People

Olivia Corradin

Olivia joined Whitehead Institute as a Fellow in July 2016. The Whitehead Fellows program is designed to offer young investigators the opportunity to commence their own independent research program shortly after completing graduate work. Olivia graduated with a B.S. in biochemistry from Marquette University where she worked with Dr. Edward Blumenthal. In 2011 Olivia joined the lab of Dr. Peter Scacheri at Case Western Reserve University. Her thesis work, focused on the study of genetic and epigenetic dysregulation of gene expression in human disease. This included studies of epigenetic variation in colon cancer and early development, developing a computational tool, PreSTIGE, to predict gene targets of regulatory elements and the “multiple enhancer variant” hypothesis, which demonstrated that clinical risk is often mediated by several DNA variants in linkage disequilibrium that combine to impact enhancer function. This work earned her the “Doctor Excellence Award in Genetics” from Case Western Reserve University in 2015. Olivia was recently awarded the Avenir award, part of the NIH Director’s Pioneer Awards, to continue her studies of substance abuse disorders. Outside of the lab, Olivia is most likely to be found at a local dance studio continuing her love of ballet and contemporary dance.

Anna Barbeau

Anna joined the Corradin Lab during the summer of 2017 through MIT’s Summer Research Program (MSRP). After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from UMass Lowell in 2018, she returned to work full-time as a technician. Anna is interested in understanding the complex biology of the immune system and how its dysfunction can manifest as disease. Her current project involves understanding how non-coding SNPs within transcription factor enhancers and binding sites contribute to disease pathology. In her spare time, she enjoys running and eating pasta.

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Kate Hazel

Following her undergraduate degree in Biology, Kate pursued a Master’s degree in Neuroscience with a strong interest in psychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases. Kate joined the Corradin lab as a technician in Fall 2017. She enjoys trying out new techniques and approaches to answer the lab’s continuous search as to how and why things go wrong in the brain. Her interests outside of work include reading, baking, and traveling.

William Phu

William is an undergraduate at MIT studying computer science and biology. He is interested in utilizing computational methods to shorten the gap between biological research and applications in healthcare. In lab, William is working on developing a flexible, streamlined pipeline for predicting enhancer-gene interactions. Outside of lab, he likes to cook, garden, play tennis, and catch moths barehanded.

Yanwei Song

Yanwei joined the Corradin lab as a bioinformatics technician in 2019. After her undergraduate degree in Biotechnology, she pursed a Master's degree in Bioinformatics from Northeastern University with strong interest in applying computational techniques to learn more about human genetics and diseases. In 2018 she joined the lab of Dr. Saxena at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Her work focused on finding genetic variants that contribute to differenes in sleep behavior. Yanwei is currently working on understanding the effects of haplotypes on genetic risk to disease. Yanwei enjoys trying different and new methods to solve the problems and questions she met in work. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and hiking.

Lab Alumni

Bruna Lima

Bruna first joined the lab as an undergraduate during her senior year at University of Massachusetts Boston. After graduating with a major in Computer Science and minor in Biology she started working in the lab as a data analyst. She is interested in applying computational techniques to learn more about human genetics and their relationship with human diseases. She is currently working on finding combinations of non-coding variants which combine to have an extreme effect on gene expression. Her favorite hobby is playing handball and she loves traveling.

Hannah Thel

Hannah is an undergraduate at MIT studying Computer Science and Molecular Biology. She is interested in the impact of the human genome on disease and has been studying the effect of noncoding regions on gene regulation in the lab for the last two years. In her free time, she enjoys rowing, exploring Boston, and reading.

Abena Peasah

Abena is an undergraduate at MIT studying bioengineering. She primarily does wet lab work studying the relationship between human genetics and disease. She enjoys reading and learning different languages. Fun fact, her name means “girl born on Tuesday” in Twi.

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