Current Lab Members

Administrative Personnel

 
Administrative Coordinator
Laura is the Administrative Coordinator for Dr. Tayyaba Hasan.  Before her time at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Laura worked in medical devices and public transportation in a variety of managerial positions. 

Mallika Priya, PhD

Program Coordinator 
Mallika Priya is a Ph.D. in Life Sciences with experience in the medical communications and publications space. She joined Dr. Hasan’s team at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital as Program Coordinator. She manages the group and is the point of contact for timely information exchange between the team members, collaborators, applicants, etc. and Dr. Hasan. Overall, she is involved in all the research operations and handles the scientific management of the lab involving grants, proposals, regulatory matters, IRBs, protocols and day to day activities of the lab. 

Current Lab Members

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Zhiming Mai, PhD

Instructor
Zhiming Mai had earned his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Immunology from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Since then, he has been working at Harvard Medical School-Affiliated Hospitals for 20 years and become a cancer biologist. His current research interests focus on the investigation of photodynamic therapy-based combination treatments using preclinical animal models for certain human cancer with aims at the enhancement of the treatment specificity and efficacy.
Research Fellow
Pushpamali is a molecular immunologist and she obtained her PhD from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium. She previously worked on transcriptional regulation of tumour-infiltrating lymphocytes, tertiary lymphoid structures, checkpoint molecule expression in breast cancer and immunosenescence of immune cells in chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Her research in the Hasan group mainly focuses on evaluating the antitumor immune response to pancreatic cancer treated with photodynamic therapy.

Yanfang Feng, PhD

Instructor
Yanfang is a microbiologist with special training in molecular evolution and epidemiology of antibiotic resistance in bacterial pathogens. Her research in Dr.Hasan’s lab mainly focuses on the development of point-of-care diagnosis for antibiotic-resistant pathogens and the use of photodynamic therapy for antibiotic-resistant infections

Shazia Bano, PhD

Research Fellow
Shazia’s research focuses on developing targeted photoactivatable liposomal nanoconstruct to enhance the therapeutic index of cancer drugs and setting up pre-clinical translational nanoplatforms for simultaneous imaging and photodynamic therapy-based combination treatment regimens

Shoaib Ashraf, DVM, PhD

Research Fellow
Shoaib is a biologist (with specialties in Parasitology & Microbiology). He is part of the sub-microbiology group of our lab. HIs research is mainly on exploiting photodynamic therapy to treat and diagnose deadly malaria. He also works on novel platforms to treat and predict antibiotic-resistant pathogens.

Mohammad A. Saad, PhD

Research Fellow
Saad obtained his PhD from the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), India in 2016. With brief post doc stints at CCMB and Cleveland Clinic, Saad joined the Hasan lab at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine in 2018. His major focus in the Hasan lab is the development of targeted constructs for imaging and treatment of oral and pancreatic tumors.”
 

 

Caroline Coradi Tonon, PhD, DDS

Research Fellow 
Caroline’s research experience and interest are focused on Microbiology, on novel photodynamic antimicrobial therapies to control aerobic and anaerobic oral biofilms in vitro and in vivo.  I have DDS, Masters, and Ph.D. degrees from Sao Paulo State University (UNESP) with a period as a Visiting Scholar at Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUPUI). 

Visiting Scientists

Jonathan Celli, PhD

Visiting Scientist
University of Massachusetts Boston
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Bryan Spring, PhD

Visiting Scientist
Bryan’s research in the Hasan group focuses on fluorescence microendoscopy for minimally- invasive monitoring of treatment responses in mouse models of ovarian and pancreatic cancer.

Edward Maytin, MD, PhD

Visiting Scientist
The Cleveland Clinic

Huang Chiao (Joe) Huang, PhD

Visiting Scientist
University of Maryland

Shakir Khan, PhD

Visiting Scientist
University of Massachusetts Boston, Physics Department. 
Shakir’s research focus is on Biomedical Imaging and Biomedical Engineering design of oral cancer photodynamic therapy proprietary devices.