Research Assistants

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Matthew Bergstresser

Research Assistant
B.S. in Clinical Neuroscience – Virginia Tech

Matthew is a Charlottesville, Virginia native who received his bachelor’s degree in Clinical Neuroscience at Virginia Tech. As an undergraduate he worked in the Sontheimer lab, mentored by Dr. Tré Mills, studying astrocytes and their contributions towards the blood brain barrier. During his time between leaving Blacksburg and moving up to Boston, he completed an epic thru-hike of the 2,193 mile-long Appalachian Trail. In the Chiu lab, Matthew is interested in studying how neuro-immune interactions contribute towards neurodegeneration diseases such as ALS. Outside of the lab, he enjoys exploring the... Read more about Matthew Bergstresser

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Samantha Choi

Lab Manager/ Research Assistant
B.S. in Molecular and Medical Biology - MCPHS University


Samantha was born in Ohio and lived in South Korea and Massachusetts. She received her B.S. degree in Molecular and Medical Biology at MCPHS University. She was an undergraduate research student in the Chiu lab working with Kimbria Blake. Samantha worked to determine the mechanisms of itch during a Staphylococcus aureus epicutaneous skin infection on mouse model. As a research assistant, she will be working to determine if Botox can treat a variety of bacterial skin infections. ... Read more about Samantha Choi

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Tori Tong

Research Assistant
A.B. in Neurobiology, Music Secondary - Harvard College

Tori was born in Sydney, Australia.  She moved to Boston in 2016 for college and completed her A.B. in neurobiology (secondary in music) at Harvard College.  As an undergraduate, she worked in the lab of Dr. Hopi Hoekstra, mentored by (now) Dr. Felix Baier, and studied the evolution of visually guided defensive behaviours in ecologically diverged species of Peromyscus mice.... Read more about Tori Tong