Meet the Team

We are interested in exploring the metabolic biology of cellular fuel usage and fuel flexibility in normal physiology and disease. We believe in a collaborative problem solving approach in scientific investigation.


Nika N. Danial, PhD
Principal Investigator

Dr. Nika Danial is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Department of Cancer Biology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Associate Professor of Molecular Metabolism at the
Harvard School of Public Health. She received an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from
Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular and Biophysical Studies from Columbia University.

Her postdoctoral studies in the laboratory of Stanley J. Korsmeyer at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
focused on the role of BCL-2 family proteins in mitochondrial apoptosis, where she discovered
a molecular link between cell survival/death regulatory pathways and metabolism.


Dr. Danial has been on the faculty of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School
since 2005. She also serves as Co-Director of the NCI-funded T32 Training Program in
Cancer Chemical Biology and Metabolism at Dana-Farber. 


Accalia (Calie) Fu, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Erika Portero, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Ines Leila Paraiso
Postdoctoral Fellow

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Pruthvi Gowda
Postdoctoral Fellow

Lara van Rooyen
Undergraduate Student

John-Paul Haley-Read 
Lab Technician

We are currently seeking talented postdocs and students
interested in molecular metabolism to join our lab. 

Send your CV and Cover Letter to Nika Danial

Lab Alumni

Dong Wook Choi, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow    

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, College of Natural Sciences, Chungnam National University, Daejeon, South Korea

Janine Comrie

Student in the Harvard GSAS' Research Scholar Initiative (post-baccalaureate) Program

Current Position: PhD Student, Nutrition Sciences at Cornell University, NY

Maria Del Carmen Fernandez-Aguera Rodriguez, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow   

Current Position: Scientific Editor
at Cell Metabolism

Pei-Hsuan Chen, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow    

Current Position: Research Scientist,
Vertex Pharmaceuticals,
Boston, MA

Elizabeth Lane, PhD

Graduate Student      

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Perrimon Lab, Harvard Medical School

Sofia Ribeiro Carlton PhD

Graduate Student      

Current Position: Senior Scientist
at Evelo Biosciences,
Cambridge, MA

Ana Lako

Senior Lab Technician

Current Position: Senior Scientist,
Bristol Myeers Squibb,
Cambridge, MA

Luisa Garcia-Haro, PhD 

Postdoctoral fellow 

Current Position: Senior Teaching Fellow in Medical Biosciences at Imperial College London,
London, UK

Illana Stanley, PhD

Graduate Student      

Current Position: Software Engineer, SignalPath, Raleigh, NC

Alfredo Gimenez-Cassina, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow    

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Ramón y Cajal Fellow, Department of Molecular Biology, Center for Molecular Biology Severo Ochoa(CSIC-UAM), Madrid Autonom University, Spain


Benjamin Szlyk

Lab Technician            

Current Position: Scientist, BioTx Design and Discovery at Pfizer

Erik Norberg, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow    

Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

Sanda Ljubicic, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow    

Current Position: Research Scientist
and Instructor in Metabolism, the
University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

Klaudia Polak, DVM

Lab Technician

Current Position: Clinical Pathology Resident at Colorado State University

Pilar Caro, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow    

Current Position: Research Associate, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Jessica Wiwczar, PhD

Lab Technician

Current Position: Scientist III at Alderon, Madison, Wisconsin


Mayowa Osundiji, MD, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow    

Current Position: Residency, specialty training in medical genetics at SickKids Hospital Toronto, CA, Laboratory consulting in clinical chemistry

Daniel Tondera, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow    

Current Position: Head of Biology, Pantherna Therapeutics, Berlin Metropolitan Area Germany


Amar Kishan, MD

MD student    

Current Position: Assistant Professor and Vice-Chair of Clinical and Translational Research and Chief
of the Genitourinary
Oncology Service, Department
of Radiation Oncology,
David Geffen School of Medicine

Claire Pecqueur, PhD

Visiting Scientist         

Current Position: Investigator, Oncogenesis and Targeted Therapies, Nantes Angers Cancer Research Center, France


“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” 

Albert Einstein