Goran Bajic - Principal Investigator
Born and raised in Bosnia, Goran fell in love with the French language and cuisine and decided to obtain his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry in Lyon - the gastronomic capital of France. He then traded his favorite éclairs au chocolat for kanelsnegle when he moved to Denmark for PhD. Goran did his post-doctoral training at Harvard Medical School where he got interested in questions like what are the structural correlates of antibody protection, how antigen-induced receptor signaling occurs and how initial immune imprinting shapes subsequent memory recall responses. When not running around the lab fully caffeinated, Goran likes to travel, practice yoga and listen to music.
If you are interested in joining, contact Goran:
goran.bajic [at] mssm.edu
Clara Altomare - Postdoctoral Fellow
Clara describes herself as a knowledge parasite. She considers her ability to learn from everyone her greatest skill. Her path to academia was quite untraditional: from quitting school at 14 with essentially a 5th grade education, GED at 17, three attempts at community college and a brief stint in nursing school to Columbia University. From studying biology and working in an olfactory lab surrounded by philosophers to a PhD (also at Columbia) using cryo-EM to study a tiny part of a virus's genome to (now) using structural biology to study a tiny part of a virus's surface. She thinks viruses are the coolest because they are strings of nucleic acids in shells yet are capable of devastating the world; they're microscopic monsters. Personally, she is soccer obsessed (Forza Roma), loves hanging with her husband & pup, driving her car, and busting (or just complaining about) gender stereotypes.
clara.altomare [at] mssm.edu
Daniel Adelsberg - Research Assistant
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Daniel obtained his bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. During his undergraduate education he spent a semester at Lund University in Sweden where he took coursework in immunology and spent weekends exploring the Nordics and Europe. He even found time to culture a sourdough starter whom he named “Henrik” in homage to the great New York Rangers goaltender. At Berkeley, Daniel conducted research at the Biomolecular Nanotechnology Center and worked as an Emergency Medical Technician. In his free time, he can be found running, biking, or exploring one of his many culinary interests.
daniel.adelsberg [at] mssm.edu
Iden Sapse - Research Assistant
Iden enjoys the B Cell Receptor, praxis, and poetry defined in the broadest sense possible.
iden.sapse [at] mssm.edu
Former lab members:
David Melville - Research Assistant
I am from Greensboro, North Carolina. I’m currently entering my 4th year at Harvard as a pre-med student studying neurobiology with a secondary in chemistry, which I have absolutely loved so far. I am also a member of Harvard’s cross-country and track and field teams. In the admittedly little time that I am not studying, running, or talking about running, I love hiking, taking road trips, spending time on a lake or beach, and trying new types of food. A fun fact about me is that I am a tri-citizen of the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.