Our Team:


Darrell Darrell Kotton, MD

David C. Seldin Professor of Medicine

Director, Center for Regenerative Medicine

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Konstantinos Alysandratos, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicinekalysa at bu.edu
jean Jyh-Chang Jean, PhD
Research Assistant Professor of Medicine


Laboratory Staff

Leighann Sullivan, Ph.D.
Laboratory Manager


Cornell University, B.S. in Biology

Rice University, Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology

ls36 at bu.edu

Kasey Minakin

Laboratory Technician

Education: Syracuse University, B.S. in Biochemistry

kminakin at bu.edu

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Alexander M. Holtz, M.D., Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow


M.D., University of Michigan

Ph.D., University of Michigan​

Research interests: Generating hiPSC-derived lung-specific

endothelial cells for disease modeling and cell-based therapies.

alexander.holtz at childrens.harvard.edu

Michael Herriges, PhD
Post-Doctoral FellowEducation: PhD, University of Pennsylania
Research Interests:
 Regulation of lung progenitor fates during development and after lung epithelial injuriesherriges at bu.edu
Jessie Huang, PhD
Post-Doctoral Associate
Education: PhD, Johns Hopkins University
BSE, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests: Signaling mechanisms regulating self-renewal and differentiation of alveolar type II cellshjess at bu.edu
Andrea Alber, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Education: PhD, Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Research Interests: In vitro differentiation of iPSCs towards the lung mesenchymal lineage to study lung mesenchyme development and disease

aalber at bu.edu

Hirofumi Kiyokawa, MD, PhD

Post-Doctoral Associate

Education: MD, Faculty of Medicine, Kyoto University, Japan

PhD, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, Japan

Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms regulating cellular identity, plasticity and carcinogenesis of airway basal stem cells

hirofumi at bu.edu

P.J. Schnorr, MD

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Education: MD, University of Massachusetts Medical School

BA in Philosophy and Economics, Boston College

Research Interests: Macrophages role in lung injury and repair

pschnorr at bu.edu

Aaron Dobie, MD 

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Education: MD, Ben Gurion University

BA, University of California, Berkeley

Research Interest: Axolotl lung regeneration

acdobie at bu dot edu


Graduate Students

Claire Burgess
PhD Student, Program in Biomedical Sciences
Education: The University of the South – BS in Biology and Mathematics
Research Interests: Understanding the Mechanisms that regulate alveolar epithelial type I cell differentiation using pluripotent stem cells
claireb at bu.edu
Martin Ma
MD/PhD student, Program in Molecular and Translational Medicine
Education: Tufts University, B.S. in Biochemistry
Research Interests: Engraftment of lung stem cells in injury and disease models
liangma at bu.edu
Bibek Thapa

PhD student, Program in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology & Biochemistry

Education: Colby-Sawyer College, B.A. in Biology

Research Interests: Mechanisms regulating compensatory lung regrowth in murine models following injury

brt at bu.edu

Erin Hennessey

PhD student, Program in Biomedical Sciences

Education: College of William & Mary – BS in Biology and Chemistry
Research interests: Pathogenesis of and treatments for ABCA3-associated childhood interstitial lung disease (chILD)
erinhenn at bu.edu
Kevin H Chen

MD/PhD Student, Program in Molecular and Translational Medicine 

Education: Columbia University – BA in Biochemistry

Research Interests: In progress

kchenh at bu.edu 


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