Meet the Team

Left to Right: Linda Honaker, Raphael Haslecker, Victoria D’Souza, David Anderson, Sam Carlson, Zehra Yildiz, Nico Wagner, Michael Gao, Daniel Friedrich, Marie Wu, Jerome Edwards, Vincent Pham

The Boss

VictoriaVictoria D’Souza



Daniel Friedrich

Daniel comes from Berlin, Germany and is a joint Postdoc with the labs of Hari Arthanari at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Gerhard Wagner at Harvard Medical School. He completed his PhD with Hartmut Oschkinat at the Freie Universität Berlin and the Leibniz Institute of Molecular Pharmacology, studying protonation dynamics in proteins by magic angle spinning NMR. He now works on RNA–protein interactions using a range of biophysical and structural biology methods, including solution NMR.

Zehra lab pictureZehra Yildiz

Zehra is a post-doc in the lab from Turkey. She completed her undergraduate B.Sc. degree at Faculty of Pharmacy at Istanbul University. She then went on to complete her PhD with Michael Summers in the Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Graduate Students 

Kimberley Berg

Kimberley is a PhD student in the MCO program from Sacramento, California. She received her undergraduate degree in Genetics and Genomics from UC Davis. She has also worked as an RA at a pharmaceutical company producing transgenic chickens for antibody discovery. Outside of the lab, she spends most of her time watching movies and listening to podcasts (about movies).

Sam Carlson

Sam is a PhD student in the MCO program from Vermont and sometimes Minnesota.  He received his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College in 2010, with a double major in biology and French. Before beginning his PhD, he worked a multitude of odd jobs in the technical and scientific field, including at the University of Vermont’s Advanced Genome Technologies Core facility and as lab manager for Dr. Karen Glass at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Colchester, VT. He enjoys cycling, fixing cars, hiking, camping, and cooking.

Raphael Haslecker

Raphael is a PhD candidate in the virology program. He did his BSc in molecular biosciences in Austria and a MSc in the G30 program in biology at Nagoya University. Aside of research, he also enjoys biking, climbing mountains, and board games.

Linda Honaker

Linda is a PhD candidate in the MCO program. She grew up in California and completed her B.S. in chemistry with an emphasis in biochemistry at San Diego State University before moving to Cambridge to experience real seasons. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, dragon-boating, and karaoke.


Vincent Pham

Vincent is a PhD student in the MCO program from Chandler, AZ.  He received his undergraduate degree from Brown University in 2011 in molecular biology and biochemistry with a secondary concentration in Africana Studies.  He enjoys running, practicing with his crew team, hiking, and camping.

NWNico Wagner

Nico is a PhD candidate who completed his undergraduate degrees in physics, astrophysics, and cellular & molecular biology at the University of Michigan in 2014.  Before attending the University of Michigan, Nico lived in Grand Rapids and Germany, where he was born. Outside of lab, he enjoys traveling to new places.

Marie picMarie Wu

Marie is a PhD candidate in the MCO program who was born in Taiwan and raised in Hong Kong. She received a joint B.S. and M.S. in chemistry, as well as a B.S. with honors in biological chemistry from the University of Chicago in 2014.

Undergraduate Students 

Jerome Edwards

Jerome is a member of the class of 2021, planning to concentrate in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a secondary in History. In his free time, he enjoys playing sports, listening to music and tutoring.

MichaelMichael Gao

Michael is a member of the class of 2020, planning to concentrate in Molecular and Cellular Biology. In his free time, he enjoys running, traveling, and digital design.

Olivia Suozzo

Olivia is a member of the class of 2020, concentrating in Molecular and Cellular Biology. She is originally from upstate New York, and outside of lab she likes to ski, read, and work as an EMT.

Visiting Fellows

David Anderson

David is a Visiting Fellow in the lab who completed his undergraduate degree in Biology at Kenyon College in 2019. David played collegiate soccer and was named an All-American in his senior season. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer and basketball, learning photography and producing music.

Lab Techs

Picture of Tapan Singha

Tapan Singha

Tapan started his job as Lab Assistant in 2010. He completed his Bachelor and Master of Science at Bangladesh Agricultural University and a Biomedical Certificate Course at the City Lab Academy of Boston University. He is currently working with Victoria D’Souza, Rachelle Gaudet, Karine Gibbs and Michael Desai at Harvard University. He came to the US in 2008 after serving 25 years at a government job in the Department of Livestock Services in Bangladesh.

Previous lab members