Alumni: Kim Chang Sing Pang

Research Fellow

Kim is in her final year of medical training at Vrije Universiteit (VU), Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She hopes to pursue a career in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. In the Faden Lab, Kim is working on Sinonasal SCC genomics.


Alumni: Julia Durbeck

Julia is a senior pre-medical honors student at Suffolk University studying biology and chemistry with a concentration in health careers. In addition to her research at Mass Eye and Ear, she has been studying neuronal signaling in Caenorhabditis elegans. Julia likes to spend time with her dogs, ski, and occasionally go sky diving. After her undergraduate studies, her goal is to go to medical school and eventually become a surgeon.


Dan Faden

Principal Investigator
Mass Eye and Ear, Mass General, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Daniel Faden is a head and neck cancer surgeon and scientist. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine. He completed residency training in otolaryngology–head and neck surgery at the University of California, San Francisco followed by clinical fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in advanced head and neck oncologic surgery and cranial base surgery. 

Dr. Faden’s clinical practice focuses on providing comprehensive care for the entire spectrum of benign and malignant head and neck tumors, including oral cavity, oropharynx, larynx, endocrine (thyroid and parathyroid), cutaneous (skin), salivary, sinonasal, and cranial base neoplasms. He has a particular interest and expertise in minimally invasive head and neck cancer surgery (TORS, TOLS, endoscopic cranial base surgery), precision/personalized head and neck oncology, and the management of HPV-associated head and neck cancers. He emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to patient care to optimize oncologic, functional, and cosmetic outcomes for complex patients. 

Dr. Faden is an active head and neck cancer translational investigator. Prior to Mass. Eye and Ear, he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholar at the National Institutes of Health/National Human Genome Research Institute and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. His research focuses on how different cellular alterations, such as DNA mutations and infection by human papilloma virus, effect the behavior of head and neck cancers, with the goal of translating findings into advancements in precision head and neck oncology care.


Alumni: Rishabh Kodia

Rishabh is a medical student at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. He grew up in Westford, MA and attended Saint Louis University where he received a B.S. in Health Management. His interests include soccer, dancing, and cooking.

Maoxuan Lin

Maoxuan Lin


Maoxuan (Mao) is a computational biologist and a former radiologist. He earned his medical degree from China Medical University, Shenyang, China. He switched his career from radiology to bioinformatics impressed by the great translational capability of bioinformatics and its significant benefits for human health. He received his Master and Doctorate degrees in Bioinformatics and Genomics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and had worked at the University of Michigan on human cardiovascular genomics and at the Forsyth Institute on the human oral microbiome. His research focuses on integrating information from multi-omics data to draw a comprehensive landscape of head and neck cancers.


Alumni: Esdras Lopez

Clinical Research and Specimen Coordinator

Esdras attended the University of Florida, graduating Cum Laude with a B.S. in Chemistry. While at UF he studied plasmonic nanoparticles, focusing on the growth of anatase TiO2 and Fluorine mapping of single particles using NanoSIMS. Esdras is an avid photographer and amateur chef, and hopes to attend medical school and specialize in surgery, oncology, or pathology.

Connor O'Boyle

Connor O'Boyle

Research Fellow

Connor is a medical student at Tufts University School of Medicine who is spending a year in the Faden Lab studying head and neck cancer genomics. He grew up in Seattle, WA and attended Claremont McKenna College where he received a B.A. in Biology. He has also earned a Masters in Biomedical Sciences from Tufts. He is part of a Pet Therapy team with his golden retriever, Dublin. He hopes to pursue a career in Otolaryngology Head and Neck surgery.

Shohreh Varmeh

Shohreh Varmeh, PhD

Staff Scientist/Lab Manager

Shohreh Varmeh received her Ph.D. in cancer biology from Karolinska Institute. Her thesis work focused on identifying genes regulated by the tumor suppressor gene p53. Her post-doctoral trainings at Mount Sinai School of Medicine (NYC) and Beth Israel Medical Center (Boston) focused on signaling pathways, DNA damage response, cell cycle checkpoints, tumor suppressor genes and oncogenes. She worked as staff scientist at Koch Institute at MIT before joining the Faden Lab as senior lab manager/staff scientist.