Sampson Lab | News & Events

December 2020: Our group got together for had our first Zoom holiday party. Food was eaten, drinks were drunk, we played Jeopardy, and Matt held the first annual “Sampson Lab Paper Plate Awards.” A good time was had by all.

November 2020: Welcome to the group, Anya Greenberg and Kati Carson! Anya is a recent graduate with a B.S. in data science from the University of Rochester who will be working with us on epigenomic profiling of immune and kidney cells. Kati is a Clinical Research Coordinator, who is moving from Washington state to lead our clinical recruitment effort for diverse #kidneyomics projects.

Fall 2020: Congratulations to Seongkyu Han for two recent papers from his first post-doc, both published in Nature Communications: Single-cell RNA sequencing identifies shared differentiation paths of mouse thymic innate T cells and Network-based machine learning in colorectal and bladder organoid models predicts anti-cancer drug efficacy in patients.

September 2020: Our group met at Matt’s house in a socially distanced manner for our first retreat. We had lunch and discussed ways that we could not only survive, but thrive, in the context of COVID-19 and our prolonged work-from-home situation. This led into happy hour and Baggo, where Alex (the University of North Carolina grad) beat Matt (the Duke grad) in a spirited match.

July 2020: Congratulations to Dongwon Lee for receiving the Manton Center Endowed Scholar Award from the Boston Children’s Hospital Manton Center for Orphan Disease Research! The Manton Center Endowed Scholar program was established by a special gift from the Manton Foundation with the express intent of fostering the early career development of promising junior faculty at Boston Children’s in the area of basic and applied rare disease research.

June 2020: Welcome to the group, Alexandra Barry! She is a recent graduate with a B.S. in quantitative biology from the University of North Carolina who will be working with us on genetic mapping of steroid sensitive nephrotic syndrome.

March 2020: Welcome to the group, Chris Benway and Seongkyu Han! Chris comes to us a computational biologist after completing his PhD at Tufts University and post-doc at the Channing Division of Network Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Chris will be focusing on leading our eQTL mapping efforts in kidney tissue. “Seong” comes to us as a post-doc from South Korea and will be focusing on sequence-based prediction of cis regulatory elements under primary mentorship of Dongwon Lee.

January 2020: Congratulations to Matt on his official appointment as Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

September 2019: Matt, Michelle, and Dongwon all arrived to establish our group in Boston. Matt got a welcome sign appropriate for a pediatrician from colleagues on his first day. The three of them got down to business pretty quickly in the dry lab. And they headed to Cambridge later in the month for orientation at the Broad Institute, where Matt is an Associate Member and they are all part of the Kidney Disease Initiative.