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Principal Investigator
Instructors
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Jamil R. Azzi, M.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.
Muhsin Saif
Muhsin Saif, M.D.
Visiting Professor
Yousef Haik, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Trainees
Areej Alghamdi
Areej Alghamdi
Zhabiz Solhjou
Zhabiz Solhjou
Hobby: I enjoy listening to podcasts and audiobooks, powerwalking, solving puzzles, exploring different ethnic foods.
Current Project: Exploring the role of CD74 in transplant tolerance and alloimmunity. I am also involved in generating immunoregulatory CAR T cells and exploring their in vivo effects in mice transplant models.
Rania El Fekih
Rania El Fekih
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Anis Saad
Hobby: I enjoy exploring new cultures & cities, experiencing different cuisines & cooking Lebanese dishes. My roommates call me the "King of Kebbe”!
Current Project: Role of Qa1-restricted CD8 regulatory T cells in the control of Tfh-dependent Ab response, contributing to enhanced allograft survival.
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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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Ahmad Halawi
Hobby: I enjoy playing soccer and exploring different music genres.
Current Project: Exploring the early components of allograft rejection using single-cell technology to find novel targets that prevent rejection.
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Hengcheng Zhang
Hobby: I enjoy exploring the unknown.
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.
Mostafa Tawfeek Mohammed
Mostafa Tawfeek Mohammed
Hobby: I like outdoor activities, barbecuing, traveling, exercising, and table tennis.
Current project: I am working on developing novel assays to enhance donor specific antibody detection and HLA typing in the context of solid organ transplantation.
Research Assistant
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Christa Deban
Hobby: In another life, I would've been a chef. I love to cook and explore different cultural cuisines! I hope to open my own cafe one day.
Clinical Coordinator
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Katharine Cashman
Hobby: After working on a farm for 4 years, I have gained a real green thumb and love gardening. I am currently trying to grow a plumeria, native to Hawaii, here in New England!
Students
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Andrea Daccache
Hobby: I enjoy Latin and standard dance and going on long, adventurous hikes!
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Oliver Asaker
Hobby: I like to compete in triathlons in my free time!
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Shreya Rao
Hobby: I enjoy long-distance running!
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Fumika Sano
Hobby: cafe hopping and going on solo trips!
Alumni
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.
Samuel Yu
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, DDS
Albana Mihali, M.D.
Esilida Sula Karecci, M.D.
Jordan Karnyski
Yawara Kawano, M.D., Ph.D.
Eman Al Hussain, M.D.
Poojan Patel
Frank Lee
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