Hasan Lab Alumni


Lab Member

Current Position


Chathuna Sri Anjuna Bodahandi 

(PhD Candidate)

The Graduate Center, The City University of NY, New York NY



Shakir Khan, PhD 

(Research Fellow)

Celli Lab, Department of Physics, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA


Jimena Nicolas Morala  


(PhD Candidate)

Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain


Demi Wekking

 (Masters Candidate)

 The University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

2020- 2023

Caroline Coradi Tonon, PhD DDS

(Senior Scientist)
Caroline is a American Dental Association Research Institute, Chicago, IL


2019- 2022

Pushpamali De Silva, PhD
(Research Fellow)
Pushpamali is a molecular immunologist and she obtained her PhD from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium. Her research in the Hasan group mainly focused on evaluating the antitumor immune response to pancreatic cancer treated with photodynamic therapy. Now she is a research fellow in DFCI, Boston.
2019-2021 Zhaohui Sunny Zhou, PhD


Professor Zhaohui Zhou (pronounced like Joe), a.k.a. Sunny, received his B.S. in chemistry from Peking University, Ph.D. in bioorganic chemistry from The Scripps Research Institute under Professor Donald Hilvert (now at ETH), and did postdoctoral research in enzymology and biochemistry with Professor Rowena G. Matthews at the University of Michigan. He is an editor of the journals mAbs and Therapeutic Antibodies. Sunny’s laboratory at Northeastern University works on proteins chemistry, analysis and engineering. One program is the development of light-activated protein-based biologics via bioconjugation of proteins

2018-2021 Shoaib Ashraf, DVM, PhD Shoaib is a biologist (with specialties in Parasitology & Microbiology). He was 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. Currently he works at McGill University as Assistant Professor.

Jose Quilez Alburquerque, MS

(Postdoctoral Researcher)

Jose’s previous research in the Hasan lab focused on evaluating the efficacy of ruthenium(II) complexes in cancer cells and microbes. After earning his PhD from the Complutense University of Madrid, he has returned to the Hasan Lab as a Research Fellow


Akilan Palanisami, PhD


Aki’s research is on tumor-targeted, activatable photoimmunotherapy for selective destruction of cancer micrometastasis. He was educated at the University of Illinois (PhD) and Cornell University (M.E and BE in physics). Akilan is currently a regional advisor on antibiotic resistance for a consortium of Southeast Asian countries and prior to this spent several years as a translational research scientist at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital as a Harvard Medical School fellow. 
2019-2020 Hanna Camille Thomsen, PhD

Hanna now works as a 3D Imagist Specialist at ZEISS Microscopy in Seattle Washington. Hanna received her PHD from the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Gothenburg, studying biophotonics

2018-2020 Joseph WR Swain, BS

(Chemistry – PhD program)
After working for 2 years as a Research Technician at the Hasan Lab, Joseph is now a PhD student in Chemistry at Rice University, at Houston, Texas focused on peptide and supramolecular chemistry.


Xiaodong Ding, MD PhD


2013-2019 Girgis Obaid, PhD

Assistant Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas

Girgis has over 10 years of experience in tumor targeted nanotechnology. His expertise is in molecular targeted photodynamic-based therapy with the goal of improving tumor delivery, reducing toxicity and maximizing therapeutic benefits. In addition, Dr. Obaid has focused on molecular targeted probes and nanotracers for the quantitative imaging of tumor biomolecules to guide nanoconstruct engineering, treatment design and image guided surgery. His research  focuses on using photonically-activatable nanoconstructs as a means for regulating drug delivery, treatment regimen design, and spatio-temporal induction of cancer therapy.

2019 Qura Tul Ain

(PhD Candidate)
The Islamia University, Pakistan


2019 Susan Callaghan, PhD

MSAT Senior Specialist at Alexion, Dublin Ireland. After graduating from Trinity College Dublin in 2016 with an Honours degree in Chemistry and in 2020 with a PhD in Organic Chemistry, Susan worked as a visiting researcher at Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Her work at the Hasan Lab included performing invitro and in vivo experiments and biological assays using photodynamic tools. In her current role, she develops process unit operations including chromatography and TFF.

2019 Shalin Shetty
As a Research Technician at the Hasan Lab, he worked on synthesizing nano-liposomal constructs with the aim of enhancing drug delivery of photosensitizers to components of the pancreatic cancer tumor microenvironment. He is now a Senior Clinical Study Administrator at Alexion Pharmaceuticals.
2018-2019 Marvin Xavierselvan

After working as a Research Technician at the Hasan Lab, Marvin is now a PhD Candidate at Tufts University.

2015-2019 Amjad Pervez Khan, PhD (Research Scientist)




Michael Pigula


(PhD Candidate)
After attending Boston College for his BS degree, Michael worked at the Hasan Lab as a Research Technician. Now a part of the Schultz Lab at Scripps Research, he is pursuing his PhD

2018-2019 Rei Haraoka, MD (Department of Neurosurgery)
Tokyo Medical University


Tufts University. A frequent collaborator with the Hasan Lab, Valli is now an Assistant professor at Tufts and runs her own lab there (the integrated Biofunctional and Therapeutics Laboratory or iBIT). Her research focuses on utilizing non-invasive acoustic and optical imaging techniques with nanomaterials and biological models to understand the structural, functional, molecular and biomechanical heterogeneity of pathologies such as cancer. She was a Research Fellow and Assistant Professor at the Hasan Lab.


Shubhankar Nath, DVM, PhD

Shubhankar is a Senior Scientist at Sensei Bio. His specialties are D Organoids and Characterization • CDX and PDX Tumor Models • PDX Organoid Model for Drug-screening • FACS • RNAi-lentivirus • MSD • High-content imaging • Cell Painting • 3D Image Analysis & Rendering • CRISPR

2000-2018 Imran Rizvi, PhD

(Assistant Professor)
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


Jerrin Kuriakose, PhD

Scientist, Patent Agent, Consultant


2016-2018 Baldeep Gandhi, Program Manager

Now studying in Northeastern University Boston, MA

2012-2018 Huang-Chiao (Joe) Huang, PhD

(Assistant Professor)
University of Maryland

Huang Chiao Huang is an Assistant Professor in the Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland. He is also the Newsletter Editor for International Photodynamic Association and American Society for Photobiology. Dr. Huang attended graduate school at the Arizona State University and completed his Ph.D. training in Chemical Engineering with Professor Kaushal Rege in 2012. He then joined the Wellman Center for Photomedicine (MGH/Harvard Medical School, Boston) as a Postdoctoral Fellow to begin photodynamic therapy (PDT) research with Professor Tayyaba Hasan. In January 2018, Huang Chiao established his lab at the University of Maryland. His research focuses on the development and clinical translation of photochemistry-based platform technology for treatment and diagnosis of disease, optical sensing, and tissue engineering. Huang Chiao’s research efforts have been recognized by several awards such as the Tosteson & Fund for Medical Discovery Fellowship and the NIH Pathway to Independence Award.

Currently Joe is also collaborating with the Hasan Lab as well.


Yan Baglo, PhD

(Postdoctoral Researcher) 

Yan Baglo received her Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU, Trondheim) in 2014. Her Ph.D. research focused on photodynamic therapy and photochemical internalization in bladder cancer and was supported by Central Norway Regional Health Authority since 2011. In 2015, Dr. Baglo further secured a two-year Postdoc Research Fellowship from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at NTNU and joined Professor Tayyaba Hasan’s laboratory as a research fellow at Wellman Center for Photomedicine (MGH/Harvard Medical School, Boston).  Her research involved in imaging-based combination strategies for optimal photodynamic therapy in cancers, and nanotechnology-enabled photosensitizer delivery. Dr. Baglo continued her postdoctoral training at Wellman under mentorship of Assistant Professor Tianhong Dai, conducting antimicrobial blue light research, prior to joining UMD in 2018.


Mans Broekgaarden, PhD

(ERC Starting Grant project leader)

at INSERM, Grenoble, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

Mans is Passionate about using my experience in molecular cell biology, experimental oncology, and biophotonics to contribute to the bench-to-bedside translation of novel nanoscale therapeutics for patients with difficult-to-treat cancers.


Ahmed Alkhateeb, PhD

Director, Oncology External Innovation at Sanofi, MA

2014-2016 Daniela Vecchio, PhD (Clinical Research Scientist)
Boston Biomedical
2014-2017 Anne-Laure Bulin, PhD (FRM Research Fellow)
2014-2016 Joyce Liu (MD-PhD Candidate)
University of Pennsylvania, PA
2014 Jia Chen, MD, PhD,

(Attending Physician)
Shanghai Skin Disease Hospital, China

2014 Nan Xu, MD, PhD (Associate Professor/Administrative Director of Dermatology)
Shanghai East Hospital, Tongji University Shanghai, China
2013-2014 Heather Gudejko, PhD (Product Scientist II)
Cell Signaling Technologies

Rehab Amin, PhD

(Assistant Professor)
National Institute of Laser Enhanced Science (NILES) Cairo University, Egypt

Rehab Amin is the Co-Founder of Nano Gate, a Cairo-based nanotechnology startup company. She is a Professor of nanobiophotonics at Egypt’s National Institute of Laser Enhanced Sciences (NILES) at Cairo University, where her academic interests include nanotechnology, microbiology, biotechnology, and biosafety and biosecurity. She earned a Ph.D. from NILES in biomedical applications of laser technology and was a Fulbright visiting scholar at Harvard University. Dr. Amin is an advisor for PandemicTech (Austin, Texas, USA), a virtual technology incubator that supports innovators and innovations confronting pandemic infectious disease threats.


Kohei Watanabe, PhD

(Senior Scientist)
Canon U.S.A., Inc. & Wellman Center for Photomedicine.

Chun-Te (Patrick) Chiang, PhD

(Research Scientist)
Center for Applied Molecular Medicine, University of Southern California, CA

Sultan Sibel Erdem, PhD

(Assistant Professor)
Isantbul Medipol University, International School of Medicine, Turkey
2012-2013 Ashwini Ghogare, M.Sc (Senior Chemist)
Cambridge Isotope Laboratories, Inc., Andover

Ruth Goldschmidt, PhD


(Research Scientist)
The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel

Toshihiro Kushibiki, PhD


(Associate Professor)
National Defense Medical College, Japan
2011 Wael Al-Daraji, MD, PhD (Consulting Dermatologist)
Al-Seef Hospital, Kuwait
2011-2014 Shazia Khan, PhD (Scientific Editor/Scientist)
2011-2013 Lawrence B. Mensah, D.Phil (PhD) (Postdoctoral Research Associate)
Department of Chemical Engineering, The Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, MIT
2011-2013 Lei Z. Zheng, PhD (Director Business Development)
Fortress Biotech
2011-2013 Sriram Anbil, BS (Medical Student)
University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio, TX
2011-2012 R. Bryan Sears, PhD (Assistant Professor of Chemistry)
Emmanuel College Boston, MA
2011-2012 Stanley Kimani, PhD (Field Application Scientist)
2010-2013 Shifalika Tangutoori, PhD (Postdoctoral Research Associate)
Northeastern University Boston, MA
2010-2012 Iqbal Massodi, PhD (Pharmacy Managert)
Rite-Aid,Williamsburg, VA
2009-2011 Stefan Elrington (Consultant)
The Boston Consulting Group
2009-2011 Youssef Mir, PhD (Research Fellow)
Centre de biochimie Structurale CNRS UMR 5048 – UM 1 – INSERM UMR 1054 Montpellier Cedex – France
2008-2011 Adnan Abu Yousif, PhD (Cancer Pharamcology Scientist)
Takeda Oncology, Cambridge, MA
2008-2010 Prakash R. Rai, PhD (Assistant Professor)
University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA
2008-2010 Toshihiro Kushibiki, PhD (Associate Professor)
National Defense Medical College, Osaka University, Japan
2008-2010 Ramtin Rahmanzadeh, PhD (Research Group Leader)
University of Lübeck, Germany
2008-2009 Conor Evans, PhD (Assistant Professor)
Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
2008-2009 Yupeng Tu Biotech Healthcare
2007-2012 Jonathan Celli, PhD
(Assistant Professor)
University of Massachusetts Boston, MA
Currently, Jonathan continues his collaborations with the Hasan Lab studying PDT therapy solutions for oral cancer. http://www.quantum.umb.edu/Celli/
2007-2011 Xiang Zheng, PhD (Senior Staff Scientist)
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Pearl River, NY
2007-2011 Ulysses Sallum, PhD (Licensing Manager)
Partners Healthcare Boston, MA
2007-2009 Daniel Neuman, PhD (Licensing Manager II, Innovation)
Partners, Healthcare, Boston, MA
2006-2013 Sarika Verma, PhD (Clinical Manager)
Healthcare Optics Research Laboratory, Canon, Boston, MA
2006-2009 Humra Athar, PhD (Senior Research Scientist)
Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
2006-2008 Arshi Malik, PhD (Assistant Professor)
College of Medicine, King Khalid University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
2006-07 Gregory Watt, PhD (Research Fellow)
Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital,
Boston, MA
2005-2007 Wei Zhong, PhD (Research Navigator)
Harvard Catalyst, The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
2005-2007 Thomas Stepinac, PhD  (Research Fellow)
Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
2004-2009 Oleg E. Akilov, MD, PhD (Assistant Professor)
Department of Dermatology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
2004-2008 Sung K. Chang, PhD (Principal Systems Engineer)
Amgen, Thousand Oaks, CA
2004-06 Kathleen O’Riordan, PhD (Biotechnology Professional)
PARAXEL Technology
2004-05 Amor Khachemoune, MD, CWS (Dermatologist, Clinical Instructor)
SUNY Downstate Medical Center Brooklyn, NY
2004 Brett Johnson, PhD (Research Scientist)
Novartis, Cambridge, MA
2003-2004 Juan Benavides, MS (Research Engineer)
2003-06 Sachiko Kosaka, MD, PhD (Senior Assistant Professor)
Nippon Medical School Tokyo, Japan
2003-05 Ralph Peteranderl, PhD (Research Fellow)
Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
2002-07 Nicolas Solban, PhD (Associate Principal Scientist)
2002-02 Mabubur Bhuiyan, MBBS, Ph.D. (Research Fellow)
Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
2001-03 Edward Maytin, MD, PhD
(Assistant Professor, Assistant Staff, practicing Dermatologist)
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Currently, Ed continues to work with the Hasan Lab on joint grants studying PDT. https://www.lerner.ccf.org/bme/maytin/
2001-03 Pål Selbo, PhD (Scientist)
Institute for Cancer Research, The Norwegian Radium Hospital, Oslo, Norway
2001-03 Marietta Ambrose, MD (Research Fellow)
Tufts University Medical School / New England Medical Center, Boston, MA
2001-03 Lisa Goel, MS (Company Founder)
Nanobiosym, Inc., Medford, MA
2000-03 Tri A. Dinh, M.D. (Physician)
Gynecologic Oncology, The Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX
2000-02 David Sharlin, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor)
Department of Biological Sciences at Minnesota State University, Mankato
2000- Alok Sinha, MD (Resident Physician)
Dept. of Family Medicine, Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
1999-03 Ursula Schmidt-Erfurth, M.D. (Professor and Chair)
Medical University of Vienna, Department of Ophthalmology, Vienna, Austria
1999-02 Marcela del Carmen, M.D., MPH (Clinical Director)
Gillette Center for Gynecologic Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
1999-01 Anne Moor, Ph.D. (Industry)
The Netherlands (exact location unknown)
1999-00 Boleslav Kosharskyy, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor)
Dept of Anesthesiology, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
1998-99 Máire Doyle, Ph.D. (Research Associate)
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
1998-99 Hans Guenther Loew, M.Sc. (Graduate Student)
University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
1998-99 Laurence Booth, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral Fellow)
UK (current location unknown)
1998-99 Krishnan Rajagopalan, Ph.D. (Managing Partner-Industry)
Tysons Corner, McLean, VA
1998-99 Claudia Alge, M.D. (Resident)
Dept of Opthalmology, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany
1998-00 Mark Savellano (Manager)
Fluroescent Imaging Laboratory, Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Lebanon, NH
1997-98 Akira Ito, M.D., Ph.D. (Staff)
Department of Dermatology, Kobe University School of Medicine, Kobe, Japan
1997 Michael Lein, M.D. (Professor Doctor)
Dept. of Urology, University Hospital Charitè, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
1997 Nedret Altiok, M.D. (Associate Professor)
Pharmacology & Institute of Medical Sciences, Istanbul Science University, Istanbul, Turkey
1995-98 Nikos Soukos, D.D.S. (Founder and Director)
Applied Molecular Photomedicine Laboratory, Forsyth Institute, Boston, MA
1995-97 JoAnn Buczek-Thomas, Ph.D. (Instructor)
Dept. of Biochemistry, Boston University School of Med, Boston, MA
1995-97 Kenneth
Trauner, M.D.
Kaiser Oakland Dept. of Orthopedic Surgery, Oakland, CA
1995-96 Brian Pogue, PhD
Professor of Engineering Dartmouth Dean of Graduate Studies Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, Hanover, NH
Brian continues to collaborate with the Hasan Lab studying Optics in medicine and PDT. https://engineering.dartmouth.edu/community/faculty/brian-pogue
1995-96 Linda Duska, M.D. (Assistant Professor)
Dept. of Gynecologic Oncology, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
1995-96 Martijn van Duijn (Ph.D. Program)
Dept. of Medical Biochemistry, State University Leiden, Leiden, Netherlands
1994-96 Bernhard Ortel, M.D. (Associate Professor of Medicine)
University of Chicago Medical Center Chicago, IL
1994-96 Kelly Molpus, M.D. (Associate Professor and Chief)
Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
1994-96 Tetsuo Momma, M.D. (Staff)
The 2nd National Hospital, Tokyo, Japan
1994-95 Marco Del Governatore, M.D. (Staff)
Dept. of Surgery, University Hospital, Bologna, Italy
1994-95 Giampaolo Ugolini, M.D. (Staff)
Dept. of Surgery, University Hospital, Bologna, Italy
1993-95 Elisabeth Jeremiasse (Industrial Scientist)
The Netherlands
1993-94 Beatrice Aveline, Ph.D. (Instructor)
Wellman Laboratories of Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
1993-94 Benedicte van den Bergh, (Ph.D. Candidate)
Dept. of Medicinal Photochemistry, Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands
1993-94 George Wagnieres, Ph.D. (Associate Professor)
LPAS, Batiment di Chemie, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
1992-94 Daniel Kato, M.D. (Assistant Professor)
University of California San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco, CA
1992 Fernando E. Kaffe, M.D., F.A.C.S. Sacred Heart Hospital and Baptist Hospital, Peripheral Vascular and Endovascular Care, Pensacola, Florida
1991-94 Seiichi Iinuma, M.D. (Staff)
Saiseikai Chuoh Hospital, Dept. of Urology, Tokyo, Japan
1991-93 Chandra Sekar, M.D. (Resident)
Boston University Medical School, Boston, MA
1991-92 Amitava Chatterjee, Ph.D. (Head)
Dept. of Biochemistry, Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute, Calcutta, India
1991-92 Ulrich Hermanto, M.D. Ph.D. New York University, New York, NY
1991-92 Dani Vooijs (Research Scientist)
Industry, The Netherlands
1990-92 Barbara Goff, M.D. (Professor)
Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA
1989-92 W. Gregory Roberts, Ph.D. (Research Scientist)
University of California San Diego Cancer Center, San Diego, CA
1989-92 Paolo Ortu, M.D. (Staff)
Dept. of Vascular Surgery, General Hospital, Sardinia
1989-91 Rüdiger Bachor, M.D. (Assistant Professor)
Dept. of Urology, Urologische Universitätsklinik Ulm, Ulm, Germany
1989-91 Manfred Scholz, Ph.D. (Senior Scientist)
Bioconsulting Lafaire & Partner, Cambridge, MA
1988-90 Katsumi Hanada, M.D. (Professor and Chairman)
Dept. of Dermatology, Hirosaki University School of Medicine, Hirosaki, Japan
1987-94 Anthony Cincotta, Ph.D. (President and CEO)
Gematria Sciences, LLC., Tiverton, RI
1987 Aliki Tserkezoglou, M.D., Ph.D. (Faculty)
Dept. of Gynecology, Athens Hospital, Athens, Greece
1986-89 Christopher Shea, M.D. (Associate Professor and Chief of Dermatopathology)
Dept. of Pathology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
1986-89 Kenneth Linden, Ph.D., M.D. Dermatology/Dermatologic Oncology, UCI Medical Center, Irvine, CA
1986-88 Mark Latina, M.D. (Associate Clinical Professor)
Tufts-New England Medical Center, Mass Eye & Ear, and MGH, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
1984-86 Annette Thomas, Ph.D. (Editor)
Nature, London, United Kingdom
1982-84 Dorina Abdulah, M.D. (Staff)
Dept. of Geriatrics, Spaulding Rehabilitation Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
We are very proud of our over 250 former lab members who are changing the way the world sees and uses photodynamic therapy