About Us


Rene Maehr, Ph.D., Assistant Professor & Principal Investigator

Dr. Maehr is The Glass Charitable Foundation Term Chair in Diabetes and Assistant Professor in the Program in Molecular Medicine. He is also a primary member of the Diabetes Center Of Excellence and affiliated with the Program in Systems Biology, the Bioinformatics & Computational Biology Program, the RNA Therapeutics Institute, and the Immunology & Microbiology Program.
Dr. Maehr earned his Diplom from the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg (Germany). He then conducted his graduate thesis work as an international student at Harvard Medical School where he was supported by a Boehringer Ingelheim pre-graduate fellowship for his studies in cell biology and immunology. After having earned his Ph.D. from the Free University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands), he then moved to Harvard University for his postdoctoral studies on pluripotency and stem cell differentiation. Since 2011, he is Assistant Professor at UMass Medical School.


Krishna Mohan Parsi, Postdoctoral Fellow
PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy
MSc in Biochemistry from University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India
BSc in Forestry from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India


Erica Hennessy, Postdoctoral Fellow
PhD in Biotechnology from Dublin City University, Ireland
BSc in Industrial Biochemistry from University of Limerick, Ireland


Ryan MJ Genga, Ph.D. candidate
BSc in Biology from College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, USA


Margaret Magaletta, Ph.D. candidate
BSc in Biochemistry & Molecular biology from Rollins College in Orlando, Fl


Eric Kernfeld, Bioinformatician
MSc in Statistics from University of Washington, Seattle, USA
BSc in Mathematics from Tufts University, Medford, USA

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    Tran Tran, Research Technician


    Teagan Parsons, Research Technician