Bodamer Lab | Meet Our Team

Principal Investigator

Olaf A. Bodamer, MD, PhD, FACMG FAAP

Dr. Bodamer obtained his M.D. degree from the University of Heidelberg, Germany and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Saarland, Germany. Following Pediatric residencies in Germany and at the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, he moved to the United States for a fellowship in Clinical and Biochemical Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. Following his Directorships of the Austrian Newborn Screening Program as well as the Division of Pediatric Genetics at the University Children’s Hospital Vienna in Austria, he returned to the United States in 2010 to join the University of Miami as the founding Chief of the Division of Clinical and Translational Genetics and Director of the Medical Genetics Laboratories.

Dr. Bodamer was recruited to Boston Children’s Hospital in 2015 as Associate Chief for Genetics and Genomics, where he also has an established research laboratory. He is member of several Editorial and Scientific Advisory Boards, including Molecular Genetics and Metabolism, Journal of Inherited Diseases, Translational Medicine and Translational Journal of Rare Disease as well as of Patient Organizations (All Things Kabuki, Organic Acidemia Association) respectively. Recently he has been elected to the Board of the European Society of Human Genetics.

Dr. Bodamer has a busy clinical practice at Boston Children’s Hospital where he sees patients of all age groups with genetic disorders with a focus on lysosomal disorders and Kabuki syndrome. Dr. Bodamer is the Director of the Boston Children’s Lysosomal Storage Disease (BoLD) Program and the Boston Children’s Roya Kabuki Program. In addition he is active in several areas of translational genetics and genomics research, in clinical trials and in educational and teaching activities within Harvard Medical School.

Research Associates / Postdoctoral Fellows

Christina Y. Hung, MD., FACMG

Christina was awarded her M.D. from the Medical University of Vienna, Austria, where she was first introduced to the field of Genetics and Metabolism by Dr. Bodamer.  After her graduation in 2008, she completed 1.5 year of pediatric training at the University Hospital Salzburg, Austria, before she was recruited as a post-doc by Dr. Bodamer to join in his research endeavors at the University of Miami, Miami, FL.

Christina has since worked on the identification and characterization of novel disease-causing genes including RIT1, SOS2, SLC39A14 and CENPT. She was a semi-finalist for the Charles J. Epstein Trainee Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Research (ASHG) in 2012 and was awarded the Postdoctoral Translational Trainee Award from the Association of Chinese Geneticists in America (ACGA) the same year.

Christina obtained ABMGG board certifications in Clinical Molecular Genetics (University of Miami, 2015) and Clinical Biochemical Genetics (Harvard Medical School, 2017). Following her two clinical fellowships, she is excited to circle back to research and put her diverse training to use for the Roya Kabuki Initiative at Boston Children’s Hospital.

 

Research Coordinators

Tara Daly, M.Sc.

Tara obtained her MSc degree in Community Health Education from Merrimack College in North Andover, MA. She has worked on the development of multiple research initiatives revolving around improving health in pediatrics. During this time, she also acquired her certification as a Health Education Specialist. Tara is excited to bring her passion for helping children and their families to the Kabuki Syndrome Community and Boston Children’s Hospital.

 

 

 

 

Research Technicians

Lee-Chuan Li, M.Sc.

 

Lee graduated with a B.A. In Biological Sciences from the University of Chicago where he researched cell-mediated immunity against S. aureus in the application of vaccine development. Given the prevalence of MRSA infection within the Chicago community, this fostered a strong desire to explore the contribution of basic and translational research to clinical care. Lee obtained an MSc in Medical Sciences from Boston University. Here, he examined autoimmunity of membranous nephropathy, a kidney disease whose etiology is only recently becoming well-understood. A long term interest in understanding and treating human disease eventually brought Lee to the Bodamer Lab. He hopes that his efforts here will ultimately improve patient well-being.

 

Administrative Assistant

Michele Rowand, BFA, MALS

 

Michele worked as Dr. Bodamer’s Executive Assistant in Clinical Genetics for 4 years before joining his group at Harvard.  Michele has spent most of her career in academia, including the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science,  the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, and the Miller School of Medicine.

She provides support for his research and publications.