Joyce received a bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology from Princeton University in 2005 and subsequently matriculated into the Biological and Biomedical Sciences graduate program at Harvard Medical School. In 2006, she joined the Kalluri Lab, where she studies the role of distinct fibroblast populations in cancer progression and metastasis.
Francisco Ayala de la Peña
After receiving his MD at the University of Murcia (Spain) in 1991, Francisco completed his residency in the Department of Medical Oncology of San Carlos University Hospital (Complutense University, Madrid, Spain) and became a medical oncologist in 1995. He took his PhD in Medicine in 2001 with a thesis focusing on integrin polymorphisms and breast cancer (University of Murcia, Spain). In September 2008, he joined the Kalluri Lab as a post-doctoral fellow.
Vesi received her PhD from the University of Delaware in the fall of 2007. Her thesis work focused on studying how a tight junction protein called JAM-A regulated angiogenesis. She joined the Kalluri Lab in October 2007 to study angiogensis and cancer. When Vesi is not in lab she enjoys spending time with her 2 year old daughter Lexi.
Mike received his PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences/Bio-Analytical Chemistry in 2006 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There he studied the biosynthetic enzymes of the anticoagulant drug heparin and heparan sulfate structure/function with Professor Jian Liu. His current interests as a postdoc in the Kalluri Lab are in the role of the vascular basement membrane and perivascular cells in pro-fibrotic tissue microenvironments. Mike is a 2007 UNCF Merck Postdoctoral Fellow.
Sarah Flier was a Biology and Philosophy double major at Brandeis University and then went on to pursue an M.D. at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai and is now a G.I. fellow at BIDMC. Sarah joined the Kalluri Lab in Summer 2008.
Tara graduated from Shahid Beheshti Medical University (SBUMS) in Tehran-Iran. She first became interested in the area of liver disease when she worked with GI/liver clinic and the research center affiliated to SBUMS. She then joined Dr. Herebert Bonkovsky's lab at Univ. Connecticut in 2003 and worked on the importance of HFE and heme oxygenase genes in hepatitis B and C and published her work prior to starting the medical residency. She completed her residency at Cambridge Hospital and is currently a gastroenterology and hepatology fellow at BIDMC. Her main research interest is molecular studies in liver fibrosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Tara joined the Kalluri Lab in Summer of 2009 as part of her GI research track fellowship. She is now working on the role of fibroblasts in mouse model of liver fibrosis.
Keizo graduated with his MD/PhD from Shiga University of Medical Sciences (Japan) and became a post-doctoral in the Kalluri Lab in 2005. In spite of his training as a nephrologist, Keizo is involved in various projects in the lab, including work on preeclampsia and interstitial cystitis. Amongst the Kalluri Lab members, he is known as Coach Keizo for all his dedication to the training and guidance of other post-doctoral fellows and graduate students in the lab.
Akane is an MD/PhD who joined the Kalluri Lab in April of 2008. Akane gained an MD in 1999 from St. Marianna University School of Medicine and then received her PhD in 2005 from Osaka City University Graduate School of Medicine. Her current interest lies in EMT and apoptosis and the role of integrin in angiogensis. Past interests have included the mechanism of vascular calcification and atherosclerosis in diabetes.
Soo Bong Lee
Hikaru completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in medicine at Okayama University, Japan. After having finished the resident program as a general physician, he got training as a diabetes specialist. He moved to Boston in 1999 for a postdoctoral fellowship to investigate genetic factors for diabetic nephropathy. In 2001, he joined the Kalluri Lab to further study blood vessels.
After acquiring her undergraduate degree from Peking University (China), Yingqi pursued her PhD at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York. She joined the Kalluri Lab in 2006.
Warren attained his undergraduate and Masters degree in the Biochemistry Dept. at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand then in 1990 gained his PhD in cystic fibrosis at the University of Adelaide in South Australia. Post-doctoral and junior faculty appointments followed at the University of Pittsburgh, PA; firstly in the Dept. of Cell Biology with Professor and Chairman Raymond A. Frizzell and then with Mark L. Zeidel, Chairman of the Medicine in the Dept. of Medicine at Pittsburgh. Warren has recently followed the Zeidel Lab to BIDMC where he is an Assistant Professor in the Matrix Biology Division of the Dept. of Medicine. Warren works on the physiology and pathophysiology of the urothelium in bladder.
Raj completed his graduate medical degree at Madras Medical College, Chennai, India and doctoral studies in Biomedical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. Midway through his graduate studies, he moved to UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX in 1996, and completed his doctoral work. Raj subsequently completed his anatomical and clinical pathology residency training at Yale University (Yale New Haven Hospital), and served as a chief resident (2004). In 2004, Raj moved to Stanford University Medical Center, where he completed fellowships in molecular genetic pathology and hematopathology. In 2006, he joined as staff pathologist in the Department of Pathology, BIDMC. Raj was collaborator with Dr. Roya Khosravi-Far in 2007, working on chronic myelogenous leukemia. Raj joined the Division of Matrix Biology in 2008; his research interests include bone marrow stromal cells in hematopoiesis and lymphomagenesis.