2014 NEID Workshop Fellows

Mohab Ali, M.D.
Institute for Immunology and Informatics

Ali_picMohab Ali, M.D., graduated from Alexandria University in Egypt in 2008. After completing an internship in 2010, he moved to the United States to pursue a dream of becoming a board certified physician. In 2011, he started as a visiting physician at Clinica Esperanza in Providence, Rhode Island where he volunteers to serve the uninsured residents of the state. Mohab also dedicates time to a research project at the Molecular Oncology Research Institute at Tufts Medical Center where he is studying the role of TGFb in the pathogenesis of myeloproliferative disorders using bone marrow transplant. Mohab joined iCubed in October 2013 where he assists in several projects.


Coreen M. Beaumier, Ph.D., CCy.
Baylor College of Medicine

BeaumierCoreen M. Beaumier, Ph.D, CCy., is an assistant professor in the Section of Pediatric Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine where she works to understand the immune responses to candidate vaccine antigens and adjuvants and test their immunogenicity for systems such as T. cruzi, ascaris and trichuris.  Dr. Beaumier is also the Product Development Project Manager for the Hookworm and Schistosomiasis vaccine programs for the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Vaccine Development Center. Her expertise is cellular immunology and is an internationally certified cytometrist through ISAC.

Originally from Massachusetts, Dr. Beaumier attended Stonehill College from 1997-2001, where she obtained a bachelor of science degree in both biology and chemistry. She performed her graduate studies at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in the immunology/virology program until 2008, when she received her Ph.D. While at UMass, her thesis work in the laboratory of Dr. Alan Rothman focused on the cross-reactive T cell responses to sequential heterologous dengue infections.  From 2008-2009, Beaumier did her post-doctoral training at the National Institutes of Health in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and studied the immunopathology of HIV using an SIV model in African Green Monkeys. After her postdoc, she joined the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring, Maryland as a scientist in the Immunology Section of the Viral Disease Branch.  Dr. Beaumier then became the Chief of the Immunology Section of the Viral Disease Branch.  While at WRAIR, she was part of the Dengue Vaccine Development Team.

Anthony Mazzaferro
University of Rhode Island

MazzaferroAnthony is currently in his third year of the cell and molecular biology program at the University of Rhode Island where he has an interest in immunology as well as genetics and genomics. He is currently conducting research under Dr. Irvine which focuses on the genome of sea squirts.



Ryann Murphy
University of Rhode Island

MurphyRyann Murphy is a senior microbiology major and chemistry minor at the University of Rhode Island. She is part of the URI Honors Program and is currently conducting research on the role of penicillin binding proteins in prokaryotic cell division as her yearlong honors senior project. Having studied abroad in Granada and Spain, her interests lie in language, culture and the global role of science. Fascinated with immunology and public health, Ryann’s current career goal is to conduct infectious disease research.

Jenn Pigoga
University of Rhode Island

PigogaJennifer Pigoga is a junior majoring in microbiology at the University of Rhode Island. She works as an undergraduate assistant in the introductory biology lab doing much of the lab preparation. Outside of school, Jenn is a practicing emergency medical technician. She is currently working towards EMT-cardiac licensure with hopes of eventually attaining her paramedic licensure. Following graduation, Jenn plans to attend medical school and aspires toward a career as a physician practicing global emergency medicine.


Amy Rose
University of Rhode Island

BoisvertAmy Rose Boisvert is a senior in the CELS program at the University of Rhode Island.  In the summer, she will be graduating cum laude with a degree in microbiology as well as minors in biology and chemistry.  Amy is currently in the process of applying to graduate school and plans to earn a M.S. in cell and molecular biology. After receiving her master’s degree, Amy Rose intends on attending a local Physician’s Assistant Program.  As an undergraduate, she participated in the Bermuda Seaweed Project at URI’s Lane laboratory by extracting DNA, amplifying and sequencing PCR products from Bermuda samples.  She has also been a student assistant to Specialist Debra Bourassa at URI’s Coastal Institute for the past three years. Amy is also active in her community as a proud volunteer first responder for Charlestown Ambulance Rescue Squad. She organized successful fundraising teams in 2013 for Multiple Sclerosis and the National Police Officers Memorial Fund.

Iju Shakya
Smith College

ShakyaIju is currently working as a research associate in Dr. Steven A. Williams’ laboratory at Smith College. She graduated from Smith in May 2013 with highest honors in biological sciences. Iju’s undergraduate thesis focused on exploring the promoter of a gene called thioredoxin peroxidase in Brugia malayi, one of the three parasites that cause lymphatic filariasis. While at Smith, she also initiated and conducted a study to evaluate the reproductive health awareness among adolescent girls in rural Nepal. Iju presented her findings at the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine’s annual meeting in 2013.


Kento Tanaka
Daiichi Sankyo Company

TanakaKento Tanaka received his M.S. in biological engineering from University of Tokyo, Japan. He researched the regulation of cell proliferation by antibody/receptor tyrosine kinase chimeric receptor. In 2007, he entered DaiichiSankyo Co., LTD., worked at Biologics Research Laboratories, and focused on improving immunization methods to raise antibody especially against less antigenic molecules, such as GPCRs and ion channels. The improved methods allowed him to obtain several lead antibodies for anti-cancer and immunosuppressing therapeutics. Currently, Kento is working on cancer immunotherapy and interested in highly tumor specific molecules to treat patients with cancer.










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