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Principal Investigator


Athe was born in Champaign, IL before moving to Gainesville, FL at a very young age and then to Chicago for grade school and high school – he continues to believe that the ’85 Bears are one of the greatest NFL teams of all time. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of California, Berkeley and his medical degree at the University of South Florida before moving back to Chicago for Medicine residency at Northwestern and an additional Chief Resident year. He completed his Infectious Disease Fellowship at the Harvard Combined Program before joining the lab of Dan Kuritzkes for his postdoctoral work on the mechanisms of HIV-1 resistance to CCR5 antagonists.

One of his colleagues correctly pointed out that regardless of any lab accomplishments, Athe’s greatest citation will always be his wedding announcement. He is the father to two boys, William and Andrew, and lives with his wife Hillary in Newton, MA. He enjoys the outdoors, running, and any activity that involves the beach.

Clinical Research Assistant


Alex graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA in Chemistry and Molecular Biology/Biochemistry. I am currently the HEAL clinical research assistant at BWH where I schedule and conduct patient visits. I also work on several ACTG and Gilead studies. Besides playing with my dog, Moe, I love to play soccer and go running.

Graduate Student


Fernanda is a PhD student in the Virology Program at Harvard University. She’s originally from Brasília, Brazil, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Brasilia (UnB). As an undergraduate she worked with tospoviruses, an important plant pathogen, but she’s now upgraded to human viruses, specifically HIV-2, where she studies the nature of the HIV-2 reservoir.”

Lab Manager


Francoise serves as Lab Manager for the Kuritzkes, Li, and Tsibris Labs and manages the Harvard Virology Speciality Laboratory of the ACTG.

Research Technician


Heather is a California native who received her BA in Microbiology from the University of California at Davis and a Master’s in Infectious Disease and Global Health from Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Although she attended a Vet school for her master’s, Heather hopes to pursue a PhD and continue to be involved in human medicine and infectious disease research.  When not in the lab Heather enjoys spending time outdoors, going to concerts, and training to run marathons.

Research Technician


Kendyll is a transplanted Floridian who had the choice to write something normal here but instead went with: “Just a crazy cat lady trying to find her way in science.”

Graduate Student


Phil is a graduate student in the Virology Program at Harvard University. He utilizes techniques enables by advances in next-generation sequencing, including DMS-MaPseq and ribosome profiling, in order to study HIV-1 biology and latency. Phil is an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan and amateur bird-watcher.

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