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.

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If you are interested in joining, contact Goran: 
goran.bajic [at] mssm.edu

Ana Sofia Ferreira Ramos - Postdoctoral Fellow

Born and raised in Oliveira de Azeméis (Portugal), Ana obtained her undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Aveiro. Ana is fascinated by virology, host-pathogen interactions, immunology, and structural biology. Ana obtained her Ph.D. from Aix-Marseille University where she worked on alphaviruses with a focus on the non-structural proteins (nsPs) 1 and 3. She worked on drug screening to target the guanylylation enzymatic activity of nsP1 and she performed structural work (X-ray crystallography) on the Getah virus Macro-domain to better understand its ADP-ribosylhydrolase mechanism. After her Ph.D., Ana wanted to expand her knowledge in structural biology, and then she performed postdoctoral training at the University of Lübeck to work in the emerging field of “in cellulo” crystallography that uses insect cells to crystallize recombinant proteins in its intracellular environment and applies mainly serial synchrotron X-ray crystallography (SSX) and small-angle X-ray scattering/X-ray powder diffraction to obtain structural information. Next, she performed a short postdoc of 6 months at the Institute of Fonctional Genomics (IGF) in Montpellier where she learned mainly about the crystallization of membrane proteins in lipidic mesophases. Ana joined the Bajic lab to fulfill her major dream of working at the interface of virology and immunology and learning cryo-EM. When Ana is not working in the lab, she loves visiting her family in Portugal, traveling, walks in the nature (either near the coast or countryside), listening to music, and watching comedy shows.

anasofia.ferreiraramos [at] mssm.edu

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Jesse Mangold - M.D./Ph.D. student

Jesse is a second year M.D./Ph.D. student in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Prior to medical school, he obtained a B.S. in Biology and Global Health at Duke University. He completed a thesis and a gap year as a research technician in the lab of Dr. Sallie Permar at the Duke Human Vaccine Institute, developing immunologic strategies to eliminate neonatal viral pathogens, such as HIV, CMV, and ZIKV. In the lab, he hopes to earn the epithets of antibody aficionado, B-cell buff, and cryo-EM connoisseur. Jesse is excited to contribute to a translational perspective of the lab. Outside of science, he enjoys running in Central Park with Frontrunners, listening to lots of podcasts, and dancing with friends (and making Goran's social life more difficult since June 2021).

Twitter: @JesseFMangold

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jesse.mangold [at] icahn.mssm.edu

Iden Sapse - Ph.D. student (Microbiology)

Iden enjoys the B Cell Receptor, praxis, and poetry defined in the broadest sense possible.

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iden.sapse [at] mssm.edu

Alesandro Civljak - Research Assistant

Alesandro obtained his bachelor and master's degree from St. John's University, majoring in Biology. During his undergraduate studies he worked as a Chemistry, Biology and Physics tutor. While at St. John's, Alesandro was involved in research focused on leishmaniasis treatment. Alesandro also acquired the Certificate for completing the course prescribed by the COVID-19 STEM Community Education & Empowerment Internship, by the Cornell Center for Health Equity. Apart from educational activities Alesandro dedicates his time to volunteering at the New York Presbyterian hospital in Queens. He is also a passionate skier and a dachshund lover.

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alesandro.civljak [at] mssm.edu

Alumni:

Daniel Adelsberg - Research Assistant - (in medical school)
David Melville - Research Assistant - (currently at Harvard)
Clara Altomare - Postdoctoral Fellow