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Principal Investigator

Francisco J. Quintana, Ph.D.

Francisco J. Quintana, Ph.D. is a Professor of Neurology at the Center for Neurologic Diseases, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and an Associate Member at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT.

Dr. Quintana, a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires (1999, Argentina), obtained his Ph.D. in immunology at the Weizmann Institute of Science (2004, Israel).  He received postdoctoral training at the Weizmann Institute of Science and at Harvard Medical School.  In 2010, Dr. Quintana joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Quintana’s research investigates signaling pathways that control the immune response and neurodegeneration, with the ultimate goal of identifying novel therapeutic targets and biomarkers for immune-mediated disorders.  Dr. Quintana has published over 230 peer reviewed articles and book chapters. In addition, Dr. Quintana’s research has resulted in multiple patents which have been the foundation of four companies: ImmunArray Ltd, Alma Bio Therapeutics, AnTolRx Inc, and Violet Therapeutics. Dr. Quintana is the Director of the course Autoimmunity at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Quintana has been the recipient of the Lady Anne Chain Prize for Academic Excellence and Scientific Achievements, the Junior Investigator Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Pathway to Independence Award of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the Award for Outstanding Research Achievements form Nature Biotechnology and the Tecan Award for Innovation, the Harry Weaver Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Young Mentor Award from Harvard Medical School, the Milestones in MS research from the National MS Society, the AAI-BD Bioscience Investigator Award, the Barancik Prize for Innovation in MS Research from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Raices Award from the Republic of Argentina. He has been listed as one the Most Highly Cited researchers by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) every year since 2019, and has been the Indirawati Kuchroo and Charlotte Weiner Distinguished Professor of Neuroimmunology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School since 2021.


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Brian M. Andersen, M.D., Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Jessica Kenison-White, Ph.D.

Jessica Kenison-White, Ph.D.

Hong-Gyun Lee

Hong-Gyun Lee, Ph.D.


Tomer Illouz, Ph.D.


Carolina Manganeli Polonio, Ph.D.

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Joon-Hyuk Lee, Ph.D.


Michael Kilian, Ph.D.


Jessica Ye, M.D., Ph.D.

Ph.D. Candidates


Camilo Faust Akl

Joseph Rone

Joseph Rone

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Gavin Piester

Technical Research Assistant

Bioinformatics Specialist

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Lena Srun


Zhaorong Li, M.S.

Senior Administrative Associate

Financial Manager

Janelle Weathers

Janelle Weathers, M.M.


Matt Varley, CRA

2021 – 2024 Lena Srun / PhD Student

2023 Lillie Godinez / Research Assistant at Wellesley College, Goldwater Scholar

2023 Arianna Ghia / Medical Student at Collegio Ghislieri

2022 – 2023 Nikolas Stevens / Medical Student at Universität Heidelberg

2022 – 2023 Lucas Evaristo Ferreira Flausino / Medical student at Faculdade de Medicina da USP

2021 – 2022 Lucinda Li / Clinical Research Coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital

2021 – 2022 Kylynne Ferrara, M.D. / Resident at Toulouse University Hospital

2022 Dulce Aleman / Student at Wellesley College

2022 Pere Duart- Abadia / PhD Candidate at Universitat de València

2021 Claudia M. Rejano Gordillo, Ph.D. / Postdoctoral Researcher at CIC bioGUNE

2020 Jessica Pereira, M.S.

2020 Joao Vitor Mahler Ferreira Oliveira / Medical Student at University of Sao Paulo

2020 Pedro Henrique Fonseca de Castro, M.D. / MD Graduate at the University of Sao Paulo

2020 – 2021 Augustin Plasencia / Associate Scientist at Seismic Therapeutic

2019 – 2022 Federico Giovannoni, Ph.D. / Scientist II at Vir Biotechnology

2019 – 2020 Mathias Linnerbauer, M.Sc. / Ph.D. Candidate at FAU Erlangen

2019 – 2020 Gabriel Lipof, M.S. / Automation Engineer at Dyno Therapeutics

2018 – 2022 Liliana Sanmarco, Ph.D. / Scientist at Seismic Therapeutics

2018 Lydia Guo / Medical student at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

2017 – 2021 Cristina Gutierrez-Vazquez, Ph.D / Senior Scientist at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

2017 – 2021 Iain Clark, Ph.D. / Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at UC Berkeley

2016 – 2022 Michael A. Wheeler / Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School

2014 – 2017 Veit Rothhammer / Professor of Neuroimmunology at the University Hospital of FAU Erlangen-Nuernberg

2014 – 2015 Merja Jaronen, Ph.D. / Medical Manager at Neck Group

2014 – 2015 Mauricio F. Farez, M.D. / CEO & Founder of Entelai

2013 – 2014 Lukas Bunse, M.D., Ph.D. / Team Lead at University Hospital Mannheim, University Heidelberg and DKFZ Research Center

2013 – 2014 Swasti Birth, M.Sc.

2013 Leslie Cuellar-Vite, Ph.D. / Cancer Researcher at Case Western Reserve

2013 Georges Guillaume, M.S.

2013 Megan Rodgers, M.Sc.

2012 2015 Ivan Mascanfroni, Ph.D. / Senior Director at Seismic Therapeutics

2012 – 2013 Chun Chei Chao, Ph.D. / Senior Immunology Scientist at Synlogic

2012 Miri Gordin, M.S. / Scientific Research Coordinator at Israel Health Intelligence Agency

2012 Nadya Ali, M.S. / Medical Science Liaison at AstraZeneca

2011 2016 Ada Yeste, M.S. / Medical Science Liaison at Eli Lily

2011 – 2012 Ruxandra Covacu, Ph.D. / Assistant Professor at Karolinska Institutet

2010 – 2016 Lior Mayo, Ph.D. / Assistant Professor of Autoimmunity and Neuroimmunology at Tel Aviv University

2009 – 2011 Roya Rahbari, Ph.D.

2009 – 2011 Silvio M. Viera, Ph.D. / Advanced Economic Analyst, Citizens Bank

2009 Andrezza Santiago, Ph.D. / Professor at Universidade Federal de Lavras

2007 – 2010 Roopali Gandhi, Ph.D. / Global Medical Director at Sanofi Genzyme

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