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DMS Biotechnology path leader


Sergio Davila

Ph.D. candidate (2011 – Present)

Harvard Medical School




Sergio is a PhD student in the Harvard biological and biomedical sciences program, researching the T cell response to Chlamydia trachomatis under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Starnbach.  Prior to moving to Boston, he did research at the RAND corporation, Stanford and UCLA. He majored in Molecular and Cell biology at UCLA, graduated with highest honors and received the outstanding senior award in his major. He hopes to learn more about translating lab results to therapies and diagnostics particularly ways to make this process more efficient. During his free time, you can find Sergio playing guitar, finding the perfect chocolate, or planning his next trip.





Richa Dixit






Richa is a research fellow in the department of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School. Her research focuses on investigating the role of microRNA in neurodegeneration. Currently, she is studying Spinal Muscular Atrophy and Parkinson’s disease models of Drosophila. She received her PhD in Neurobiology from National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), India. She was recipient of several TIFR and Govt. of India fellowships during her graduate years. In her free time, Richa enjoys cooking, hiking, yoga and organizing Biotech-related events.



Director of Events


Wen Xie



Wen is a PhD student in Biological Sciences in public health (BPH) program, working on HIV latency and genetic epidemiology in Dr. Max Essex and Dr. George Daley's labs. Wen is interested in applying biomedical scientific findings to clinical and commercial applications. She joined the Biotech club hoping to help with the events that can introduce various pathways for students with science background. She is also in the program of Leder-Human Biology and Translational Medicine (LHB). Before she graduated from Tsinghua university with a double-major in Biological Sciences and Health Economics.


Director of Internal Affairs

DMS Law path leader


Chenning Lu

Ph.D. candidate (2009 – Present)

Harvard Medical School




Chenning is a graduate student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) program at Harvard Medical School. Her doctoral research in the laboratory of Dr. Danesh Moazed focuses on studying Sir3-mediated heterochromatin silencing in S. cerevisiae. Chenning joined the GSAS Harvard Biotechnology Club, hoping to contribute towards the intellectural property aspect of the Club. She hopes to learn more about translating basic research at the bench to commercial products that can benefit the general society, and to contribute towards connecting the vibrant pharma/biotech industry with the academics here. Prior to Harvard, Chenning graduated with honors from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, majoring in life sciences.


Director of IT and Communications

Mark Yore P.h.D.
Post-Doctoral Fellow (2010 - Present)
Harvard Medical School & Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Mark is a Post-Doctoral fellow in the division of Endocrinology, Diabetes& Metabolism at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where he researches mechanisms of insulin resistance with a view to developing novel therapeutics for the treatment of diabetes and metabolic diseases.  He obtained his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Dartmouth College where he researched novel targets and mechanisms of action for a series of small molecules currently under clinical investigation for the treatment chronic kidney disease.  A native of Ireland, Mark obtained a B.Sc. in Biotechnology, and a M.Sc. in Information Technology from Dublin City University. While enjoying basic research with a translational twist he likes to keep his figure on the pulse of the biotech industry to stay informed with current trends and targets in drug development.  In his spare time Mark enjoys cycling, running, exploring new restaurants and traveling.

Co-Director of External Affairs
Harvard Innovation and Commercialization course leader

Andrew Ayoob
PhD Student (2012 - Present)
Harvard GSAS / Draper Laboratory/ MIT - Langer Laboratory

Andrew is a PhD student in the Harvard/MIT SHBT program, working on biomaterial drug delivery strategies to the inner ear.  He is a fellow at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, MA, and is also currently working in the laboratory of Robert S. Langer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Andrew completed his undergraduate studies in chemical engineering at the University of Notre Dame.  During his first year as a graduate student, Andrew participated in the HIC (Healthcare Innovation and Commercialization Course) and is now serving as an HIC course coordinator.  Andrew also serves as the treasurer and is a general partner of the Irish Eagle Investment Partners, a small investment group focused on investments in biotechnology and 3D printing.

Co-Director of External Affairs

Jernej Godec

Ph.D. Candidate (2010 - Present)
Harvard Medical School


Jernej is a PhD student in the Harvard Immunology Program where he is combining experimental and quantitative approaches to study CD8 T cell responses in the context of infections and cancer under the supervision of Dr. Arlene Sharpe and Dr. Nick Haining. Originally from Slovenia, he graduated from UC Berkeley in Molecular and Cell Biology in 2009. His ambition for translating science to make a health impact led him to join the Biotech Club to explore different industries. As a past swimming Olympian, he uses his free time to continue to train but also explore new places around Boston and always on the lookout to try new food.

Director of the
Biotechnology Journal Club

Ph.D. candidate (2008-present)
Applied Physics, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Jagesh Shah Lab
Harrison is a Ph.D. student in Applied Physics in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He works in Jagesh Shah's lab, using microfluidics to study neutrophil chemotaxis. Harrison received a B.A. in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania and prior to starting graduate school, he worked in the Massachusetts General Hospital BioMEMS Resource Center. Harrison joined the GSAS Harvard Biotechnology Club in order to be able to interact with other scientists interested how bench-top technological advances are transitioned into successful products and therapies. In his free time, Harrison enjoys shuttling his daughter around to all of her activities.




Ex-Chair (2008-2010)


An-Jou (Angela) Chen

Ph.D. in Genetics/Medical Oncology (2010)
Ronald DePinho Lab

Harvard Medical School


Roche Global Leadership Development Program




Ex-Chair (2008-2011)


Piya Sircar

Ph.D. in Immunology (2011)
Norman Letvin Lab

Harvard Medical School

LEK Consulting


Ex-Chair (2008-2012)


Shaila Rahman

Ph.D. in Virology (2012)
Peter Howley Lab

Harvard Medical School

Flagship Ventures




Ex-Chair (2009-2013)


Chun Li

Ph.D. in Human Biology and Translational Medicine (2013)

Bruce Walker Lab
Harvard Medical School


Health Advances


Ex-Chair (2009-2013)


Shyh-Chang  Ng

Ph.D. in Biological and Biomedical Sciences (2013)

George Daley Lab & Lewis Cantley Lab
Harvard Medical School


Genome Institute of Singapore



Mail Address:

GSAS Harvard Biotechnology Club
Box 257
423 Brookline Ave.
Boston, MA 02215