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Principal Investigator

Jamil R. Azzi, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Medical Director, Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation
Associate Director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation

Jamil R. Azzi is an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, the medical director of the Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation and the associate director of the Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  His research focuses on understanding the immune-regulatory arm of the immune system in transplantation, autoimmunity and cancer with the goal of developing more targeted and safer therapeutic strategies. A major focus currently is CD4 and CD8 regulatory T cells in addition to engineering cell therapies. Dr. Azzi’s laboratory is also exploring multiple genomics and proteomics approaches to develop biomarkers that noninvasively detect rejection in kidney transplant recipients and measure the immune function of immunosuppressed patients.

John Y. Choi
John Y. Choi, M.D.
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Sungjin Moon, M.D., Ph.D.
Muhsin Saif
Muhsin Saif, M.D.
Visiting Professor
Yousef Haik, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Trainees
Rania El Fekih
Rania El Fekih
Hobby: I enjoy reading history and politics books. I love Arabic music and I enjoy singing.
Current project: I am working on the role of urinary exosome mRNA signature in predicting kidney allograft outcomes and in risk-stratifying kidney allograft recipients.
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Nour Younis
Hobby: I enjoy walking, exploring new places, and cooking. I am also fascinated by history and science.
Current Project: I am working on multiple projects. My work focuses on exploring therapeutics for immune-related skin diseases using novel bioengineering techniques.
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Tamara Merhej
Hobby: I enjoy exploring new cultures, trying new cuisines, and cycling around the Charles!
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Hengcheng Zhang
Hobby: I enjoy exploring the unknown.
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Dongliang Zhang
Hobby: I like playing computer, walking, cooking, and experiencing different cultures.
Current Project: Mainly engaged in murine heart transplantation and other surgical-related operations.
PhD Students
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Siawosh Eskandari
Hobby: I enjoy experimenting with my sous vide precision cooker and playing the piano.
Current project: I focus on developing new cell-based immunotherapies. My most prominent project is the functionalization of regulatory T cells with novel chimeric antigen receptors.
Research Assistant
Andrew Badaoui
Hobby: I enjoy going to the gym and reading!
Clinical Coordinator
Shreya Rao
Hobby: I enjoy long distance running!
Nai Azzi
Zachary Joseph
Hobby: I enjoy playing the piano, reading, and baking!
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Mark Rhoge
Hobby: Rowing and enjoying beautiful views in nature!
John-Paul Haber
Christa Deban
Connor O'Brien
Anis Saad, M.D.
Ahmad Halawi, M.D.
Ahmed T. Kurdi, M.D.
Amr Mansouri, M.D.
Jean Pierre Assaker, M.D.
Pavlo Lukyanchykov, M.D.
Ina Sulkaj
Hazim Allos, M.D.
Juliano El Haddad, M.D.
Albana F. Bano, M.D.
Amr Radwan, M.D.
Jenelle M. Safadi
Sujit K. Routray, M.D.
Basmah Al Dulaijan, M.D.
Karim Yatim, M.D.
Songjie Cai, M.D., Ph.D.
Farnaz Namazi, D.D.S.
Katharine Cashman
Andrea Daccache
Areej Alghamdi, MD
Ashley Park
Mostafa Tawfeek Mohammed, M.D.
Albana Mihali, M.D.
Esilida Sula Karecci, M.D.
Jordan Karnyski
Yawara Kawano, M.D., Ph.D.
Samuel Yu
Eman Al Hussain, M.D.
Poojan Patel
Frank Lee
Zhabiz Sohljou, MD
Fumika Sano
Oliver Asaker
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