeanor and compassionate spirit. As a scientist, she is most inspired by the discoveries in the field that create synergy between basic science and clinical practice. She is interested in disease modeling for hematologic malignancies using patient-derived iPSCs to develop biomarkers and novel treatments. In collaboration with the BU Amyloidosis Center, she will be studying the molecular mechanisms of organ toxicity in systemic immunoglobulin light chain (AL) amyloidosis and new treatments that could diminish these effects.

Outside of clinic and the lab, you may spot Camille at karaoke (mostly in front of her own TV), dancing, on a soccer field or doing outdoor activities.

Mira Magner

Undergraduate education: Providence College
Major: Biology
Hometown: Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
Position: Medical Student

Mira joined the Murphy Lab in May 2019 as a summer research student after her first year of medical school. In the lab she is working with Kim and Sara, studying a potential cure for sickle cell disease using patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and a gene-editing approach. She’s currently interested in becoming a pediatric hematologist or oncologist, and also hopes to continue to be involved in research as a physician.

In her free time, Mira enjoys cooking, painting or drawing, reading, and going to the beach.

Todd Dowrey

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Undergraduate Education: University of Massachusetts Lowell
Major: Biotechnology
Hometown: Chelmsford, Massachusetts
Position: Lab Manager

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.

 

Sara Kumar

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Undergraduate Education: Mount Holyoke College
Major: Undeclared
Hometown: Sharon, Massachusetts
Position: Research Assistant

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.

Sabrina Ghosh

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Undergraduate Education: Boston University
Major: Neuroscience
Hometown: Allentown, PA
Position: Undergraduate Student Researcher

Sabrina joined Murphy Lab in May 2018 to work with Rich on his quest to understand ATTR amyloidosis and has been slowly morphing into a younger version of him ever since. She is a rising junior at BU with an interest in neurodegenerative diseases and hopes to continue working on this in the future.

Sabrina enjoys traveling, the buffalo chicken fingers at Chequers, watching bad movies (and learning how to make good ones), and thrift shopping.