Our advisors

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BEST Steering Committee

  • Cynthia Fuhrmann, Ph.D. (PI) - Assistant Dean, Career & Professional Development; Assistant Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology
  • Phillip Zamore, Ph.D. (co-PI) -  Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Gretchen Stone Cook Chair of Biomedical Sciences; Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology; Co-director, RNA Therapeutics Institute
  • Mary Ellen Lane, Ph.D. - Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; Senior Director, Administration; Associate Professor, Neurobiology
  • Anthony Imbalzano, Ph.D. - Associate Dean, Office for Postdoctoral Scholars; Professor and Vice-Chair, Cell Biology; Director, Graduate Program in Cell Biology
  • Spencer Fenn, Ph.D. - Assistant Director, Career Development
  • David Weaver, Ph.D. - Professor, Neurobiology; Director, Program in Neuroscience

BEST Student Advisory Group

  • Monika Chitre
  • Livio Dukaj
  • Priyanjali Ghosh
  • Maximiliaan Huisman
  • Miye Jacques
  • Benjamin Landry

BEST External Evaluation Team

  • Laura O'Dwyer, Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Department of Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation, Boston College
  • Katherine Shields, Ph.D. - Research and Evaluation Consultant

BEST Advisory Board

External advisors

  • Rita Balice-Gordon, Ph.D. - Global Head, Neuroscience Research Therapeutic Area, Sanofi
  • Jonathan Fleming, M.P.A. - President & Treasurer, NEHI - The Network for Excellence in Health Innovation
  • John Pham, Ph.D. - Editor, Molecular Cell
  • Vivian Siegel, Ph.D. - Director, Education & Outreach, Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard
  • Steven Tello, Ed.D. - Associate Vice Chancellor, Entrepreneurship & Economic Development; Associate Professor, Management & Entrepreneurship; Manning School of Business, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Internal advisors

  • Michael Green, Ph.D. - Chair, Program in Gene Function & Expression; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Professor, Program in Molecular Medicine
  • Nathaniel Hafer, Ph.D. - Director of Operations, University of Massachusetts Center for Clinical & Translational Science
  • Miye Jacques, B.S. - Student representative; GSBS Assembly representative
  • Deborah Molrine, M.D., M.P.H. - Deputy Director of Clinical Affairs, Mass Biologics; Professor of Pediatrics, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Jill Moore, B.S. - Student representative; GSBC Career Development representative

Past advisors

  • Jennifer Cotton, Ph.D. - BEST Advisory Board (student representative) 2015
  • Michelle Dubuke, Ph.D. - BEST Student Advisory Group 2014-2015
  • Marc Klempner, M.D. - BEST Advisory Board 2015
  • Robyn Marty-Roix, Ph.D. - BEST Advisory Board (postdoctoral representative) 2015
  • Victoria Pedanou, Ph.D. - BEST Advisory Board (student representative) 2015, BEST Student Advisory Group 2014-2016
  • Alex Tamburino, Ph.D. - BEST Student Advisory Group 2014-2015
  • Stina Urban, Ph.D. - BEST Student Advisory Group 2014-2015
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