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Stefani Spranger

Stefani Spranger

Principal Investigator
spranger@mit.edu
617-715-5882
Education: PhD in 2011, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany

Stefani is from Munich, Germany and received her B.S./ M.S. in Biology from the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich. She continued her doctoral work there under Professor Dolores J. Schendel at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Munich, Institute for Molecular Immunology, receiving her Ph.D. in 2011. She completed her postdoctoral training at the University of Chicago. She enjoys cooking, hiking and is a passionate skier.

Postdocs

Tim F.

Tim Fessenden

Postdoctoral Scholar
tfessend@mit.edu
Education: PhD in 2017, The University of Chicago

Tim got his B.A. in biology amidst the redwood forests at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His start in the world of cancer research came after when he was a technician studying breast cancer at UCSF in Thea Tlsty's lab. Tim traveled east to Chicago where he did his doctoral work in Margaret Gardel's lab, studying biophysics and cell invasion. He has traveled farther east to join the Spranger team where he will focus on the motility and interactions of immune cells in the tumor microenvironment. 

Tim F.

Brendan Horton

Postdoctoral Scholar
blhorton@mit.edu
Education: PhD in Cancer Biology in 2017, The University of Chicago

Brendan spent time in multiple locations growing up, including Germany and several towns in Maine. Brendan stayed in the Northeast for college, earning his B.A. in 2009 from Boston University in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. His undergraduate research focused on oncogenic signaling in lymphoma cells. Brendan continued his interest in cancer research in the Cancer Biology Ph.D. program at the University of Chicago where he performed his doctoral work with Dr. Thomas Gajewski. Brendan’s graduate thesis focused on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of agonist anti-4-1BB immunotherapy. In the Spranger lab Brendan is studying more basic aspects of immune responses against cancer, with an emphasis on factors that mediate immune exclusion from tumors. Brendan enjoys cooking, running, exploring new bars and restaurants, and brewing deliciously well-balanced not-too-hoppy beers. 

Graduate Students

Ellen Duong

Ellen Duong

Graduate Student
eduong@mit.edu
Education: Sc.B., Chemical biology, Brown University, 2011

Ellen is from Rhode Island and received her Sc.B. in Chemical Biology from Brown University. After graduating, she studied the HIV antigen processing activities of dendritic cells and macrophages at the Ragon Institute.  She then pursued cancer immunotherapy research at Jounce Therapeutics. Ellen is a graduate student in the Biology Department at MIT.  In the Spranger Lab, she is interested in broadly exploring the roles of antigen-presenting cells in the tumor microenvironment.  Ellen enjoys writing, learning piano, and cooking Vietnamese dishes in her spare time.

Kim Nguyen

Kim Nguyen

Graduate Student
mikb@mit.edu
Education: B.A., Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of California, Berkeley, 2014

Kim grew up in the Central Valley of California and received her B.A. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from UC Berkeley. Previously she worked in Jack Dixon's lab at UC San Diego, investigating the function of members of a novel family of secreted protein kinases. She is broadly interested in understanding the crosstalk between cancer and immune cells. Kim dabbles in photography, appreciates travel and is fond of aimless walks. She likes eating good food too.

Undergraduate Students

Ellen Duong

Christopher Copeland

Undergraduate Student
ccope@mit.edu
Education: St. John's High School

Chris is from central Massachusetts, where he attended St. John’s High School. This is his first lab experience, and he can’t wait to learn more about cancer immunology! When he isn’t in the lab, Chris can be found reading, binge-watching television shows on Netflix, paddle boarding and kayaking, or practicing with his improvisational comedy troupe, Roadkill Buffet, here at MIT.

Staff

Paul Thompson

 

Melissa Duquette

Research Technician
duquette@mit.edu
617-324-4352

Paul Thompson

 

Paul Thompson

Administrative Assistant
milu83@mit.edu
617-258-0480