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Michelle Kelliher, PhD

Michelle Kelliher, PhD

Professor
Faculty member since 1998

BA(1981), Smith College, Northhampton, MA; MS(1985), Yale University, New Haven, CT; PhD(1991), Tufts Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences, Boston, MA. Postdoctoral Training in the Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School in the laboratory of Dr. Philip Leder.

Awards and Science: Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Special Fellow Award (1998), Sidney Kimel Cancer Scholar Award (2000-2002), Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Award (2003-2008), and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Stohlman Scholar Award (2008). Dr. Kelliher is a member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Career Development Review Panel, a member of the NIH Cancer Genetics Study Section (2008-2012) as well as a reviewer for the Charles A. King Trust Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and the Hood Foundation Research Award.


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Touraj Aligholipour Farzani, PhD

Post Doctoral Associate
Lab member since 2021

Touraj obtained his virology Ph.D. from Ankara University of Turkey and joined the lab in March 2021. He is now working on inflammation pathways in liver. He enjoys watching movies.


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Kelsey Wagner

Graduate Student

Lab member since 2021

Graduated from Duke University in 2017, where she received her B.S. in Biology. Prior to joining the Cancer Biology program at the Graduate School for Biomedical Sciences, Kelsey studied the role of Ras pathway proteins in cancer under Christopher Counter at Duke University Medical School. She is interested in mechanisms of quiescence and disease maintenance in T-ALL. Outside of the lab, Kelsey enjoys weightlifting and going to the beach with her dogs.

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Kevin O'Connor

MD/PhD Student
Lab member since 2018
Kevin is an MD/PhD student in the Medical Scientist Training Program at UMass. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 2011 with a major in Biology and minor and History and received his M.S. in Medical Sciences from Boston University School of Medicine in 2016. Prior to coming to UMass, Kevin studied DNA repair in Dr. Alan D'Andrea's lab at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Kevin was supported on the Cancer Biology T32 grant and was subsequently awarded an NIH NRSA F30 fellowship from the NCI. He is interested in how leukemia-initiating cells contribute to therapeutic failure and relapse in T-ALL.

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Jonathan Selway

Research Associate
Lab member since 2021
Jonathan graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2021 with a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. His undergraduate thesis investigated acute toxic effects of Nisin on intestinal stem cells in vivo. Outside of lab, Jonathan enjoys hiking and playing basketball. 

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Reem Suleiman, PhD

Post Doctoral Associate
Lab member since 2021
Graduated from the University of Khartoum with a Veterinary Medicine degree. Reem received her PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is a recipient of an award from the AAI Fellowship Program for Career Reentry. Reem is interested in the role of Rip Kinases in Autoimmune Hepatitis.

Sakiko Suzuki, MD

Sakiko Suzuki, MD

Instructor, Department of Medicine
Lab member since 2018
Graduated from Michigan Tech University with a BS in Biomedical Engineering.  Sakiko received her MD from Wayne State University School of Medicine.  She is a recipient of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation's Physician-Scientist Training Award (2017-2021)