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  • Read Pukkila-Worley

    Read Pukkila-Worley, MD, FIDSA

    Read is an infectious diseases physician 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.

  • Nick Peterson

    Nick Peterson

    Nick is an M.D., Ph.D. candidate who has joined the lab for his thesis research. Nick graduated from St. John's University in Minnesota, where he ran track at the Division III level. He is a 2:40 marathoner (that's wicked fast), a former TB microbiologist and loves all things related to Minnesota.

  • Mohamad Nasrallah

    Mohamad Nasrallah

    Mo is an M.D., Ph.D. candidate doing his thesis research in the Pukkila-Worley lab.  He grew up in Queens and graduated from SUNY-Albany.  Mo is a salsa dancer, guitarist, proud New Yorker, and die-hard Knicks fan.

  • Samantha Tse

    Samantha Tse

    Sammy is an M.D., Ph.D. candidate who joined the lab in 2019. She is a proud Massachusetts native and graduate of Boston College. She loves roller coasters, rock climbing, snowboarding, adventurous foods, and anything related to intestinal immunity.

  • Amanda Page

    Amanda Page

    Amanda is a research technician/ lab manager. She joined the lab in 2021 after graduating from Gordon College in Massachusetts. Amanda was a two varsity sport athelete at the Division III level (track and field, and cross country) and is in the lab for post-bach research training prior to applying to graduate or medical school.

  • Amit Kumar, Ph.D.

    Amit Kumar, Ph.D.

    Amit is a post doctoral research fellow in the Pukkila-Worley laboratory.  He completed his PhD training at the CSIR-CDRI in Uttar Pradesh, India where he did important work on metabolic pathways in macrophages that drive foam cell formation and atherosclerosis. Amit enjoys traveling, camping, and cooking.