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Fiachra HumphriesFiachra Humphries, PhD
Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Innate Immunity

man in red jacketResearch Associate

Matthew Finnegan

Matthew is a graduate of Clark University where he studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He joined the Humphries lab in September 2022 and is currently working on novel regulators of pyroptosis. Matthew is an expert in animal husbandry and management and a passionate teacher in the lab.

women with dark hair in red shirtGraduate student

Asha Daryanani

Asha is an incoming PhD student rotating in the Humphries lab. She received her BS in Biology with a specialization in Neurobiology and Physiology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Asha’s research is focused on studying novel innate immune checkpoints in the tumor microenvironment.

man in suit jacket and tieGraduate student

Shriram Ramani

Shriram is the first graduate student to join the Humphries lab. He studied Biotechnology at Anna University, India, before completing his Master’s degree at the University of Chicago, Illinois. Before joining UMass Chan, he worked as a research technician in the lab of Dr. Emily Cheng at Sloan Kettering. He is now pursuing a thesis project on determining methods of reprogramming tumor-associated macrophages for cancer treatment. Shriram has technical expertise in a range of molecular and biochemical methods.

woman with light hair and plaid coatGraduate student

Laurel Stine

Laurel studied Biology at Colgate University, Hamilton NY. During her undergrad, she studied germline development in C. elegans and completed her senior research project in genetics at the Singapore Genome Institute. Before joining UMass Chan, she was a senior associate scientist at Bristol-Myers Squibb in the early discovery immunology department for several years. Laurel’s research is focused on developing nanobodies and small molecule inhibitors targeting different components of the inflammasome.


2023 rotation students

Katherine Murphy  

Katherine is now pursuing her thesis work in the Ruscetti Lab in the Cancer and Molecular Biology Department.

Wei Zhan

Wei is now pursuing her thesis work in the Gao Lab in the Horae Gene Therapy Center.

Xinyue Wang

Xinyue is now pursuing her thesis work in the Behar lab in the Microbiology and Physiological Systems Department.

2023 summer interns

Neve McGuicken

Neve was a visiting undergraduate intern from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. She is currently investigating new biologics that target the inflammasome.

Sandy Fontes

Sandy was a graduating senior at Shepherd Hill Regional High School in Dudley. She worked as an intern in the lab before beginning her bachelor’s degree in Biology at Quinsigamond Community College. Sandy is interested in pursuing a career in academic research in the field of innate immunity. 

Join our lab

pipetteThe Humphries Lab is currently recruiting a post-doctoral fellow. If you are interested in joining our lab, please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to Dr. Fiachra Humphries.‚Äč