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Adjunct and Affiliate Appointments

  • Daniel Higgins

    Daniel Higgins, MS

    Dan Higgins is an affiliate instructor in PMM. Dan has a Master of Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology specializing in “Interactive Intelligence” and a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science and Mathematics from Assumption University. Dan has more than 20 years of IT industry experience, with ten years in Enterprise Architecture and Framework Development. He is a Cloud Architect with AWS certifications in Machine Learning and Solution Architecture. He has played key roles in numerous projects, including the creation of a next-generation solution for a Whole-Genome Data Repository and the development of WormCat, a categorization and visualization tool for genome-scale data. 

  • Marie Sophie Isidor, Ph.D.

    Marie Sophie Isidor, Ph.D.

    Marie is an Assistant Professor at the Novo Nordisk Foundation of Basic Metabolic Research at the University of Copenhagen studying brown adipose tissue metabolism and function. She was a Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie scholar in Dr. David Guertin’s laboratory in the Program in Molecular Medicine from 2021 to 2023 and remains a close collaborator with Dr. Guertin’s group. Marie has been conducting research in the field on brown fat since 2010.

  • Joseph F. Urban Jr.

    Joseph F. Urban Jr., PhD

    Dr. Joseph F. Urban, Jr. received his PhD in Immunology/Microbiology at Syracuse University in 1975 and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the laboratory of Kimishige and Teruko Ishizaka, who characterized human IgE, working on nematode induced allergic disease. He then spent the next 42 years in various research and leaderships positions at the United States Department of Agriculture in Beltsville, MD working on immunity to parasites, parasite biology, and nutritional immunology. Dr. Urban has contributed to over 380 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters related to his research interests over his research career.

  • Juleen R. Zierath

    Juleen R. Zierath, PhD

    Adjunct Professor of Molecular Medicine, UMass Chan, is presently Professor of Clinical Integrative Physiology and Head of the Section of Integrative Physiology at the Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery and the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm Sweden, where she is Director of the The Strategic Research Programme in Diabetes. She is also Professor of Integrative Physiology at University of Copenhagen, where she is a Scientific Director at the Marie Krogh Center for Metabolic Research, Copenhagen Denmark.