Lab Members

Lab Members

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Principal Investigator

Kristin Knouse, M.D., Ph.D.


Kristin is a Whitehead Fellow at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. She received a B.S. in biology from Duke University in 2010 and then enrolled in the Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) M.D.-Ph.D. Program, where she earned a Ph.D. through the MIT Department of Biology in 2016 and an M.D. through the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology in 2018. She conducted her doctoral research in the laboratory of Angelika Amon, where she developed tools to identify and characterize large-scale somatic copy number alterations in mammalian tissues and then used a combination of in vivo and in vitro approaches to reveal the importance of tissue architecture for chromosome segregation fidelity in epithelia. In 2018, she established her independent laboratory at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and was honored with the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award.

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Gabrielle McCauley

Administrative Lab Manager


Xianyu Hao

Research Assistant


Post-Doctoral Fellows


Diana Gomes, Ph.D.

SNSF Postdoctoral Fellow



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Kristina Lopez

Graduate Student

MIT Department of Biology

NASEM Ford Fellow