Graduate Students

Nicole  Almanzar

Nicole Almanzar

Ph.D. Student - Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
B.S. in Biomedical Computation - Stanford University

Nicole is originally from Port Jefferson Station, a town in Long Island, New York. As an undergraduate at Stanford University, she majored in biomedical computation, worked for a community-based health equity initiative, and was a research assistant for a school-readiness project.After graduating, Nicole joined Dr. Christin Kuo’s lab at Stanford where she studied the development and diversity of pulmonary neuroendocrine cells and characterized a population of glial cells in the lung.... Read more about Nicole Almanzar


Ozge Erdogan

DMSc Student, Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Yeditepe University Dental School, Turkey

Ozge graduated from Yeditepe University Dental School, Turkey and completed endodontic (root canals!) residency training at Hacettepe University, Turkey. During residency, she treated patients with excruciating toothache on a daily basis. This experience motivated her for pain research. She worked as a full-time instructor at NYU College of Dentistry, and was involved in clinical pain studies. In hopes of better understanding the underlying mechanisms of dental pain and its relationship with dental infection, she decided... Read more about Ozge Erdogan

Geurim  Junie Kim

Geurim Junie Kim

Masters Student- Harvard Medical School
B.S. in Biology - Stanford University, CA

Junie was born in South Korea and grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. She trained as a competitive concert violinist before attending Stanford University, where she received her B.S. in Biology and minor studies in classical music violin performance. She was an undergraduate research student in the Oro lab at Stanford School of Medicine department of dermatology, studying the regulation and function of oncogenic atypical Protein Kinase C in the hedgehog pathway for basal cell carcinoma therapy with mentor Dr. Scott Atwood.... Read more about Geurim Junie Kim


Dylan Neel

M.D. Ph.D. Student, Harvard/MIT
M.Phil in Pharmacology - University of Cambridge and A.B. in Neurobiology - Harvard College

Dylan grew up in Providence, Rhode Island. He completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard College (A.B. neurobiology) and subsequently earned an M.Phil in pharmacology from the University of Cambridge. As an undergraduate, he worked in Dr. Angela Koehler’s lab to use chemical-biology approaches to target transcription factors in human cancers. Dylan is currently a student in the Harvard MD-PhD program (BBS), and hopes to graduate sometime in the next several decades. He is interested in studying how neuro-immune interactions can modulate pain responses and contribute to processes like neuropathy and neurodegeneration. ... Read more about Dylan Neel


Xiaowen Xu

Masters Student- Harvard Medical School
B.S. in cell and molecular biology -Chinese university of Hong Kong

Xiaowen grew up in Jingzhou city, Hubei province in China. She then finished her BSc in cell and molecular biology at Chinese university of Hong Kong.She became interested in neuroinflammation during her undergraduate study, and become determined to stay in academia in the future. Xiaowen feel excited to learn from the talented individuals here in the Chiu lab everyday. Outside of the lab, she enjoying jogging and reading very much.... Read more about Xiaowen Xu