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

Naya Amoh

Naya Amoh

Graduate Student

Hello, I’m Naya Amoh, I’m a PhD Candidate 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 spend time reading in Boston Commons and going to musical shows.

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

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

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

Shweta Kumar

Shweta Kumar

Postdoctoral Fellow

Namaste! I am Shweta, and I am a postdoctoral fellow at Raul‘s lab. I am from India, and I completed my PhD at the Indian Institute of Science. In my PhD, I studied the role of SIRT2 in aging associated fibrosis. In Raul’s lab, I am interested in looking at novel gene drivers in metastases, from the point of view of metabolism in metastatic cells and epigenetic regulation. Apart from science, I enjoy dancing, painting, crafting, reading, photography, travelling, listening to music, eating, and a lot more!

Shweta Kumar
Postdoctoral fellow
skumar63@mgh.harvard.edu
Phone: 617-643-3154

Belén Machin

Belén Machin

Postdoctoral Fellow

Hi! My name is Belén, and I am currently a postdoctoral fellow working in Raul’s lab. I am from Argentina (yes, the current FIFA World Cup champions!), where I earned my PhD degree from the National University of Tucumán. My research focuses on the connection between epigenetics and metabolism in cancer, specifically in the context of metastasis. Outside the lab I enjoy working out, cooking, exploring new places, and spending time with friends.

Belén Machin
Postdoctoral fellow
mbmachin@mgh.harvard.edu
Phone: 617-643-3155

Carolina Noble

Carolina Noble

Research Scientist

Buenas!, I am Carolina Noble and I am a Research Scientist at Mostoslavsky and Al-Bardeesy labs leading and conducting metabolomics strategies for a wide of different applications on cancer research. I come from the beautiful and tiny country Uruguay in South America. I did my PhD in the University of Copenhagen in Denmark in Toxicology focused on metabolite ID of novel psychoactive drugs using mass spectrometry. I am very interested in the application of emerging analytical tools, particularly mass spectrometry, to help to understand metabolic reprogramming and adaption of tumor cells.
Outside the lab, I spend time with my amazing daughter Emma, Nick and Tom (the dog!), hiking, drinking mate, reading or travelling somewhere.

Carolina Noble, PhD
Research Scientist
acnoble@mgh.harvard.edu
Phone: 617-643-3155

Safaa El Janan

Safaa El Janan

Summer Student

Hey there! I‘m Safaa, just your average high schooler hanging out at Raul’s lab. I’m all about biology and dreaming of a future in medicine. When I’m not in the lab, you can catch me reading, baking, binge-watching Turkish dramas, or treating myself to some retail therapy.

Safaa El Janan
Phone: 617-643-3155

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
Thomas Clarke Post-doctoral Fellow Assistant Professor Boston University School of Medicine
Giorgia Gobbi Da Silveira Post-doctoral Fellow Scientist Prime Medicine
Lara Roach Ph.D. Student CNS Director for Success & Diversity U. Mass Amherst
Ting-Yu Wei Research Specialist Research Specialist Harvard Medical School
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 – Cambridge
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