Molecular Therapeutics Researchers

Center Faculty

Polina Anikeeva

Polina Anikeeva works at the intersection of materials science, electronics, and neurobiology to design and fabricate new tools to treat disorders of the nervous system.

Ed Boyden is designing proteins that can cross the blood-brain barrier with the goal of moving these new molecular strategies into clinical trials in humans.

Guoping Feng is developing advanced primate models for psychiatric and developmental disorders and creating innovative ways to deliver gene therapy cargo into the brain.

Fan Wang is developing novel molecular strategies to activate pain-suppression neurons in the brain’s central amygdala with the goal of creating a powerful therapeutic approach for alleviating pain.

Feng Zhang is leading a broad effort to expand and improve the CRISPR gene editing platform to target genes associated with complex brain disorders.

Y. Eva Tan Fellows

Miaomiao Jin

Postdoctoral Fellow, Wang Lab

Miaomiao Jin studies pain anticipation and perception and identifies brain circuits that underlie self-stimulatory behavior​s that can ease pain.

Arghya Mukherjee

Postdoctoral Fellow, Halassa Lab

Arghya Mukherjee studies how brain circuits involved in decision-making go awry in people with schizophrenia and whether modulation of these circuits can reduce symptoms of this disorder.

Cipriano Romero

Graduate Fellow, Boyden Lab

Cipriano Romero is developing interdisciplinary tools to repair the brain and new approaches to directly screen for molecular targets to repair brain aging.

Jaeyoung Yoon

Postdoctoral Fellow, Harnett Lab

Jaeyoung Yoon studies how dendrites shape the extraordinary computational capabilities of neurons and ultimately give rise to behavior in living organisms.  

Other Sponsored Researchers

McGovern Fellow

Omar Abudayyeh creates next generation genome engineering technologies and applies them towards treatment of a variety of genetic disorders.

McGovern Fellow

Jonathan Gootenberg is designing efficient, robust genome engineering tools that can make a variety of DNA sequence alterations in any cell type.

Soumya Kannan

Graduate Fellow, Zhang Lab

Soumya Kannan is exploring natural diversity in search of new molecular systems that can be harnessed into gene editing technologies.