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McDougall Lab

William McDougall

William McDougall, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Dr. McDougall is a Western New York native with training in Biochemistry, Virology, Cell Biology, and Genetics. Throughout his career Dr. McDougall’s research has always been interested in DNA and RNA editing, its role in viral infection, and the interplay between virus and host. In his free time, Dr. McDougall enjoys playing golf and hiking on the many nearby trails.

Prof. William McDougall Assistant Professor         Google Scholar

Lab Members

  Jill is a Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) alumni from the class of 2012 with a B.S. in Biology/Biotechnology and a minor in English. She began her career at UMass upon graduation in the Abraham Brass Lab. This is where she found her passion for microscopy and virology. She has helped develop cutting edge imaging techniques to detect viruses through different life cycle stages. While, also staying up to date on the latest imaging technologies and getting trained on every new microscope she can. In 2019, after working along side Dr. McDougall for years, the opportunity arose to transition to his laboratory and continue her projects. Her pastimes include running, hiking and crafting.
Jill McConnel Research Technician  

Manish was born and raised in a small town of Uttarakhand, in the Himalayan range and became interested in molecular biology while pursuing bachelor’s degree in biochemical engineering from Kumaon Engineering College, Uttarakhand, India. In 2010, he joined Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India to obtain a PhD in virology and worked on understanding the replication characteristics of Hepatitis B Virus. In August 2018, he joined Brass/McDougall lab to study host-virus interactions using functional genomics (CRISPR/RNAi) and identify novel host factors in the life cycle of HBV and HIV. Manish enjoys playing cricket, tennis and exploring new destinations.

Manish Kandpal

Postdoctoral Researcher  
Tom Cicuto Research Associate