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Otuwe Anya

Clinical Research Assistant 

Education: Vassar College, BA in Neuroscience: Learning & Behavior, 2018

Interest: Otuwe's research interest focuses on understanding the gut-brain axis' relationship to cognitive impairment and behavior. Outside of work, he enjoys realistic nonfiction, nurturing connections, and exercising.


Lindsey Cincotta

Clinical Research Assistant

Education: Framingham State University, BS is Biology with a minor in neuroscience, 2019

Interest: Lindsey’s research interests include understanding the role of the gut microbiome in cognitive development and decline. In her personal time, she enjoys doing yoga, reading, and spending time with family.

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Protiva Dutta

Clinical Research Coordinator

Education: College of the Holy Cross, BS in Biology, 2013.

Interest: The aspects of the job she enjoys most is interacting one-on-one with research participants. After working in microbiome research for the past five years, she has learned a great deal from both participants and colleagues. Outside of work, Protiva enjoys doing yoga, taking care of houseplants, reading, and spending time in the outdoors.


Amanda Higgins

Clinical Research Coordinator

Education: MSc in Clinical Laboratory Science, Clinical Research, UMass Lowell 2016; BS in Biology, Fitchburg State College 2012.

Interest: Critical Care, Toxicology, Diagnostic Test Development, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder 


Ethan Loew

MD/PhD Student

Education: Union College, BS in Chemistry, 2013.

Interest: Ethan is an MD/PhD student co-mentored by Dr. John Haran and Dr. Beth McCormick. His research interests focus on understanding the role of the gut microbiome in Alzheimer’s disease with a particular emphasis on the regulation of the intestinal epithelium by commensal microbiota. In his personal time, he enjoys working on classic cars, cycling of all kinds, and experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen.


Abigail Lopes

Clinical Research Assistant 

Education: Major in biology with a minor in human services and rehabilitation studies from Assumption College

Interest: Abigail's interests are the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines in healthcare workers that do not have natural immunity from past infections; The gut brain axis in Alzheimer’s disease


Morgan Nelson

Clinical Research Assistant

Education: Worcester State University, BS in Biology, 2020.

Interest: The efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines in healthcare workers that do not have natural immunity from past infections. The gut-brain axis in Alzheimer's Disease.


Rumin Shaik

Clinical Research Assistant 

Education: Boston University, BS in Health Science, 2021

Interest: Rumin’s research interest is in understanding the gut-brain axis and its relationship to cognitive decline. Outside of work, she enjoys visiting museums, reading books, trying new food, and listening to music. 


Abigail Zeamer

PhD Student

Education: Brandeis University, B.S. in Biology '19

Interest: Abigail is a Ph.D. Candidate in Dr. Vanni Bucci's lab who works closely with Dr. Haran. She is primarily interested in using computational methods to identify microbiome features that associate with neurocognitive disease outcomes with the goal of identifying live biotherapeutic candidates. When not in the lab or at her desk, she enjoys rowing, rock climbing, skiing, and spending time with her cat and rabbit.