People

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Michael Birnbaum

Principal Investigator
A.B., Harvard University, 2008
Ph.D., Stanford University, 2014
mbirnb@mit.edu

Michael went to Harvard for undergraduate and then to Stanford for a PhD in Immunology. He is now back in Cambridge, and interested in immune receptor recognition and engineering. In his spare time, he tries every single new restaurant he can and convinces himself he likes running.

Christine Devlin

Research Support Associate
B.S., University of New Hampshire, 2013
M.S., George Washington University, 2015
cdevlin@mit.edu

Christine received her Bachelors degree at the University of New Hampshire and a Masters in biochemistry from The George Washington University. When not tending to cells, she spends her time investigating sample sizes and interactions between neurological proteins using yeast display. Outside of lab, she can be found tending to her succulents, trying a new recipe, or watching the latest tv show while daydreaming about her next travel adventure.

Connor Dobson

Graduate Student
B.Ch E., Auburn University 2016
csdobson@mit.edu

Connor received his bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University. He is interested in developing protein engineering tools that could be used to study and manipulate the immune response to a range of diseases. He is also interested in engineering viruses to perform novel functions or have useful properties. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, traveling, and outdoor activities.

Khloe Gordon

Graduate Student
B.S.E., Vanderbilt University 2017
gordonsk@mit.edu

Khloe received her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Vanderbilt University. She is developing high throughput strategies to engineer signaling pathways in mammalian cells in order to enhance CAR T cell therapies. In her spare time, she likes to cook, hike, and make ceramics.

Patrick Holec

Graduate Student
B.Bm.E., B.S., University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, 2016
pholec@mit.edu

Patrick graduated from University of Minnesota with a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Biomedical Engineering. He is currently facing an identity crisis as a computational researcher working in an immunology lab, but is interested in using machine learning and probabilistic methods to improve our understanding of the immune repertoire. In his free time, Patrick plays intramural sports, works on his music, and thinks about math.

Brooke Huisman

Graduate Student
B.S.E, University of Michigan, 2017
huismanb@mit.edu

Brooke received her Bachelor's in Biomedical Engineering from University of Michigan. She is interested in combining experimental and computational tools to study antigen presentation and immune recognition. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and mentoring students in STEM.

Taeyoon Kyung

Postdoctoral Fellow
B.S., Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 2010
Ph.D., Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 2016
kyungty@mit.edu

Taeyoon received his Bachelor’s and PhD at KAIST where he optogenetically manipulated intracellular calcium channels. Now, he is interested in rewiring T cell signaling circuits through CARs for better immunotherapy. In his free time, he likes to walk around old neighborhoods in Boston and enjoys watching ball games as much as playing them.

Beth Pearce

Graduate Student
B.Ch E., Auburn University, 2015
bpearce@mit.edu

Beth graduated from Auburn University as a chemical engineer and now loves living in Cambridge as a biological engineer. Her research interests include examining non-immunodominant immune responses to aid in creating better cancer therapies. In her free time, she enjoys rowing, playing intramural sports, and reading.

Garrett Rappazzo

Graduate Student
B.S., Cornell University, 2014
M.Eng., Cornell University, 2015
rappazzo@mit.edu

Garrett received his Bachelor’s and Master’s education in biomedical engineering at Cornell University, home of the world’s finest hockey team. He is interested in understanding and manipulating the recognition of tumors by the adaptive immune system. In his free time he enjoys hiking, climbing, and snowboarding in the mountains of New England.

Anna Reich

Research Support Associate
B.A., Scripps College, 2018
B.S.E., University of Southern California, 2018
reicha@mit.edu

Anna graduated with a B.A. in Chemistry from Scripps College and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Southern California as part of a dual degree program. In addition to handling ordering and cell line maintenance for the lab, she works on engineering viruses to further our understanding of the immune system function.  In her free time, Anna can be found sewing, reading Agatha Christie, or sitting on the beach.