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Research Coordinator: Maria Taylor, B.Sc.

Maria works in the Division of Immunology at Boston Children’s Hospital(BCH) as a Research Coordinator to Dr. Lauren Henderson in the Chatila Laboratory. 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 undergraduate degree in Biology from Denison University in 2019. Her research there was focused on Conservational Biology and Plant Systematics. She has worked over the last year as an EMT and Medical Scribe.


Research assistant: Lauren Prisco, B.Sc.

Lauren has been a research coordinator for Dr. Jeffrey Sparks in the Division of Rheumatology, Inflammation and Immunity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital since August 2019.  She assists Dr. Sparks on various studies, including a randomized controlled trial investigating the use of Plaquenil to prevent the onset of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and a study screening for interstitial lung disease (ILD) in RA patients.  She directs recruitment strategies, study visits, data collection, and database management, including processing and transporting biospecimens.  Lauren graduated in the top 1% of her class from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in Biology.  During her time at Cornell, Lauren worked as a research assistant for Dr. Alexander Ophir in the Department of Psychology.  She also spent a summer at New York Medical College working in Dr. Paul Arnaboldi’s lab to develop an improved serodiagnostic test for Lyme disease.



Research assistant: Lily Martin, B.Sc.

Lily works in the Division of Rheumatology, Immunology, and Inflammation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital as a Research Assistant to Dr. Sparks in the Section for Clinical Sciences. She is involved in patient-oriented research including prospective observational studies and clinical trials. Her experience includes research administration, subject recruitment, and database management. She is also involved in study visit procedures, data collection, processing and transporting of biospecimens. Before joining the team, she worked as a Unit Coordinator for the Maternity and Maternal Special Care Unit at South Shore Hospital. She received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health Sciences and Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


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: Jiaqi Wang, M.Sc.

Jiaqi serves as a programmer/analyst for the Joint Biology Consortium. She has strong programming skills and a solid background in Biostatistics and Epidemiology, with experience in various fields including Rheumatology and Nutrition. She received her Bachelors of Science in Food Science and Technology from the University of California, Davis, and her Masters of Science in Nutritional Epidemiology from Tufts University.

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