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Xu Zhou, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator

Xu Zhou is a Principal Investigator in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Xu is also an Associate Member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Xu grew up in Beijing, China. He earned a B.S. from Peking University and then obtained a Ph.D. with Dr. Erin O’Shea in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University, studying systems biology and transcriptional regulation. He then completed his postdoctoral training with Dr. Ruslan Medzhitov in the Department of Immunobiology at Yale University School of Medicine, investigating the mechanisms of tissue homeostasis and inflammation, with a focus on macrophages and fibroblasts. Since 2021, the Zhou Lab is interested in understanding how immune cells communicate with their neighbors and surrounding environment to control tissue homeostasis and inflammation. Outside the lab, Xu enjoys outdoor activities, board games and playing fantasy football.

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Zhongyang Wu, Ph.D.
Postdoc fellow

Zhongyang is an authentic Hakka. He grew up in Jiangxi Province, China and earned his B.S. from Nanchang University. He then pursued his Ph.D. at Tsinghua University, studying epigenetic mechanism in mammalian histone. Zhongyang joined the Zhou lab since September 2021. He is studying how immune cells interact with stromal cells. Outside of science, he enjoys calligraphy, cooking and playing badminton.

Stephanie Hajjar, Ph.D.
Postdoc fellow

Stephanie was born in Ottawa, Canada and grew up in Beirut, Lebanon. In 2014, She moved back to Canada and completed my B.Sc. in Biomedical Sciences with Honours at University of Ottawa. She later pursued a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology at U Ottawa, studying immune regulation in a murine model of IBD. Joining the Zhou lab in September, Stephanie will be exploring how environmental sensing impacts immune cell regulation, tissue homeostasis and inflammation. Outside of research, She enjoy family gatherings, walks in nature, exploring new cuisines and swimming! 

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Marija Jankovic
Visiting graduate student
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Sybren Bouwman, M.S.
Visiting graduate student

Marija is a Medical Biotechnology master student from Vienna. She grew up in Austria and earned her bachelor’s degree in food science and biotechnology. In addition to pursuing a master degree, her particular interest in Medicine led her to a co-inscription at the Medical University of Vienna. She is working on her master thesis project to study the molecular mechanisms of immune activation and inflammation. Outside the lab, she loves traveling, learning a new language, painting, and spending time with her beloved ones.

Sybren grew up and started his studies in Leiden, The Netherlands where he obtained Bachelor degree in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences at Leiden University. He started  Masters degree also in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences, when he discovered a passion for exploring data and statistics related questions in the bio-medical field. This led Sybren to pursuing a second MA degree in Data Science. He is very interested in applying novel data science methods to problems in the bio-medical field. Outside of research he enjoy playing guitar, sailing, hiking and recently started to play tennis!

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Davis Garner
Rotation student
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Diana Leung, M.S.
Computation specialist

Davis is a first year PhD student in Harvard's Immunology Program. He grew up in Los Angeles and got his B.S. in Molecular Biology at BYU. Before coming to Harvard, he was a postbaccalaureate fellow at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease studying the roles of chemokine receptors in SARS-CoV2 and IAV infection. He is currently testing a new way to capture 3D chromatin interactions at high-resolution in order to explore how the tissue microenvironment directly regulates gene expression. His overall research interests include genomics and epigenomics, as well as understanding structural and mechanistic aspects of immunology and their implications for drug discovery. Outside the lab, Davis enjoys all things bikes: riding, racing, fixing and building. He also enjoys birdwatching, although he probably spends more time watching the English Premier League than watching birds now. 

Diana is a Research fellow joining the Zhou lab in the summer of 2022 through New Science ( joint with Ordovas-montanes lab). She grew up in central Jersey, went to Rutgers University to get a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, and recently graduated with an M.S. in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics from Yale University. She is particularly intrigued by questions in complex adaptive systems and evo-devo. Since September 2022, Diana has continued her work to explore emergent properties associated with complex systems. Outside of research, she enjoys traveling, reading walls of text, and mundane conversations about figuring things out.

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Diya Anand 
Research Assistant

Diya Anand grew up in Andover, Massachusetts. She recently graduated with a B.S. in Biology, on the Pre-Med track from the University of New Hampshire. Diya joined the Zhou Lab in summer of 2021 and is looking forward to learning and continuing her newfound interest in research. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and exploring new cuisines! 

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Jessica Tseng

Jessica is a junior majoring in biochemistry and minoring in psychology at Wellesley College. She will be joining Zhou’s Lab in the fall of 2022. She is interested in learning about the mechanisms behind immunology and how that can lead to possible future applications. Outside of the lab, Jessica enjoys making digital illustrations, cooking, and organizing cultural events.

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Jennavieve Zilic

Jennavieve (Jenna) is a sophomore student in Boston Univeristy and she joins the lab in 2023!

Former lab members

Tyler Chen
Research Intern

Tyler joined the Zhou Lab in summer of 2022 through Harvard Immunology Summer Research program. He is originally from Naperville, IL, and is currently studying mathematics at Dartmouth College as a member of the class of 2024. Tyler's summer research has developed partial differential equation (PDE) based cell circuit models to incorporate spatial and temporal behaviors of cells in understanding cell-cell communication in tissue homeostasis. Tyler developed Tyler is excited to dive deeper into the intersection of immunology with other fields. Outside of research and academics, he also enjoys competitive sudoku, traveling, and watching Survivor & The Amazing Race.

Milan Aori
Research Intern

Milan joined the Zhou lab as a research intern in the summer of 2022. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree major in Kinesiology and a double major in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, on the Pre-Med track. Milan is looking forward to more learning and exploration in the field of immunology. Outside of academics and research, she also enjoys art creation, reading, and deep thinking.

Nathan Raikman

Nathan grew up in Sharon, Massachusetts and is planning to major in neuroscience as an incoming freshman at Emory University. Interning at the Zhou Lab during the summer of 2022, he is excited to learn more about immune cell regulation and discover how 3D printing can be useful in investigating cell-cell interactions. Outside the lab, Nathan enjoys digital design, biking, and volunteering for youth-run nonprofits.

Affiliated members

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Bin Bao, Ph.D.
Postdoc fellow
Matthew Crawford, M.S.
Research Assistant

Bin is a postdoctoral research fellow in Dr. Scott Snapper's lab in the GI Division at Boston Children's Hospital. Bin is also a core scientist directing FACS core at the Harvard Digestive Diseases Center (HDDC). Bin received his Ph.D. from the School of Life Science at Sun Yat-sen University. He has a strong interest in development, metabolism, microbiome, and mucosal immunology. He is currently investigating how gut microbial product modulates mucosal immune cells, aiming to find a new therapeutic method for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) patients. Working with Bin, the lab is exploring the roles of pH sensing in intestinal homeostasis and inflammation. Outside of lab, Bin likes reading and playing chess games.

Matthew is a Research Assistant III in Dr. Wayne Lencer’s lab in the GI Division. He is originally from the North Shore of Massachusetts but spent time living in various countries growing up. He received his B.S. in Biochemistry from Tufts in 2019 and an M.S. in Bioengineering the following year. Matthew is the 3D printing engineer for the Zhou Lab. His interest in 3D printing for tissue culture materials brought him into the Zhou Lab and he currently studies how to increase quality control and reproducibility of printed items while improving cell-structure interactions. Outside the lab Matt is an avid enjoyer of nature, going camping, biking, and SCUBA diving whenever weather permits.

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