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Lab Members

Principle Investigator 

Raghu Kalluri


Erika Wasileski
Tel. 617.735.4603
Fax. 617.735.4604
Erika graduated on May 28, 2009 with a B.A. in English literature and a minor in art history from McGill University in Montreal. Erika is excited to have re-located to Boston. She joined the Kalluri Lab in December of 2009.

Lab Manager

Lizzy Finan
Tel. 617.735.4627
Lizzy graduated from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY with a B.A. in Biology and a minor in Environmental Science. Shortly after her graduation in Spring 2008 she joined the Kalluri Lab in Summer of 2008. 

Graduate Students

Doruk Keskin
tel. 617.735.4614
Doruk completed his undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey in 2007. He entered the" BBS program at HMS in September 2007 and joined the Kalluri Lab in July of 2008. He is currently working on the role of stromal cells such as pericytes and lymphatics in regulating angiogenesis, tumor progression and metastasis, as well as the role of cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions in tumor lymphangiogenesis and lymphatic metastasis.

Zainab Khan
Tel. 617.713.4705
Zainab Khan joined Matrix Biology in October 2009. She is a 2 nd year DMSc student at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and her interests include cancer research. She completed her dental degree from India. Prior to coming to Harvard she also did an elective at the School of Dental Science, Melbourne. Apart from this she is actively involved with the raising oral health awareness amongst the below poverty line masses of India who have no access to health care.

  Meng Kong
Tel: 617.735.4637
Meng joined Kalluri Lab in February 2009 as a visiting PhD student from Peking University (China). He is focusing on the role of pericytes on the tumorigenesis and angiogensis.

Illana Stanley
Tel. 617.735.4621
Illana completed her B.S. in Biochemistry at Yale University. In 2007 she started her graduate training at Harvard Medical School in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences PhD program and she joined the Kalluri lab in 2008. Her research interests include carcinoma-associated fibroblasts in the tumor microenvironment and the role of TGF-beta signaling in different cellular contexts relevant to cancer.

Joyce Tse
Tel. 617.735.4625
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.

Sylvia Vong
Tel. 617.735.4626
Sylvia matriculated at UCLA and received a B.S. in Biochemistry. She entered the BBS program at HMS in 2006 and joined the Kalluri Lab in 2007. Sylvia is working on elucidating the role of the microenvironment in tumor initiation and progression.

Research Fellows

Megumi Kanasaki
Tel. 617.735.4628
Megumi graduated from Shiga University of Medical Science (SUMS) in Japan with MD in 2000 and completed her internship and residency in internal medicine there. She belongs to the PhD school of SUMS and has been working as a post-doctoral fellow at the Kalluri Lab since the summer of 2007. She is currently working on the influence of glycogen metabolism on matrix biology in placenta.

Anand Shah
Tel. 617.735.4611

Vivek Shenoy
Tel. 617.735.4617
Vivek earned his undergraduate from Harvard in Chemistry and Physics in 2006 and is currently a fourth-year medical student at Brown University. He joined the Kalluri lab in 2009 as part of a year-long clinical research fellowship supported by the Doris Duke Foundation. His research project focuses on the relationship between angiogenic biomarkers and the progression of preeclampsia post-diagnosis.

Gangadhar Taduri
Tel: 617.735.4168
I completed my medical schooling in Hyderabad, India, after which I trained as an internist and Nephrologist at Nizams Institute of Medical Sciences, a premier medical institute in India. Thereafter, I joined the Faculty of Nephrology at N.I.M.S. and became an Associate Professor. As an Associate Professor, I was in charge of the Dialysis Programme. With an interest in easing and preventing the kidney disease burden in my home country, I created preventive community outreach programmes as part of my work with the Dialysis Programme. These outreach programmes were designed with an objective of early detection of kidney disease and involved the institution of certain therapies that can prevent further progression of the disease. I have joined the Kalluri Lab because of its engagement with pioneering research. My goal is to better understand the progression of renal fibrosis and to participate in the research addressing various strategies to retard or reverse the fibrosis. As a young Nephrologist, to have the opportunity to be trained as a physician-scientist became my reality through the International Society of Nephrology's Fellowship and a great mentorship by Dr. Kalluri and members of the Kalluri Lab.

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Francisco Ayala de la Peña
Tel. 617.735.4613
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 Cooke
Tel. 617.735.4607
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 Duncan
Tel. 617.735.4608
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
Tel. 617.735.4619
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.

Tahereh Ghaziani
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 Kanasaki
Tel. 617.735.4612
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.

Megumi Kanasaki

Akane Kizu
Tel. 617.735.461
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
Tel. 617.735.4617


Hikaru Sugimoto
Tel. 617.735.4622
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. 

Neelima Tangira
Tel. 617.735.4623

Yingqi Teng
Tel. 617.735.4624
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.


Yuchi Han
Tel. 617.499.1688

Warren Hill
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.

Rajan Mariappan
Tel. 617.667.4322
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.

Elizabeth Zeisberg
Tel. 617.667.4858

Michael Zeisberg