PEOPLE

Jenna Galloway

JENNA GALLOWAY, PH.D

Principal Investigator

Jenna Galloway received her B.A. in Biology from Johns Hopkins University and her Ph.D. in Genetics from Harvard University. Her graduate research was performed in the laboratory of Dr. Leonard Zon at Children’s Hospital, Boston, where she worked on pathways regulating blood stem cell biology and lineage fate decisions. After her Ph.D., she joined the lab of Dr. Clifford Tabin in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, where she applied her knowledge of musculoskeletal development towards an improved understanding of the mechanisms leading to the congenital limb malformation, phocomelia. Currently, Dr. Galloway is an Assistant Professor of Biology at the Center for Regenerative Medicine and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Her laboratory uses zebrafish genetics and stem cells to understand how tendons and ligaments form, organize, and regenerate with the ultimate goal of applying this knowledge towards the development of improved therapies for tendon and ligament injuries.

Mor Grinstein

MOR GRINSTEIN, PH.D.

Post-Doc

Mor Grinstein completed his M.Sc. in Biophysics and Chemical Oceanography at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Mor then proceeded to earn his Ph.D. in Anatomy and Cell Biology from Israel’s Technion Medical School for his research on kidney development. In the Galloway lab, Mor seeks to understand tendon cell behaviors in postnatal development and injury to model the interactions of cells with each other and their Extra Cellular Matrix (ECM) rich environment.  Mor is also building an in vitro system that differentiates pluripotent stem cells to allow enhanced study of human tendon development.

Xubo Niu

XUBO NIU, PH.D.

Post-Doc

Xubo Niu earned his Ph.D. from Dr. Jinrong Peng’s lab at Zhejiang University’s College of Animal Sciences in China. There, Xubo used zebrafish to research (1) CopII mediated protein transportation in early digestive organ development  and (2) Nuclear pore function of Sec13 in safeguarding zebrafish retina integrity. In the Galloway Lab, Xubo’s researches tendon regeneration and tenogenic differentiation of stem cells by using zebrafish, mouse ES cells, and human ES cells as models. If Xubo is not busy enjoying his work in the lab or appreciating the research environment around him at MGH and Harvard, Xubo enjoys cooking and spending time with his wife.

Stephanie Tsai

STEPHANIE TSAI, PH.D

Post-Doc

Stephanie received her SB in Biology from MIT and completed her PhD in Doug Melton's lab at Harvard University. Her doctoral thesis was focused on identifying signaling mechanisms essential for the initiation of salamander limb regeneration, with an emphasis on cytokine signaling. In the Galloway lab, she is interested in both elucidating the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie tendon scarring versus regenerative responses and identifying transcriptional regulators of human tendon cell fate.

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JASON MARVIN, PH.D

Post-Doc

Jason Marvin received their B.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from The University of Texas at Dallas and Cornell University, respectively. Under the mentorship of Prof. Nelly Andarawis-Puri, their doctoral research leveraged biological insight from the super-healer Murphy Roth’s Large (MRL/MpJ) mouse strain to identify candidate protein regulators of mammalian tendon regeneration. As a Harvard Medical School (HMS) Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Galloway Lab, Jason seeks to elucidate the role of key extracellular matrix constituents and cell signaling networks in regulating the activity of resident cell populations in the tendon by generating novel ECM transgenic models. In his free time, Jason enjoys trying new coffee varieties, rock climbing, cooking, and playing with dogs.

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STEFFANY VILLASEÑOR

Lab Manager/Research tech

Steffany received her A.B. in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology from Harvard University. In the Galloway Lab, Steffany manages the lab and works on further characterizing tendon regeneration and development. Outside of the lab, Steffany enjoys hiking, ultimate frisbee, and embroidery.

Alex Dang

ALEX DANG

Undergraduate Student

Alex is an undergraduate student at Harvard University planning to concentrate in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology with a secondary in Economics. In the Galloway Lab, Alex is currently working on tendon regeneration and development under the guidance of Stephanie Tsai. In his free time, he enjoys playing various sports and traveling to new places.

HANNAH SHELL

Undergraduate Student

Hannah is an undergraduate student at Harvard University.

 

ALUMNI

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CALVIN WANG

Master's Student

JESSICA CHEN, PH.D.

Graduate Student

RISHITA  SHAH, PH.D.

Post-Doc

MATTHEW KING

Lab Manager

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NIDHA ISMAIL AMEERAPPA

Lab Manager

GABRIEL ONOR

Undergraduate Student

GRANT SPROW

Undergraduate Student

OZICHI OSUOHA

Undergraduate Student

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JOSH GREEN

Master's Student

CHRIS SUN

Undergraduate Student

KEN ZOU

Undergraduate Student

TYLER HWANG

Undergraduate Student

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HEATHER DINGWALL, PH.D

Doctoral Student

LUKE O'CONNOR

Lab Manager

MARIE-THERESE NOEDL, PH.D.

Post-Doc

SARA TAVAKOLI

Research Tech/Lab Manager

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CINDY XU, PH.D

Post-Doc