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  • Read Pukkila-Worley

    Read Pukkila-Worley, MD, FIDSA

    Read is an infectious diseases physician, Professor of Medicine, and PI of the lab. He received his MD from the UNC- Chapel Hill and completed his clincial training at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Read was a postdoc with Fred Ausubel, PhD at MGH before joining the UMass faculty in 2015. He is an avid cyclist, runner and hiker, and he plays the cello. He spends most of his spare time though chasing his two kids, Eli and Vivian, with his wife, Anya.

  • Khursheed Wani

    Khursheed Wani

    Khursheed Wani, PhD is a senior scientist in the lab who has a long-standing interest in using C. elegans as a model organism to understand fundamental biological phenomena. He has brought a wealth of energy and great ideas to the laboratory. When not in the lab, Khursheed likes to run, hike, read, visit fruit farms and orchards of central Mass, cook, bake (you must try Khursheed's banana and zucchini breads!), and spend quality time with his better half, Foziah.

  • Akshay Alaghatta

    Akshay Alaghatta

    Akshay is an M.D., Ph.D. candidate in the lab. He is interested in exploring C. elegans biology and the molecular interactions between the innate immune system, the gut microbiome, and the nervous system. After growing up in San Jose, California, Akshay moved to the east coast to attend Johns Hopkins University, where he majored in Neuroscience, minored in Space Science and Technology, and ran cross country and track. Outside of the lab, he loves playing his guitar and singing, making art, exercising, and spending time with his family and friends.

  • Dan Bollen

    Dan Bollen

    Dan is a Postdoc and Research Scientist in the lab. He received his Ph.D. from M.I.T in 2023 where he trained in the lab of Dennis Kim. Dan is from upstate New York and recently marriend his high school sweetheart.

  • Noah Sciambra

    Noah Sciambra

    Noah is an M.D., Ph.D. candidate interested in immunometabolism and genetic factors affecting C. elegans susceptibility to pathogen infection. He is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, and he attended the University of Alabama where he obtained a B.S. and M.S. in Biological Sciences via an Accelerated Master’s Program. Outside of the lab, he enjoys basketball, soccer, running, video games, music, and spending time with family and friends!

  • Lauren Goodman

    Lauren Goodman

    Lauren is an M.D., Ph.D. student who joined the lab for her thesis research in 2024. She grew up in Chicago and attended the University of Michigan for undergrad. Lauren loves spending her time either outside climbing, hiking, and skiing or at home knitting and cooking.