Research Coordinator: Kacie Hoyt, B.Sc., M.Sc.

Kacie works in the Division of Immunology at Boston Children’s Hospital(BCH) as a Research Coordinator to Dr. Lauren Henderson in the Chatila Laboratory. Her experience includes study design, database management, subject recruitment, and various laboratory techniques across the fields of vector biology, epidemiology, and immunology. In her current role, she coordinates subject enrollment and biosample collection at BCH. She also works in the laboratory to process biosamples and conduct Immunology/Rheumatology research with Dr. Henderson.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Xavier University in 2015 and her Master of Science in Infectious Disease Epidemiology from Boston University in 2017.​




Research assistant: Allison Marshall, MPH

Allison works as a research assistant in the Section for Clinical Sciences in the Division of Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her experience spans areas including study design, regulatory approval, research administration, subject recruitment strategies, and data management. She has supervised recruitment and study procedures of prospective observational studies, clinical trials, and has coordinated obtaining biospecimens to link biologic and clinical data. She received both her Bachelor of Arts and her Master of Public Health Degree from Boston University. She recently completed Postbaccalaureate Premedical studies at Tufts University.




Research Assistant: Alessandra Zaccardelli, B.Sc.

Alessandra is a Research Assistant in the Sparks Lab in the Division of Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital focusing on patient-oriented research such as prospective observational studies and clinical trials. She directs recruitment strategies, study visits and procedures, data collection and database management, including collection, processing, and transportation of biospecimens. Before joining the team, she was a Research Assistant in the Channing Lab at Brigham and Women’s Hospital studying HPV-associated carcinogenesis and has experience in the fields of virology, molecular biology and epigenetics. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Boston College in 2017.



Statistical Geneticist: Jing Cui, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Cui’s primary responsibility in the JBC is to assist with large dataset analysis for the Cellular Systems core, as well as working with the Human Biosamples Core’s analytical team to integrate phenotypic datasets with experimental data, including but not limited to CyTOF and RNA-seq.

Dr. Cui has extensive experience with large datasets, including GWAS, exome chip, and exome sequencing analyses. She developed new analytical tools to dissect gene-environment interaction, understanding gene hierarchy in disease susceptibility and clinical phenotype, and identifying functional variants through her studies with the various BWH research groups. She has served as the primary statistician for BRASS for more than 10 years, with experience coding data on clinical outcomes, linking biomarker and genetic datasets to outcomes scales, medication information, and clinical phenotypes.


Biostatistician: Bing Lu, Ph.D.

Dr. Lu serves as a lead biostatistician and provide consultation to JBC members on the use of state-of-the-art statistical methods for translational research. He reviews analysis proposals, provide guidance regarding study design, sample size and power calculations, and contributes to grant proposals.

In addition to providing JBC members with his expertise, Dr. Lu is a PI of an NIH-funded R01 grant to investigate the association between dietary patterns and RA risk. He has developed novel methodology to analyze cluster randomized clinical trials, and demonstrated associations between obesity, sugar sweetened soda intake and risk of RA, as well as of the protective effects of alcohol.


Programmer/Analyst: Xinyi Liu, M.Sc.

Xinyi serves as a programmer/analyst for the Joint Biology Consortium. She has strong programming skill and experience in various fields including Rheumatology, HIV research, biostatistics and epidemiology. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Shandong University and her Master of Science in Biostatistics from Georgetown University.