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.

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! 

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.

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Stephanie Hajjar, Ph.D.
Postdoc fellow


Stephanie is finishing up her PhD from University of Ottawa. She will start in the Zhou lab in September! 

Tyler Chen
Research Intern

Tyler Chen is originally from Naperville, IL, and is currently studying mathematics at Dartmouth College as a member of the class of 2024. He will join the Zhou Lab in summer of 2022 through Harvard Immunology Summer Research program. 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 was born in China. Currently, 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. She will be a research intern in the Zhou's lab for the summer of 2022. 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.

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Nathan Raikman

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. Outside of research, she enjoys traveling, reading walls of text, and mundane conversations about figuring things out.

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.

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Bin Bao, Ph.D.
Postdoc fellow



Our customized 3D printer finally has a name! Harry makes magic in the lab!

Affiliated members

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.