Stacey Marie Fernandes B.S.
Principal Research Technician
B.S. in Biology, Emmanuel College, 2003
Stacey joined the Brown lab in August of 2009 when her previous PI retired, and thought this would be a great time to transition into clinical research. Her primary role in the lab is to manage all clinical trial bankings as it pertains to the CLL Center. She is also the liaison between collaborators inside and outside the Institute.
In her free time Stacey can be found in her hometown Taunton volunteering with St. Vincent de Paul, singing in her barbershop chorus NoteAble Blend, in her backyard tending to her garden, and spending time with her family and friends.
Binu Kandathilparambil Sasi Ph.D
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
MSc in Medical Biochemistry, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India.
PhD in Molecular Biology, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India, 2014
Post-Doctoral Fellow, International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), Trieste, Italy, 2014-2018
Post-Doctoral Fellow, UT Health San Antonio, Texas, 2018-2021
Binu joined Brown Lab in September 2021. Prior to join the Brown Lab, he was extensively trained in both CLL and DLBCL biology in his previous postdoc training. In Brown’s Lab, he will be working to understand the mechanism of both resistance and toxicity to PI3K inhibitors in CLL cohorts. This would help to improve the treatment strategies to overcome either resistance or will help to reduce toxicities by these agents.
In his free time he enjoys travelling in and around Boston, enjoy cooking and hanging out with friends.
Aditi Gupta Ph.D
Postdoctoral Research fellow
B.Sc. Biochemistry Honours, University of Delhi, India, 2008
M.Sc. Genetics, University of Delhi, India 2010
Ph.D. Human Genetics, University of Delhi, India 2016
Postdoctoral Research fellow, Mayo Clinic, Rochester. MN, USA, 2016-2019
Aditi joined the Brown lab at DFCI in May 2019. She has her training in genetics and her work here is mainly on discovery and interpretation of rare germline variants in lymphoma and CLL, in families as well as case-control study. Subsequent functional analysis for evaluation of these variants using in vitro or ex vivo methods may be pursued.
Her hobbies include reading, hiking, badminton, and going on walks in her new city.
BA in Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, Anticipated Graduation Date 2023.
Stephen is currently studying at UC Berkeley, majoring in MCB with an emphasis in Immunology and Pathogenesis with a minor in Data Science and plans on pursuing an MD-PhD. Since his classes were remote due to COVID, he was able to join the Brown Lab in October 2020 for a year-long research internship in the hopes of gaining experience in translational medicine and clinical research. His project involves looking at the selectivity of novel drug inhibitors to determine whether these drugs can be used in CLL patients who have a specific mutation. In his free time, Stephen loves traveling and exploring the city while drinking a grande Iced Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks.
Aishath Shanaz Naeem Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research fellow
BSc (Hons) in Genetics, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK, 2008
PhD in Skin Biology, University College London, London, UK, 2014
Post-Doctoral Fellow, University College London, London, UK. 2015-2017
Aishath joined Brown Lab at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in September 2018. Her project involves looking at the potency and selectivity of next generation non-covalent BTK inhibitors. This work will help determine whether these inhibitors can be used to treat CLL patients who have progressed on prior treatment with covalent BTK inhibitors.
In her spare time Aishath loves experiencing different cultures, traveling and exploring local restaurants in Boston area!
B.S. in Biology, Northeastern University, Anticipated Graduation Date 2022
Winnie is currently studying at Northeastern University in the honors program, majoring in Biology with a minor in Math. She recently joined the Brown Lab in January of 2019 for her first co-op in hopes of gaining invaluable laboratory skills, and learning more about clinical research and translational medicine. She primarily helps with maintaining the CLL bank by sample processing and database updating. She hopes that her experience at the lab will help provide her guidance on her pre-med journey!
Besides working in the lab, Winnie loves staying involved in the Asian American community at school, traveling, cooking/baking and spending time with friends and family.
B.A. in Neuroscience, Colgate University, Anticipated Graduation Date 2022
Becca is currently studying at Colgate University, majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in Biology. She recently joined the Brown Lab in June of 2020 for a research internship in hopes of gaining experience in medical oncology and clinical research. She hopes that this experience will help her decide between an MD or combined MD-Ph.D route. Besides working in the lab, Becca works as an EMT at school and enjoys hiking, traveling, and cooking!
Lori Shettlesworth B.S.
Clinical Laboratory Assistant/Research Technician
B.S. in Biology, Worcester State University, 2019
A.S. in Biotechnology: Forensic DNA Science, Massachusetts Bay Community College, 2017
Lori joined the Brown Lab in the beginning of 2020, after graduating from Worcester State University in 2019. She was eager to join the lab because she was interested in learning about research in the medical field as well as expand her laboratory skills. She is interested in learning about CLL and the different trials the Brown Lab is a part of. In the lab, she processes clinical trial samples, performs DNA extractions, and helps Stacey with data banking. In her free time, she enjoys going to concerts, being outside and hanging out with friends.
Alexander Vartanov, M.D.
Research Trainee in Medical Oncology
BA in Physics, Chemistry, Wesleyan University, 2010
MD, American University of the Caribbean, 2018
Primary Care Internal Medicine Resident, University of Connecticut, 2018-2021
Sasha started working at Dana-Farber in 2010 as a clinical research coordinator in the Lymphoma Program. During this time he became involved with several translational research projects within the Brown Lab. After completing medical studies and securing internal medicine residency, he rejoined the lab as a research trainee and continues to hold this position while advancing his clinical training. He is part of the team using mass cytometry to promote our understanding of the immune response to the latest CLL therapeutic regimens.
Outside of the hospital, he enjoys cycling, hiking, and spending time with family.