Lab Members

The Mitchell lab is recruiting. Positions for researchers at various career stages are now available as well as places for undergrad interns. Please visit the Join section to read more.

Amir Mitchell. PI

Amir Mitchell. PI

Amir Mitchell, PI.  (CV)

I'm an assistant professor in the Program of Systems Biology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. I started my career in the interdisciplinary program at Tel-Aviv university majoring in Biology and Computer Science. Moving to the Weizmann Institute of Science I did my PhD at Yitzhak Pilpel's lab exploring how microorganisms can evolve to anticipate sequential changes in their environment analogous to classical Pavlovian Conditioning. Fascinated with the synergistic potential of combining experimental and theoretical approaches I moved to Wendell Lim's lab at UCSF for my postdoctoral studies. My research there focused on failure point in cell regulatory networks and uncovered resonance-like phenomenon in cell response. Currently I am studying how diverse cell types respond and adapt to dynamic temporal inputs in an attempt to uncover novel Achilles' heels in cell behavior.

Serkan Sayin, PhD student

Serkan Sayin, PhD student

Serkan Sayin, PhD student

I have received my B.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the Izmir Institute of Technology where I performed research at Professor Ahmet Koc’s lab which studies aging and drug resistance using S. cerevisiae. I moved to Germany to pursue my M.Sc. degree in Life and Medical Sciences at the University of Bonn at the group of Prof. Dr. Joachim Schultze and Dr. Marc Beyer.  Their research uses genomics approaches to solve complex immunology problems in macrophage and T-cell biology. There, I focused on genome engineering of macrophages by CRISPR/Cas9 to study long range DNA interactions. Currently, I am a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. I have a diverse background in different fields of biological sciences, and now I would like to challenge myself in an interdisciplinary area of Systems Biology. I have recently joined the Mitchell lab to work on evolution of antibiotic resistance in E.coli and plasmid partitioning. 


Alex Park, PhD student

Alex Park, PhD student

I love biology and computers, and aspire to be the best of the best. After graduating from Boston College with a B.Sc in Biochemistry and minor in Economics, I joined Korostelev lab for one and a half years, where I worked on optimizing drug concentrations for high-throughput screening via translation-termination bypass. During that period, I taught myself programming, and built my own computer. In order to learn more about research designs, I rotated in Phil Zamore’s lab for one year, where I was working to elucidate the mechanism of a piRNA protein called Zucchini. Now, combining both experiences, I am working on machine learning and neural networks to develop a microscopy-based platform to automate CRISPR screening. When I’m not in lab, you can find me running with my dog, rock climbing, or playing musical instruments.

Brittany Rosener, PhD student

Brittany Rosener, PhD student

Brittany Rosener, PHD student

I graduated from Clemson University with a B.Sc. in Genetics and a B.Sc. in Mathematics. There I worked under the labs of Dr. Leigh Ann Clark and Dr. F. Alex Feltus. In the Clark lab I used genome wide association studies to understand the genetic components behind Megaesophagus in German shepherd dogs and progressive greying in the general dog population. My interest in combining mathematics and genetics grew as I joined the Feltus bioinformatics lab. During my time there I worked on designing a novel clustering algorithm to differentiate gene expression shifts in a cancer treatment study. Currently, I am a first year graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Medical School rotating in the Mitchell Lab, with an interest in systems biology and bioinformatics.

Past lab members

Payam Khoshkenar / Research Associate 2017-2019

Nicholas Vecchietti / Research Associate 2016-2017

Fang Xie / Postdoc 2017


Haylea Tricia Northcott / WPI undergrad (MQP) 2019

Amanda Wylie Moulaison / WPI undergrad (MQP) 2019

Esther Rodeman / undergrad intern 2018

Sarah Akbar / high-school intern 2018

Andrea Karduss / WPI undergrad (MQP) 2018

Shaimae Elhajjajy / WPI undergrad (MQP) 2018

Jackson Coole / undergrad intern 2017

Kush Patel / high-school intern 2017