Welcome to Volume 2 of the MGH Research Scholars Notebook, a quarterly roundup of recent news about investigators in the MGH Research Scholars program.


Stephanie Seminara, MD

Stephanie Seminara, MD
Bob and Laura Reynolds MGH Research Scholar 2014-2019

Dr. Seminara was appointed as chief of the Reproductive Endocrine Unit within the Endocrine Division of the Department of Medicine


Susan A. Slaugenhaupt, PhD

Susan A. Slaugenhaupt, PhD
Elizabeth G. Riley and Dan E. Smith Jr. MGH Research Scholar 2013-2018

Dr. Slaugenhaupt was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Society of Human Genetics. The board members assumed office on Jan. 1, 2018 and will serve three-year terms.


Nicholas Dyson, PhD

Nicholas Dyson, PhD
James and Shirley Curvey MGH Research Scholar 2013-2018

Dr. Dyson is the host of the Advances at Mass General Cancer Center podcast series. He recently interviewed fellow research scholars Raul Mostoslavsky, MD, PhD, and Nir Hacohen, PhD.


Raymond Chung, MD

Raymond Chung, MD
Kevin and Polly Maroni MGH Research Scholar 2013-2018

There's nothing tricky about keeping your liver in good shape, says Dr. Chung in this article on Web MD. It's all about a healthy lifestyle. “Taking care of your liver is far more about avoiding wha's bad than eating or drinking things that are particularly nourishing to the liver.”

Sekar Kathiresan, MD


Sekar Kathiresan, MD

Ofer and Shelly Nemirovsky MGH Research Scholar 2013-2018

This Forbes Magazine article discusses a recent commentary written by Dr. Kathiresan about the potential and limitations of personalized medicine in predicting the likelihood of developing coronary artery disease.

David Langenau, PhD

David Langenau, PhD
MGH Research Scholar 2017-2022

Dr. Langenau's research identifying the protein that drives the initiation and growth of an aggressive form of leukemia was featured in this Mass General press release.


Hakho Lee, PhD

Hakho Lee, PhD
Hostetter MGH Research Scholar 2017-2022

Dr. Lee was part of a research team that developed a keychain-sized food allergy tester that would enable individuals with food allergies to test their meals at restaurants or on the go. The device was featured on the Mass General Research Institute blog, in this article from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, and this news report from WBZ-TV Boston.

Cammie Lesser, MD, PhD

Cammie Lesser, MD, PhD
d'Arbeloff MGH Research Scholar 2016-2021

Dr. Lesser's research into strategies for genetically reengineering harmful bacteria to deliver beneficial therapeutics as a treatment for intestinal disease was recently featured in a blog post by National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD.

Harald Ott, MD

Harald Ott, MD
Charles and Sara Fabrikant MGH Research Scholar 2015-2020

Dr. Ott participated in two events at the third annual HUBweek festival in Boston this fall. He was one of four panelists at “When the Best Idea Fails,” which took place at the Paul S. Russell Museum of Medical Innovation at Mass General. He also spoke about  the science of organ regeneration an the Harvard Club in Boston, which was covered in the Boston Globe.

Mark Poznansky, MD, PhD

Mark Poznansky, MD, PhD
Steve and Deborah Gorlin MGH Research Scholar 2015-2020

Dr. Poznansky's recent research study outlining an innovative new approach to chronic wound healing was featured on the LabRoots website.


Jay Rajagopal, MD

Jayaraj Rajagopal, MD
Kevin and Polly Maroni MGH Research Scholar 2013-2019

Dr. Rajagopal was interviewed in journal Development after receiving the Dr. Susan Lim Award for Outstanding Young Investigator at the 2017 International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) Meeting. He discusses how a fish tank started a lifelong fascination with the lungs, the transition to running his own lab, and his optimism for the future of basic stem cell research.

Jordan Smoller, MD, ScD

Jordan Smoller, MD, ScD
Tepper Family MGH Research Scholar 2014-2019

Drs. Smoller was featured in this story on WBUR Radio (Boston) about the Partners Biobank at MGH and the role that precision medicine can play in driving the next wave of medical breakthroughs.


Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH

Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH
Ofer and Shelly Nemirovsky MGH Research Scholar 2015-2020

Dr. Taveras' research on the connections between childhood and obesity and snoring was featured on the EurekAlert! website (part of the American Association for the Advancement of Science). Her research into childhood obesity interventions was featured in an article in the Medical News Bulletin, and she was quoted in this U.S. News and World Report article on the link between sleep and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).