People

Raul Mostoslavsky

Raul Mostoslavsky

Principal Investigator

I am the one trying to keep the people working, motivated, and focused on the fascinating questions behind chromatin that still keep us awake at night. Outside the lab, I enjoy traveling with my lovely daughter Dalilah and my wife Silvina, and I enjoy scuba diving, skiing, photography, tennis, and good music (from Dire Straits to Vivaldi). And, of course, eating good chocolate! I mean, real good.

Raul Mostoslavsky, MD PhD
Professor, Scientific Co-Director
The Laurel Schwartz Professor of Oncology (Medicine)
MGH Cancer Center, Harvard Medical School
Associate Member, The Broad Institute
rmostoslavsky@mgh.harvard.edu
Phone: 617-643-3146

Nicole Smith

Nicole Smith

Lab Manager

I am the one trying to keep the Mostoslavsky lab tidy, organized and running. Quite impossible, but I keep trying! Outside the lab, I love sports and watching my son play soccer and hockey.

Nicole Smith,
Lab Manager
nsmith5@partners.org
Phone: 617-643-3155

Giórgia Silveira

Giórgia Silveira

Postdoctoral fellow

Hi! I am Giórgia and I’m a post doc in Raul’s lab. I am from Brazil (best place in the world!) where I did my Master’s and Ph.D. at University of São Paulo (Brazil). In the lab my work is focused on exploring new chromatin factors involved in DNA damage recognition and repair. In my spare time I enjoy watching TV shows and movies, reading, going to the beach and exploring new places.

Giorgia G. Silveira
Postdoctoral fellow
ggobbidasilveira@mgh.harvard.edu
Phone: 617-643-3154

Thomas Clarke

Thomas Clarke

Postdoctoral Fellow

Hi! I’m Tom and I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in Raul’s lab. I am originally from the UK and moved to the USA shortly after completing my Ph.D. at the University of Birmingham (UK). In the lab, I am interested in the role of chromatin in the maintenance of genome stability and I hope to identify and understand the role of novel chromatin factors in the repair of DNA damage. Outside of the lab I enjoy reading, travelling and attending sporting events (Go Pats!).

Thomas L. Clarke
Postdoctoral fellow
tlclarke@mgh.harvard.edu
Phone: 617-643-3155

Hyomin Cho

Hyomin Cho

Postdoctoral Fellow

Hi, I am Hyomin Cho who has recently joined Raul’s lab as a post doc. I come from Korea and completed my Ph.D. at Korea university. During my Ph.D. course, I tried to understand the role of drp1-dependent mitochondrial fission in various context. In Raul’s lab, I would like to understand chromatin modification in pancreatic cancer development from tumorigenesis to metastasis, and to understand it in the context of mitochondria. Outside the lab, I like taking a walk in the park with my wife and playing table tennis.

Hyomin Cho
Postdoctoral fellow
hcho14@mgh.harvard.edu
Phone: 617-643-3155

Tiziano Bernasocchi

Tiziano Bernasocchi

Postdoctoral Fellow

Hi, I’m Tiziano Bernasocchi. I obtained my Ph.D. from the Institute of Oncology Research (Bellinzona) and the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, where I studied genetic driver events of prostate cancer. I joined the Mostoslavsky lab to study the crosstalk between metabolism, epigenetic, and cancer. In the free time, I enjoy skiing, hiking, and biking.

Tiziano Bernasocchi
Postdoctoral fellow
TBERNASOCCHI@mgh.harvard.edu
Phone: 617-643-3155

Lara Roach

Lara Roach

Graduate Student

I am a Ph.D. student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program at Harvard. I am interested in the interplay of chromatin and metabolism in cancer, more specifically the role of chromatin modifying enzymes in cancer resistance to nutrient starvation. I was born and raised in Anaheim, California before attending undergrad at UCLA (Go Bruins!). Outside of the lab, I enjoy watching TV shows and sporting events, reading, and traveling to new places.

Lara Roach
Graduate Student
lroach@g.harvard.edu
Phone: 617-643-3155

Naya Amoh

Naya Amoh

Graduate Student

Hello, I’m Naya Amoh, I’m a graduate student in the Harvard BBS program. I grew up in Tema, Ghana and Alexandria, VA. I graduated from William and Mary in 2019 with a B.S in biology and Hispanic studies. My research interests are in the role of chromatin factors in DNA Repair. Outside the lab I like to take part in various forms of visual and performing arts.

Naya Amoh
Graduate Student
namoh@g.harvard.edu
Phone: 617-643-3154

José Del Río Pantoja

José Del Río Pantoja

Graduate Student

¡Hola! I’m José and I’m a PhD Candidate in the Chemical Biology Program at Harvard. I am originally from the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. I enjoy doing many things, some of them being figure skating, traveling to new places, watching drag shows, getting creative with my cooking, and dancing. Science-wise, I am very passionate about biochemistry and organic chemistry. For my thesis research, I’m working towards further elucidating the intersection between metabolism and epigenetic regulation at a histone mark level in both cancer and torpor settings.

José Del Río Pantoja
Graduate Student
jdelriopantoja@g.harvard.edu
Phone: 617-643-3154

Ting-Yu Wei

Ting-Yu Wei

Research Specialist

Hi! My name is Ting-Yu. I am a Research Specialist, working on metabolomic studies by using LC-MS & GC-MS. I am from the motherland of the Bubble Tea, Taiwan (full of fantastic foods). I majored in Life Science in college, and conducted metabolomic research in my master’s degree training. I play volleyball and badminton. I am a dog lover, and I also enjoy music, movies (sci-fi, fantasy, action, musical etc.), novels and comic books.

Ting-Yu Wei
Research Specialist
twei1@mgh.harvard.edu
Phone: 617-643-3154

Christin Rossi, In Memoriam

Christin Rossi, In Memoriam

Administrative Assistant and Grant Administrator

“Dear Chris, you will always be part of this lab, and we are sure that wherever you are in the sky, you are smiling and hugging us”

Alumni

Alumni Position in the lab Current position
Christina Ferrer Post-doctoral fellow Assistant Professor University of Maryland Baltimore
Ruben Boon Post-doctoral fellow Senior Scientist Galapagos NV
Elizabeth Haggerty Research Technician Research Scientist I Novartis
Yasmin G Hernandez-Barco Clinical Research Fellow Faculty Mass General Hospital
Sam Linder Ph.D. Student Scientist Chroma Medicine
Jee-Eun Choi Ph.D. Student Post-doctoral fellow Hong Kong University
Jordan Todd Ph.D. Student Genentech
Jean Pierre Etchegaray Post-doctoral fellow Assistant Professor Rutgers University
Sita Kugel Post-doctoral fellow Assistant Professor Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center – Seattle
Carlos Sebastián Post-doctoral fellow Assistant Professor University of Barcelona – Spain
Barbara Martinez Pastor Post-doctoral fellow Research Associate CNIO – Spain
Claudia Consentino Post-doctoral fellow Research Teaching Staff Hunter College – NY
Andrew Chang Undergraduate researcher
Catherine Li Undergraduate researcher
Silvia Diaz Undergraduate researcher
Sylvana Hassanieh Visiting Student Ph.D. Student Oxford University – England
Agustina D’Urso Research Assistant Ph.D. student Northwestern University – Chicago
Sofia Giacosa Research Assistant Ph.D. student University of Grenoble – France
Daniel Holoch BBS rotation student Ph.D. student Harvard Medical School – Boston
Xin Li BBS rotation student Ph.D. student Harvard Medical School – Boston
Muge Celiktas Summer Student Research Assistant Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center – Seattle
Rivka Polak Visiting Scientist Associate Professor of Medicine Hadassah Medical School – Israel
Valeria Hasbani Visiting Student Medical Student University of Tucuman – Argentina
Mari Carmen Ortells Fullbright Visiting Student Ph.D. student University of Barcelona – Spain
Shree Bose Undergraduate Student Rotation Harvard University – Boston
Deborah Toiber Post-doctoral fellow Assistant Professor Ben Gurion University – Israel
Magali Silberman Post-doctoral fellow Assistant Professor University of Buenos Aires – Argentina
Lei Zhong Post-doctoral fellow Research Associate Foundation Medicine – Boston