Lab Members

The Chinnapen Lab team at Boston Children's Hospital.




Daniel Chinnapen, PhD 
Principal Investigator
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Affiliated: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Chemistry


Current group members:

Elvira Sandin

Elvira Sandin  (Visiting Graduate Student – University of Lübeck)
Interests: I am a PhD student visiting from Prof. Dr. Markus Schwaningers lab in Lubeck, Germany. I am interested in the role of the blood-brain barrier in obesity. I specifically focus on how leptin, a hormone secreted from the fat cells, is transported across the blood-brain barrier and how this may influence feeding behavior.


Rick Duclos

Rick Duclos, PhD
PhD, University of California Berkeley
Interests: Rick is a synthetic organic chemist / biochemist primarily known for syntheses of sphingolipids and glycerolipids, including the endocannabinoids.  He is interested in the molecular organization of lipids in vitro and in vivo, including cellular lipid metabolism.  He is investigating at the role of sphingolipid structure on cellular endosomal trafficking of novel bioconjugates.


Xiaoling Chen
Xiaoling Chen
BS, UMass Amherst


Michael Rufo
Michael Rufo
BS, Trinity University

Interests: Mike is interested in translating novel lipid-based chemical conjugates to in vivo drug delivery systems. Specifically the delivery of peptides and proteins across mucosal surfaces such as the GI tract and nose as a new mode of treatment.


Kiara Blue

Kiara Blue
BS, Northeastern University

Former group members

Elisha Fielding

Elisha Fielding, PhD  -  Senior Scientist
PhD, Chemistry – Boston College
Postdoc. Scripps Institute, CA

Michele Pacheco
Michele Pacheco  -  Research Assistant

BS, Biochemistry  -  Northeastern University, MA


Emma Chistolini

Emma Chistolini – Summer Research Student

Paul Mykos
Paul Mykos  -  COOP Research Assistant

Valerie Kahkezian
Valerie Kahkezian  -  Harvard University Student

Daniela Maria Garcia-Castillo, PhD  -  Postdoctoral Fellow 
(co-mentored Dr. Wayne Lencer)
PhD, Molecular & Cellular Biology – Institut Curie, France

Alexander Losher
Research Technologist
MS. Chemistry – Belarus State University