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Lawson Lab personnel

Nathan Lawson
Nathan received his B.S. in Zoology from the University of Rhode Island in 1994 and his PhD from Yale in Biology in 1999. After a postdoc at National Institutes of Health, he joined the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2002.  He is currently a Professor in the Department of Molecular, Cell, and Cancer Biology.

  • Aliece Goodman

    Aliece Goodman

    Academic Role: Research technician

    Aliece joined the lab in the summer of 2019 after graduating from Smith College, where she worked with zebrafish in Michael Barresi's lab. Aliece is working with Yu-Huan Shih on projects related to lymphatic development and vascular mural cells. 

  • Feston Idrizi

    Feston Idrizi

    Academic Role: Graduate student

    After receiving his B.A. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Clark University in Worcester, Feston joined the Lawson Lab as a technician. He is now a graduate student in the lab studying the development of vascular mural cells.

  • Yu-Huan Shih

    Yu-Huan Shih, PhD

    Academic Role: Postdoc

    Yu-Huan received his Ph.D. from the University of Nottingham in the UK in 2010. Following  postdoctoral training at the Mayo Clinic, Yu-Huan joined the Lawson Lab in 2016. His projects include investigating the development of mural cells and applying chemical genetic strategies to dissect vascular development. 

  • Masahiro Shin

    Masahiro Shin, PhD

    Academic Role: Assistant Professor

    Masahiro received his Ph.D. from the Tokyo Metropolitan University in Japan. He has been funded in the Lawson Lab by fellowships from the the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and the Uehara Memorial Foundation. He is currently studying lymphatic development in the zebrafish.

    See Masa's Lawson Lab publications

  • Daniel Splittstoesser

    Daniel Splittstoesser

    Academic Role: Research technician

    Danny joined the lab in July 2018 after graduating from Iowa State, where he worked with zebrafish in the laboratories of Maura McGrail and Jeff Essner. He works with Masahiro Shin on studies relating to lymphatic development in zebrafish. Danny will be leaving us to pursue his PhD at UMass Amherst in Fall 2020.