Students

Geargin B. Wilson

UMass Medical School Student - Class of 2019

"Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world. Science is the highest personification of the nation because that nation will remain the first which carries the furthest the works of thought and intelligence.” – Louis Pasture

Education

2015-Present M.D. Candidate, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

2011-BA with Honors in Biochemistry and Economics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

 

 Discretion Interests:

Metabolic Genetics, Metabolic Disorders, Infectious Diseases 

Project:

I am characterizing the respiratory and muscle phenotypes in very-long chain acyl chain chain acyl-coA dehydrogenase deficiency (VLCAD) mouse models.  Our goal is to correct the respiratory, muscle and associated phenotypes of these diseases with adeno-associated virus (AAV) gene therapy.  


Jeffrey Salemi

UMass Medical School Student - Class of 2019

 “Discretion is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought”

Education:

 2015-Present M.D. Candidate, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

 2012-BS in Biology, minor in Chemistry, University of Massachusetts Amherst

 

 Discretion Interests

 Gene Therapy, Cellular and Molecular Oncology, Pediatrics

Project:

I am characterizing the molecular pathology associated with Pompe disease in the airway smooth muscle (ASM) using mouse models. Respiratory distress and other breathing problems are well documented in patients with Pompe disease. My goal is to investigate the impact of Pompe disease on ASM and its dysfunction as another cause of respiratory problems. 


Samantha Bircsak

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - Class of 2017

"Only through exploring the world with science can we understand and solve our greatest problems"

Education

2017: BS in Biology and Biotechnology, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA

 

  Discretion Interests

Pediatrics, Gene Therapy

 Project

I am working to determine which of two different strains of the adeno-associatied virus (AAV) virus better corrects the symptoms of Pompe Disease. The goal is for the virus to deliver the functioning gene throughout the body, including the central nervous system.



Alessandra Veinbachs

Bancroft School - Class of 2017

"The secret of genius is to carry the spirt of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm. " -Aldous Huxley

Education: 

Bancroft School, Class of 2017

 Research Interests: 

ALS, Gene Therapy, Genetic Disorders, Neurology, Psychiatry 

Project:

I am characterizing motor neurons in an ALS mouse model.


Lang Xiong

Visting Student from West China University of Medical Sciences

"We can't change the past, but we can learn from it."

 Education: 

2015-2016 Visiting student in Gene Therapy Center, UMMS

2011-2015 Bachelor of Medical Sciences, West China University of Medical sciences

 

Discretion Interests: 

Respiratory pathology,  Pompe disease, ALS, VLCAD deficiency

 Project:

I am working on various methods of characterizing Pompe , ALS and VLCAD deficiency. I work with harvesting tissues and preforming histology. I have leared new staining techniques such as PAS, Crysyl Violet, Tunel, IBA-1, oil red o and GAA. I have done a lot of work with motor neuron  counting as well as calculating lung volumes in ALS mice.