Our Team:


Darrell Kotton, MD

David C. Seldin Professor of Medicine

Director, Center for Regenerative Medicine

Principal Investigator (PI)

View CV 2022

short biography: about the PI

Konstantinos Alysandratos, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

kalysa at bu.edu


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

Payel Basak, M.B.B.S.

Research Fellow

Education: College of Medicine & JNM Hospital. West Bengal, India

payelb at bu.edu

Jill Patel

Laboratory Technician

Education: University of Rhode Island, B.S. Biological Sciences

pateljr 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.

aholtz at bu.edu

Michael Herriges, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Education: PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests: Regulation of lung progenitor fates during development and after lung epithelial injuries.

herriges 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 cells.

hjess 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

Aaron Dobie, MD 

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Education: MD, Ben Gurion University

BA, University of California, Berkeley

Research Interest: Axolotl lung regeneration

acdobie at bu.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: Developing cell therapies for chronic allograft dysfunction

kchenh at bu.edu 

Lauren Ayers
PhD student, Program in Biomedical Sciences

Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology – B.S. in Nuclear Science and Engineering

Research Interests: In progress

ljayers at bu.edu 


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