People

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Salil Garg

Salil Garg

Principal Investigator
salilg[a]mit.edu
Education: MD PhD Harvard Medical School

Salil hails from Ohio and completed his B.S./M.S. at the University of Chicago. From there he completed doctoral work in immunobiology with Michael Brenner at Harvard Medical School before pursuing residency training in Pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Salil completed a postdoctoral fellowship with KI faculty member Phillip Sharp studying the contributions of microRNAs to heterogeneity. When he is not chasing difficult questions in the lab he engages in the even more difficult task of cheering for his hometown Cincinnati sports teams.

Postdocs

Enrico Moiso

Enrico Moiso

Postdoctoral Associate

Enrico completed his postdoctoral work with Dr. Luca Tamagnone at the University of Turin, Italy. Enrico will be joining Garg Lab in the fall of 2018.

Students

Sofia Hu

Sofia Hu

HST MD Student
sofiahu[a]mit.edu
Education: BA Cornell University

Sofia is from Maryland and graduated from Cornell University in 2017 with a B.A. in Biology. She is now a medical student in Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST). In the Garg Lab, she is interested in mechanisms underlying cell-to-cell state variability. Sofia also enjoys hiking, triathlon training, and keeping up with the news.

Meenakshi (Meena) Chakraborty

Meenakshi (Meena) Chakraborty

MIT Course 6-7 UROP
mchakra[a]mit.edu

Meena is from Lexington, MA and is a junior at MIT. Since her freshman year, she has worked with Salil on how microRNAs regulate the behavior and fate of embryonic stem cells. Outside of lab, Meena participates in MIT Biology Undergraduate Student Association, MIT Effective Altruism, MIT choir, and freshman advising; in her free time, she enjoys volunteering, running, and spending time with friends and family. In 2018, Meena was selected as a Barry Goldwater Scholar for her outstanding contributions in research.

Tee Udomlumleart

Tee Udomlumleart

MIT Course 6-7 UROP
teeu[a]mit.edu

Tee’s hometown is Bangkok, Thailand and he was chosen to represent Thailand in the prestigious International Biology Olympiad competition in high school.  But Tee’s second home is at MIT and in the Garg lab, which he joined in January 2018. Tee’s fascination with biology started when he learned the word "inferior vena cava." Since then he realized that the awesomeness of biology does not lie solely in complicated latin words but also in how it can explain surrounding biological phenomena.  Tee is interested in using his experimental and programming skills to identify key controllers of cell states.  Tee usually relaxes by practicing piano and trying to finish How I Met Your Mother and The Office … again.

Staff

Amanda Maffa

Amanda Maffa

Laboratory Manager
admaffa[a]mit.edu
Education: BS Simmons College

Amanda is from the Boston, MA suburbs and is the laboratory manager for Phillip A. Sharp. She is assisting Garg Lab in the same capacity. Amanda will be joining Northeastern University to pursue her PharmD in the fall of 2018 (congrats Amanda!). Amanda enjoys hiking, travelling, and learning about the history of medicine.

Close Collaborators

Suman Bose

Suman Bose

Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Daniel Anderson
sumanb[a]mit.edu
Education: MS PhD MIT Mechanical Engineering

Suman was born and raised in Kolkata, India and completed his bachelor's at the Indian Institute of Technology.  Then journeyed to MIT where he completed his PhD in Mechanical Engineering building special expertise in microfluidics.  He’s currently a postdoc in the Langer and Anderson laboratories at the Koch Institute. Suman is constructing a single cell microfluidic device that enriches for target biomolecules and is working with Garg lab on using the device to capture microRNAs from single cells.

Cameron McBride

Cameron McBride

Doctoral Candidate in the laboratory of Domitilla del Vecchio
cmcbride[a]mit.edu
Education: BS University of Michigan

Cameron completed his bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. He is pursuing his PhD in Domitilla del Vecchio’s lab at MIT modeling dynamics of protein networks and studying how resource sharing influences network structures. He is working with Garg lab to understand how shared microRNA regulation can impact the structures of gene regulatory networks.

Amanda Whipple

Amanda Whipple

Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Phillip Sharp
ajwhipple[a]mit.edu
Education: PhD Baylor College of Medicine

Amanda is interested in how non-coding RNA regulate gene expression and how they can be harnessed to treat disease. After helping to initiate a drug discovery program at Ionis Pharmaceuticals focused on a long non-coding RNA target in Angelman syndrome, Amanda is now a postdoctoral fellow in Phillip Sharp’s lab working to understand how non-coding RNAs function in imprinted gene expression in neurons. Amanda works with the Garg lab developing computational pipelines for analyzing noncoding RNA classes from genomics data.

Lab Alumni

Paige Coles (Bluebird Bio)