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Brian Brown, PhD

Associate Director, Precision Immunology Institute

Professor, Genetics & Genomic Sciences

Brian is the PI of the lab. He did his doctoral studies in Canada and postdoctoral studies in Italy. He has developed a number of novel technologies, including a platform for controlling gene expression, which has led to improvements in experimental treatments for genetic disease, cancer, and viral infection. His lab is now working to identify the factors that control immunity and tolerance, and translate these findings in to strategies that can be used to turn the immune system against cancer.

Worked ambulance

Wrote science for a fashion mag in Milan

Taking lessons to pronounce ‘out’ the American way


Alessia Baccarini, PhD

Assistant Professor, Genetics and Genomic Sciences

Alessia is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences. She completed her PhD in Biotechnology from the University " La Sapienza” of Rome. Alessia is a recipient of the Paola Campese Award and the prestigious Italian Presidential Medal for her work on miRNA biology and and the Liz Tilberis Early Career Award for ovarian cancer research. Alessia is interested in understanding how post-transcriptional regulation modulates ovarian cancer sensitivity and resistance to the immune system.

Loves the Tragically Hip

Paints in spare time

Ran a NY Marathon!


Aleksandra Wroblewska, PhD

Assistant Professor, Genetics and Genomic Sciences

Born and raised in Poland, Ola obtained her doctorate degree from Universiteit van Amsterdam in 2013, and joined the Brown Lab shortly after as a postdoctoral fellow. She is pioneering new single cell approaches for high-dimensional CRISPR genomics.

Two Truths and a Lie

Worked in a casino

Practiced ski jumping as a teenager

Proficient in yoga


Maxime Dhainaut, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Maxime obtained his PhD in molecular and cellular biology from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium). His work is focused on identifying genes that are critical for antigen-dependent T cell editing of cancer cells.

Two Truths and a Lie

Plays the cello

Is fluent in Polish

Never broke a bone


Alfonson Rodriguez Sanchez-paulete, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Alfonso received his PhD from the program in Immunology and Immunotherapy at the University of Navarra in Spain. He is working between the Brown and Merad labs to identify genes that control cancer and myeloid cell interactions in the tumor microenvironment, and trying to exploit this relationship for developing novel therapeutics.

Two Truths and a Lie

- Hopes to start exercising soon

- Carries a pen & notepad for sudden ideas

- Has never watched Dragon Ball


Gurkan Mollaoglu PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Gurkan received his master’s in molecular biology and genetics from Koc University (Istanbul, Turkey) and his doctorate in oncological sciences from the University of Utah. Joined the Brown and Merad labs to study how mutations in cancer cells regulate the tumor immune microenvironment.

Wrote a novel

His photograph was sent to space

Visited all 58 national parks in the US


Luisanna Pia

Luisanna is a PhD student in Immunology. She is applying high-dimensional CRISPR genomics to understand how genetic factors control the spatial architecture of the tumor microenvironment.

Two Truths and a Lie

Studied finance and marketing.

Danced flamenco semi-professionally.

Has an Irish twin.


Samuel Rose

Sam is a PhD student in the Genetics and Genomic Sciences training area. His research focuses on using computational and molecular approaches to understand transcriptional regulation within the immune system, primarily involving miRNA.

Two Truths and a Lie:

Has never seen titanic all the way through

Proficient in brazilian jiu jitsu

Once auditioned for SNL


Eziwoma Alibo

Ezi is an MD/PhD student in the Immunology training area. Her research focus is on identifying the regulators of immune modulatory elements on cancer cells.

Two Truths and a Lie:

Practices Krav Maga

Has a podcast with a fellow MD/PhD student where they discuss intersection of pop culture and science

Learned to ride a bicycle as an adult


Jaime Mateus-Tique

Jaime is a Master student in Biomedical Sciences. After many years of entrepreneurship and corporate management, he decided to return to science. His current project focuses on modulating myeloid cells in the tumor microenvironment.

Two truths and a Lie:

Watches Saturday Night Live on Sunday nights

Started a publicly traded company

Has produced 11 feature films


O'Jay Stewart

Born and raised on the beautiful island of Jamaica, O’Jay migrated to the US in 2012. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology at CUNY - John Jay College. O’Jay is currently a PREP Scholar at Mount Sinai and strives towards a future career as a physician scientist.

Two Truths and a Lie:

Favorite football (soccer) team is Manchester United.

Never been to any country apart from the US and Jamaica.

Has a famous Jerk Chicken recipe.


Eun Park, MS

Eun is a Research Associate. She has a Masters in Biology from South Korea. She is a genotyping master and the Jedi Queen of the lab.

Two Truths and a Lie

Loves Gardening

Is a huge fan of K-POP

Likes to read sci-fi


Anela Bektesevic

Anela is a Research Associate. She makes more vector than you ever will.

Two Truths and a Lie

Terrible with names

Can speak 4 languages including Latin