Salil Garg

Principal Investigator
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.


Enrico Moiso

Enrico Moiso

Postdoctoral Associate
Education: PhD Molecular Medicine, University of Turin

Enrico began his research at the Candiolo Cancer Institute IRCCS with Prof. Luca Tamagnone, focusing on the role of Semaphorins and Plexins signalling in the tumour microenvironment. During his Ph.D. at the Molecular Biotechnology Center in Turin he worked with Prof. Guido Tarone and Prof. Paolo Provero, where he focused on the application of unsupervised machine learning algorithms, non-parametric modelling and categoric data analysis for metabolic rewiring in human tumours. Enrico is currently focusing on the application of computational and statistical methods to transcriptional heterogeneity, and how we can build better cancer diagnostic using machine learning approaches. In his free time, Enrico loves to swim, cook and - weather permitting - snowboard, climb, hike, golf and sail.


Sofia Hu

Sofia Hu

Harvard-MIT MD-PhD Student
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 Graduate Student (joint with Jacqueline Lees lab) in the MIT Biology PhD program and is a member of the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST) MD Program. Sofia studies how enhancers and transcriptional heterogeneity coordinate cell fate. Sofia likes to hike and kayak.

Keanu Clark

Keanu Clark

MIT Course 6-7 UROP

Keanu was born and raised on the Mississippi Gulf coast and is drawn to Biology because life is a self-sustaining process that manages in spite of the environment to generate and maintain complexity from disorder. He seeks to use computer science to grapple with and understand the exceedingly intricate relationships and processes that allow for life to sustain itself and its particular properties at various levels to emerge. His interests range from literature, to philosophy, cooking, film studies, and anthropology when he's not in front of a laptop programming.

Lynette X Chan

MIT Course 10-B, 7 UROP

Lynette grew up in Orange County, California, and is interested in studying transcription factor binding kinetics in the context of cellular differentiation.  She is also intrigued by the development of rational design techniques in protein engineering.  Lynette chooses to strategically invest her ever-waning free time into playing Genshin Impact and watching Korean cooking vlogs.


Noor Sohal

Noor Sohal

Research Associate/Lab Manager

Noor graduated from the University of Georgia in 2020 with a degree in Genetics. Her project focuses on rare cell variation in metastatic melanoma cells. In her free time she likes to go hiking and cook.

Emily Metcalf

Emily Metcalf

Research Associate

Emily recieved her bachelor's degree in Nautral Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 2020. Her project focuses on developing scalable extraction and sequencing techniques for COVID -19 detection, in collaboration with the Birnbaum. She is also interested in the roles of enhancers and transcriptional heterogeneity play in establishing cell fate. In her free time, Emily enjoys cooking, playing piano, swimming, and when possible spending far to many consecutive hours playing Dugeons & Dragons.

Close Collaborators

Suman Bose

Suman Bose

Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Daniel Anderson
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.

Amanda Whipple

Amanda Whipple

Assistant Professor, Harvard University Molecular and Cellular Biology
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 completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Phillip Sharp's lab working to understand how non-coding RNAs function in imprinted gene expression in neurons.  Amanda is faculty at Harvard MCB and works with the Garg lab developing computational pipelines for analyzing noncoding RNA.

Lab Alumni

Paige Coles (Bluebird Bio)

Meenakshi (Meena) Chakraborty (Stanford Biosciences PhD program)

Tee Udomlumleart (Stanford Biosciences PhD program)

Maxwell Hamilton (Vanderbilt Biosciences PhD program)

Mingye (Christina) Wang (MIT undergraduate)

Nten Nyiam (MIT undergraduate)