Lab Members

Lab Members

Principal Investigator

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


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Kristin is the Whitehead Career Development Professor in the MIT Department of Biology and the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer 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 understand the prevalence and prevention of large-scale DNA copy number alterations in mammalian tissues. In 2018, she joined the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research as a Whitehead Fellow and was honored with the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award. There, she transitioned her research to building tools to understand and modulate regenerative capacity across tissues. In July 2021, she joined the MIT Department of Biology and Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research as an Assistant Professor.

Staff and Trainees

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Judy Teixeira

Administrative Assistant


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Joanie Mok, Ph.D.

Lab Manager


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Xianyu Hao

Research Assistant



Diana Gomes, Ph.D.

SNSF Postdoctoral Fellow


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Kristina Lopez

Graduate Student

MIT Department of Biology

NASEM Ford Fellow


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Julia Van Goor

Graduate Student

MIT Department of Biology


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Iñaki Villanueva Piedrabuena

Master's Student

Valencian International University


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Chloe Swanson

Undergraduate Student