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Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Jonathan Lipton is a New York City native who received his MD and PhD degrees from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, performing graduate work with Scott Emmons studying the genetics of motivational behavior. After a residency and chief residency in Child Neurology and fellowship in Sleep Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, he completed post-doctoral studies with Mustafa Sahin, investigating circadian rhythm dysfunction in models of neurodevelopmental disease. He has been supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Shore Foundation, Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, Hearst Foundation, American Academy of Neurology, American Sleep Medicine Foundation, and the NIH.

 
Post-docotral Research Fellow  ilaria.barone@childrens.harvard.edu  Ilaria Barone, PhD joined the lab from the Scuole Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy where she worked on plasticity of hypothalamic feeding circuits with Margherita Maffei.

Post-docotral Research Fellow

ilaria.barone@childrens.harvard.edu

Ilaria Barone, PhD joined the lab from the Scuole Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy where she worked on plasticity of hypothalamic feeding circuits with Margherita Maffei.

Research Assistant  jonathan.handy@childrens.harvard.edu  Jonathan Handy is from Hingham, Massachusetts and graduated from Connecticut College with a major in Behavioral Neuroscience. When not in the lab, Jonathan enjoys listening to and playing music, swimming, and cooking. He hopes to continue on to graduate school in the future.

Research Assistant

jonathan.handy@childrens.harvard.edu

Jonathan Handy is from Hingham, Massachusetts and graduated from Connecticut College with a major in Behavioral Neuroscience. When not in the lab, Jonathan enjoys listening to and playing music, swimming, and cooking. He hopes to continue on to graduate school in the future.

 

Lab Alumni

Post-doctoral Research Fellow  Tenley studied developmental neuroscience and received her Ph.D. at Georgetown University in the lab of Elena S. Casey. She graduated with her B.S. from Marlboro College in Vermont. Outside of the lab, she loves cross country skiing, basketball, swimming, biking, and CrossFit. Inside of the lab, her main research interests are systems biology, all of the ‘omics, and regulation of transcription & translation. She was co-mentored by Scott L. Pomeroy.

Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Tenley studied developmental neuroscience and received her Ph.D. at Georgetown University in the lab of Elena S. Casey. She graduated with her B.S. from Marlboro College in Vermont. Outside of the lab, she loves cross country skiing, basketball, swimming, biking, and CrossFit. Inside of the lab, her main research interests are systems biology, all of the ‘omics, and regulation of transcription & translation. She was co-mentored by Scott L. Pomeroy.

Graduate Student  jnbrooks@g.harvard.edu  Jessica Brooks is a Harvard graduate student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program, with an undergraduate degree in biology and neuroscience from Princeton. She usually has a more natural smile.

Graduate Student

jnbrooks@g.harvard.edu

Jessica Brooks is a Harvard graduate student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program, with an undergraduate degree in biology and neuroscience from Princeton. She usually has a more natural smile.

Research Assistant  kevin.zhang@childrens.harvard.edu  Kevin Zhang is from Olympia, WA and received his B.A. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Middlebury College. He is interested in better understanding the molecular underpinnings behind a variety of neurodegenerative diseases, and how that knowledge can be translated into viable treatments at the bedside. In the future, he hopes to work as a physician-scientist.

Research Assistant

kevin.zhang@childrens.harvard.edu

Kevin Zhang is from Olympia, WA and received his B.A. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Middlebury College. He is interested in better understanding the molecular underpinnings behind a variety of neurodegenerative diseases, and how that knowledge can be translated into viable treatments at the bedside. In the future, he hopes to work as a physician-scientist.

 
 
Research Assistant  Elizabeth is from South Florida and attended Florida State University where she received a B.S in biology. In her free time, she enjoys kayaking, biking, and running. She is aspiring to go to graduate school.

Research Assistant

Elizabeth is from South Florida and attended Florida State University where she received a B.S in biology. In her free time, she enjoys kayaking, biking, and running. She is aspiring to go to graduate school.

Master’s Student  fortunate.chifamba@childrens.harvard.edu  Fortunate is from Harare, Zimbabwe and received her B.A in Biochemistry from Smith College in 2016. She enjoys cooking and baking, and has a passion for fashion and design. Currently, she is a Master’s student at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Master’s Student

fortunate.chifamba@childrens.harvard.edu

Fortunate is from Harare, Zimbabwe and received her B.A in Biochemistry from Smith College in 2016. She enjoys cooking and baking, and has a passion for fashion and design. Currently, she is a Master’s student at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Research Assistant  Kevin is originally from Chicago, Illinois and received his B.S. from Yale University in 2015. He enjoys concerts, playing tennis and squash, and swimming. Kevin started medical school at Emory University.

Research Assistant

Kevin is originally from Chicago, Illinois and received his B.S. from Yale University in 2015. He enjoys concerts, playing tennis and squash, and swimming. Kevin started medical school at Emory University.

Research Assistant  hannah.hawks-mayer@childrens. harvard.edu  Hannah Hawks-Mayer is a Boston native. She received her B.S. from Virginia Tech in Biology in 2017.

Research Assistant

hannah.hawks-mayer@childrens. harvard.edu

Hannah Hawks-Mayer is a Boston native. She received her B.S. from Virginia Tech in Biology in 2017.

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Undergraduate Intern  Robert is from Wayland, MA and attended UCLA, where he majored in Psychobiology. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer and playing the saxophone.

Undergraduate Intern

Robert is from Wayland, MA and attended UCLA, where he majored in Psychobiology. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer and playing the saxophone.