Principal Investigator Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Harvard Medical School Mass Eye and Ear, Mass General Hospital, Broad Institute
Dr. Daniel Faden is a Head and Neck Surgiocal Oncologist and Translational Scientist. He completed residency training in Otolaryngology– Head and Neck Surgery at UCSF followed by clinical fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in both Advanced Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery and Cranial Base Surgery. His clinical practice focuses on head and neck and cranial base cancers with a particular interest and expertise in minimally invasive head and neck cancer surgery (TORS, TOLS, endoscopic cranial base surgery). Prior to Boston, 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 under Robert Ferris, MD, PhD.
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.
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.
Nataliaattended Barnard College of Columbia University, graduating with majors in Neuroscience and English. She wrote her honors thesis on noninvasive neuromodulation of cognition and motivation using focused ultrasound.She enjoys finding new books to read, baking for lab meetings, and hiking. She plans to attend medical school.
Monicaattended the University of Rochester and received a BA in Psychology while juggling pre- med requirements, greek life, and varsity athletics. She enjoys cooking, travelling, and working out. She plans to attend graduate school and pursue a career in sports psychology. Monica helps support CTC and cell free DNA liquid biopsy clinical trial patient accruals for the Faden Lab through her work in the at MGH Cancer Center
Elise is a medical student at Harvard Medical School. She grew up in Oregon and attended Pomona College in California, where she received her BA in Chemistry with a minor in French. She then worked at the Pasteur Institute in Paris for a year on a Fulbright scholarship, studying laboratory surveillance of Shigella, and spent the following year at the University of Würzburg in Germany studying RNA biology in enterococcal species. She is interested in the pathogenesis of HPV+ head and neck cancer, which led her to joining the Faden lab. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, and taking care of her houseplants. She hopes to pursue a career in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
Daniel is a final year medical student at Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia. During his year in Faden Lab, he is working on the immunogenomics of head and neck cancer. In his spare time he enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with family and friends. He plans to pursue a career in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
Markus is a medical student at the Medical University of Vienna in Austria. He received his BA in International Business Administration and Chinese at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. During medical school, he started participating in head and neck cancer research focusing on radiosensitization and biomarker discovery, which lead to him joining the Faden Lab. Markus is an avid runner, hiker and skier. He hopes to specialize in Otolaryngology-Head and neck surgery.
Saskia is a medical student at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University who is spending a year in the Faden Lab. She grew up in New York City and attended Northwestern University where she received a BA in English literature. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. She hopes to pursue a career in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.