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.
Deepti Gadi Ph.D.
B.Sc. Chemistry, St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University 2004
M.Sc. Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi 2006
M.S. & Ph.D. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 2012
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY, 2012-2014
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital 2016-2017
Deepti joined the lab in Jan. 2018 and is currently a staff scientist. Her research focus is on the modulation of T cells by PI3K inhibitors in CLL. This would help us understand why some patients develop autoimmune toxicities with PI3K inhibitor therapy. Deepti has a key role in the lab of investigating multiple clinical trials data by utilizing mass cytometry (CyTOF), flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, cytokines assays and western blotting techniques
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.
Steven T Manchini B.S.
Research Technician / Operations Coordinator
B.S. in Biology, Salem State University, 2017
Steven joined the Brown Lab in 2019 to expand his knowledge in clinical research. He assists in the banking process, and organizing the clinical trial samples. As the operations coordinator for Dr. Brown, he helps facilitate communication between the clinic and the laboratory. Steven’s goals for this position are to become familiar with various protocol techniques, to coordinate effective communication, and to assist in furthering CLL research.
In his spare time, he runs a handmade jewelry business, DNA Organic Designs. He enjoys creating unique art out of silver, gold, and gemstones.
Ishwarya Murali Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
B-Tech in Biotechnology, SASTRA University, India, 2009
Ph.D. in Pharmacology, Physiology & Neuroscience, Rutgers University, NJ, 2017
Ishwarya joined Dana-Farber in September 2017 and her projects in the laboratory mainly focus on understanding the primary and acquired mechanisms of resistance to recently developed novel agents in CLL and evaluating patterns of clonal evolution in these patients both before and during therapy with the novel agents. This work will help us identify predictive biomarkers of who will achieve MRD negativity to each class of drugs and identify novel targets for newer drug development to push for deeper remissions and possible curative therapies.
In her free time, Ishwarya enjoys travelling, sports and playing with her 3-year-old daughter.
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.
Vanessa Rai B.A.
Clinical Lab Assistant I
B.A. in Biology, College of the Holy Cross, 2017
Vanessa joined the Brown Lab in 2017 after graduating from College of the Holy Cross with a major in Biology. As a pre-med, she was interested in learning the research aspect of medicine and found the Brown Lab to be an ideal place for her to learn and grow. She primarily works with Stacey on the banking, organizing, cataloging and handling of the clinical trial samples. She also help students and new comers in the lab with learning the banking protocols. Being a lab assistant, she also assists other lab members and on various lab projects when needed.
Besides working in Brown Lab, she loves travelling, trying new food, BTS and spending time with her family and 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.