Christian J. Braun (Postdoc)

Neuroblastoma is the most common extracranial solid cancer in childhood. Development of resistance to chemotherapy is a major obstacle in late-stage and advanced neuroblastoma. RNAi screening technique in combination with murine tumor transplantation is used to investigate genetic factors in chemotherapy resistance and metastasis.

Christian J Braun received his MD from Georg August University Goettingen (Germany) in 2009. He worked as a clinical resident in pediatric oncology at Hannover Medical School (MHH) and Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU) before joining the lab in 2011.

Peter Bruno (Grad Student)

Grew up near the beach outside of L.A. and went to UC-San Diego for undergrad. Still trying to get used to New England weather.

Eleanor Cameron (Grad Student)

Eleanor graduated magna cum laude from Pomona College in 2008. As a graduate student in the Hemann lab, she focuses on the in vivo response to dasatinib (Sprycel) in a transplantable mouse model of Philadelphia-chromosome positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Holly Chriscione (Lab Manager)

Holly Criscione has been the lab manager and research technician for the Hemann Lab since June of 2006. She graduated in May of 2006 with her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Biotechnology with a concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology and Genetics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA.

Nina Fenouille (Postdoc)

Ph.D., 2011, University of Nice, France
M.S., 2007, University of Nice, France
B.S., 2005, University of Nice, France

Nina is interested in investigating the genetic basis for chemotherapeutic resistance of melanoma, a lethal skin malignancy of increasing incidence, that is among the most notoriously aggressive and treatment-resistant of human cancers. Using a tumor transplantation/RNAi screening approaches, she is currently performing both targeted and unbiased searches for melanoma drug sensitizers in relevant preclinical settings.

Luke Gilbert (Grad Student)

Nice guy but prone to excessive mood swings and self medication. Likes camping.

Christian P. Pallasch, M.D. (Postdoc)

Christian graduated as a medical doctor from the Universities of Saarland, Oslo and Cologne. He did his MD thesis on glioblastoma-associated autoantibodies in the lab of Eckart Meese. He further pursued his residency in Hematology and Oncology at the University Hospital of Cologne and joined the lab of Clemens Wendtner to focus on the identification of pathogenic factors and drug targets in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia.

He currently works on functional characterization of tumor microenvironment mediated resistance to chemotherapy and is investigating the role of the macrophages in chemoimmunotherapy using in vivo RNAi approaches and humanized mouse models of leukemia and lymphoma.

Justin Pritchard (Grad Student)

Justin Pritchard graduated from UCLA in 2006 after a misspent 5 years indulging his love of the marine environment. He entered MIT the following fall. He spends most of his time attempting to convince the other members of the lab that he is not completely out of touch with reality.

Jennifer Ricks (Grad Student)

B.S. Biochemistry, 2008, North Carolina State University

When not in lab, Jennifer likes to travel, knit, and bake insanely delicious brownies.

Yadira Soto-Feliciano (Grad Student)

Yadira received her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Campus in 2008. After this, she spent two years as a research assistant in the lab of Dr. Robert Langer at MIT. As a new PhD student in the Hemann Lab, she plans to identify and investigate modulators of chemotherapy response in a pre B-cell ALL model.