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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 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)

Trainees

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Thomas Atack

Thomas is a postdoctoral associate. He is working to develop new therapeutic compounds for cancer and malaria. Beyond science, Thomas enjoys cooking, baking bread, and roasting his own coffee.

  • Ph.D. Organic Chemistry Indiana University Bloomington
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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
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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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Takahiro Ito

Takahiro is a postdoctoral fellow. He is developing the next generation of functional genomic technologies. His major interests are in target discovery and drug resistance.

  • Ph.D. Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry — Brown 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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Debjani Pal

Debjani is a postdoctoral associate. She is currently studying the functions of novel E3 ubiquitin ligases in cancer, in order to develop rational therapeutics. Outside the lab, she enjoys photography, mixology, hiking, travelling, and international food.

  • Ph.D. Molecular and Cellular Biology Stony Brook University/Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
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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

Davide Monducci

Davide is an Italian visiting scholar. At present, he is enrolled in the Pharmaceutical Biotechnology M.S. at the University of Bologna and is scheduled to graduate in March 2021 after a research placement at the Sellers Lab, where he is working on CRISPR-based genetic screens. Beyond science, Davide enjoys jogging, skiing, playing video games and watching TV shows.

  • B.S. Biotechnology University of Bologna
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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

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Ruitong Li

Ruitong is a Computational Associate I. In her free time, Ruitong enjoys reading novels, experimenting with new recipes, and playing board games.

  • M.S. Computational Biology and Quantitative Genetics Harvard University
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Jocelyn McElrath

Jocelyn is the Administrative Lead in the Sellers Lab. In her spare time, Jocelyn enjoys reading, creating and cooking Instagram-worthy meals, and spending time with her 3 children and miniature dachshund Nahla.

  • B.S. Management and Human Resources Management — Fisher College
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Zachary Mullin-Bernstein

Zack is a research associate. He graduated from Northeastern University in May 2020 with B.S in Biochemistry. In his free time, Zack enjoys kayaking and hiking, and when he’s not outside, he is probably playing video games or reading a new book.

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Foxy Robinson

Foxy is a Research Associate II in the Sellers Lab. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, crafting, science writing, reading, and listening to podcasts.

  • B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, B.A. African American and African Studies — University of California, Davis

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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Michael Young

Michael Young is a Research Associate II in the Sellers Lab. In his free time, Michael enjoys reading, traveling, and cooking.

  • B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology — University of Massachusetts Amherst

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