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Mohamad Ali Najia

I am a bioengineer passionate about creating molecular technologies to understand biology, and ultimately, to improve human health. My research centers on understanding how stem cells make cell fate decisions in order to generate specific immune cells in a culture dish for potential adoptive cell therapies. I earned a PhD from the Health Sciences & Technology program at MIT under the mentorship of George Daley and Paul Blainey. Outside the lab, I enjoy sailing on the Charles River, hiking, baking, woodworking, and gardening.

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About Me

As a bioengineer, I am focused on building technologies to investigate the molecular logic of cellular decision-making and to understand how hematopoietic stem cells differentiate into various immune cells. I am passionate about pursuing science for the betterment of patients and human health. To learn more about my research, visit here.

I earned my PhD in Medical Engineering & Medical Physics from MIT as a student in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences & Technology program. I was advised by Drs. George Daley and Paul Blainey, which melded expertise in hematopoiesis, stem cell biology, genomics and synthetic biology. I am currently a Research Fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Broad Institute.

I am a native of Boston, Massachusetts and outside the lab I enjoy sailing, woodworking, traveling the world to experience new cultures, and getting creative in the kitchen.

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Induced pluripotent stem cells were engineered to express a protein fused to GFP and stained with DAPI. The fusion protein primarily localizes to the nucleus of cells.