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Lab Members

Yingleong (Rigel) Chan, Ph.D.

Rigel is the Principal Investigator of the lab. Rigel is currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Rigel started his career as a software engineer after graduating from the School of Computing (B.Comp) at the National University of Singapore. Soon after, he applied for a graduate fellowship to study Bioinformatics at the School of Medicine and graduated with a Masters of Science in Bioinformatics. Rigel then proceeded to continue his graduate education by studying Genetics and Genomics at Harvard University under the supervision of Prof. Joel Hirschhorn. After graduating, he did his Postdoc research in Functional Genomics at Prof. George Church's Lab at the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School.

Rigel has a deep interest in applying quantitative approaches using in-vitro models to further genetics research. His research is interdisciplinary encompassing both bioinformatics (Algorithm Design, Statistical Analysis, Data Processing, etc) as well as wet-lab experimental approaches (Tissue Culture, DNA and RNA sequencing, Gene Editing, etc).

Rigel can be contacted at Rigel {dot} Chan {at} umassmed {dot} edu

Julia Reichert

Julia is a Research Assistant of the lab. She is interested in developing in-vitro models from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to study human diseases. She is currently working to perform multiplex reprogramming of many human cells into iPSCs.

Julia can be contacted at Julia {dot} Reichert1 {at} umassmed {dot} edu

Jivanna Mason

Jivanna is a Research Assistant of the lab. Jivanna has a Master’s in Biology and a background in evolutionary biology and population genetics, adding a new perspective to this uniquely dynamic lab. She has an interest in developing in-vitro population models to study genetic variants associated with complex human diseases. She is currently exploring the association between several genetic variants and viral infectivity.

Jivanna can be contacted at Jivanna {dot} Mason {at} umassmed {dot} edu

Molly Smullen

Molly is a Research Assistant bioinformatician of the lab and is working on analyzing how genetic variation is associated with a variety of in-vitro phenotypes.

Molly can be contacted at Molly {dot} Smullen {at} umaddmed {dot} edu

Former Lab members

Name Position Dates
Mannix Burns Research Assistant Sept 2020 - Feb 2021