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Bill Sellers

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Bill Sellers is a core institute member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and serves as director of the institute's Cancer Program. He is also a Professor of Medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School.  Bill spent his academic career at the intersection of cancer biology and genomics, investigating mechanisms of tumor development. He collaborated with Matthew Meyerson to initiate the Broad’s first major cancer genomic efforts, leading to the discovery of EGFR mutations in lung cancer and the oncogenic role of MITF in melanoma.

Previously, Sellers served as VP/Global Head of Oncology at Novartis Institutes of BioMedical Research, where he oversaw small molecule, antibody-based and cell therapy drug discovery efforts in oncology. In addition, he initiated and led the Cancer Cell Line Encyclopedia project in collaboration with the Broad Institute.

He earned his B.S. in biology from Georgetown University and his M.D. from University of Massachusetts Medical School. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at University of California San Francisco before completing a clinical oncology fellowship at Dana-Farber. He completed postdoctoral training in the labs of Dr. David Livingston and William G. Kaelin.

Staff scientists

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Alessandra Ianari

Alessandra is a Staff Scientist and an Associate Director in the Sellers Lab, where she oversees drug development projects conducted in collaboration with CDoT or through external CROs. Her work focuses on the generation of new chemical biology tools to validate new targets and to advance small molecule leads. Prior to that, Alessandra worked in the CDoT Cellular Pharmacology group and at C4 Therapeutics on targeted protein degradation. 

  • M.D., Ph.D. Clinical and Molecular Oncology The University of Rome
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship at MIT (J. Lees and Tyler Jacks)

Zhaolin Yang

Zhaolin is a research scientist in the Sellers lab, and he grew up in China. Zhaolin works on paralog screening in cancer cells to identify novel genetic dependencies which may serve as therapeutic targets. Outside the lab, Zhaolin likes hiking, traveling, jogging.

  • Ph.D. Molecular Biology — European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
  • Post-doc at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (Chris Vakoc lab)
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Trainees

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Liang Chang

Liang is a graduate student. He is pursuing a Ph.D. through the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program at Harvard. Liang is interested in using novel functional genomic technologies and patient multi-omics data to discover new therapeutic-exploitable cancer vulnerabilities. Outside of the lab, he enjoys basketball, scientific blog writing, and playing poker.

  • B.A. Biology — Macalester College
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Saireudee (Gal) Chaturantabut

Saireudee (Gal) is a postdoctoral fellow. She grew up in Bangkok, Thailand. Gal is interested in investigating cancer dependency pathways to enable the discovery of new therapeutics for cholangiocarcinoma. Outside of the lab, Gal enjoys reading, traveling, and outdoor activities.

  • Ph.D. Molecular and Cellular Biology — Harvard University

Eunice Cho

Eunice is a postdoctoral associate. Eunice is interested in understanding the molecular underpinnings and oncogenic signaling network rewiring involved in drug response and resistance in cancer. Outside of the lab, Eunice enjoys binging TV shows and eating sweets.

  • Ph.D. Pharmacology — Yale University
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Hubert Huang

Hubert Huang is a postdoctoral associate. He grew up in Taiwan. In the Sellers Lab, he is pursuing the identification of cancer vulnerabilities, as well as developing methods to better understand ubiquitin biology. Outside the lab, he enjoys playing board games with friends (particularly Eurogames), playing video games, and watching movies and TV series.

  • Ph.D. Chemical Biology — Harvard University
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Kathleen Mulvaney

Kathleen is a postdoctoral fellow. Her work focuses on drug development, targeting cancer signaling pathways. Her particular research interests are in targeting protein-protein interactions in diseases for which few therapeutic options are currently available. Outside of the lab, Kathleen enjoys watching football and basketball (Go Tarheels!), exploring and hiking with her dog, reading, and traveling.

  • Ph.D. Cell Biology — UNC Chapel Hill
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Moore van Tienen

Moore is a postdoctoral fellow. He is from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Currently, he is interested in developing functional genomic approaches to discover novel therapeutic opportunities in cancer. In his free time, Moore enjoys cooking, traveling, hiking, and cuddling his mom’s dachshund Vanja.

  • Ph.D. Molecular Biology — University of Cambridge (MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology)
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Visiting scientists

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Andreas Wernitznig

Andreas joined Boehringer Ingelheim in 2004, where he is a team member in several drug discovery projects and is involved in multiple tasks, from target finding, exploration of patient populations, statistical analysis, biomarker finding and evaluation, as well as project transition to translational medicine. In July and August 2019, Andreas worked at the Broad Institute and since then he has been collaborating with the Sellers Lab. In his free time he plays jazz guitar.

  • Ph.D. Biology University of Vienna 

Associates

Shadwa Bayoumi

Shadwa is a Research Associate I in the Sellers Lab. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing board games, cooking, traveling, and exploring the city

  • B.S. Biology – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Zaid Bayyat

Zaid is a Research Associate I in the Sellers lab. In his free time, he enjoys all things outdoors, whether it be snowboarding in the mountains, playing basketball in his neighborhood, or exploring the city.

  • B.S. Biomedical Sciences University of South Florida

Kai Beattie

Kai Beattie is a visiting undergraduate student from Northeastern University. Currently, Kai is interested in performing functional genomics screens to identify novel synergistic dependencies in cancer. Outside of the lab, Kai enjoys hiking, listening to indie folk, rock climbing, and playing board games.

Meilani Ching

Meilani is a co-op in the Sellers Lab visiting from Northeastern University where she studies Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry. In her free time she enjoys taking care of her plants, crafting, listening to podcasts, and spending time with her friends.

Dennie Frederick

Dennie is a research scientist and lab manager for the Sellers lab where they are both seeking to enable great science through organizational and overall support as well as leverage a long history of translational cancer research to contribute in meaningful and hands-on ways to the discovery of novel and impactful therapeutics against cancer.  Outside the lab, they like mornings (especially with good coffee and big breakfasts), gardening and camping.

  • M.S. Biology – University of Pennsylvania

Nancy Jung

Nancy is a Research Associate II in the Sellers lab. In her free time, she enjoys doing yoga, taking care of her plants, baking, cooking, drawing, and living life.

  • B.A. Biological Sciences Smith College
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Devishi Kesar

Devishi is an associate computational biologist at the Sellers lab. In her free time, she enjoys playing basketball, reading novels, playing the ukulele, and painting.

  • M.S. Bioinformatics Georgia Institute of Technology
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Sydney Oliver

Sydney is a Research Associate I in the Sellers Lab. In her free time, she enjoys painting, drawing, knitting, cooking, and listening to live music.

  • B.S. Biochemistry Simmons University

Julian Pozniak

Julian Pozniak is the Administrative Lead for the Sellers Lab. Beyond his work in the lab, Julian teaches private piano and voice lessons to Boston-area students. For fun, he can often be found cooking from his collection of cookbooks, gaming online, or watching classic movies.

  • B.A. in Music and Political Science – Carleton College
  • M.M. in Music Composition – New England Conservatory of Music

Diego Rodriguez

Diego is a Research Associate I in the Sellers Lab. In his free time, he enjoys running, hiking, playing soccer, and eating good food.

  • B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, B.A. Psychology — Oregon State University

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