Dr. Wainger is Assistant Professor Neurology and Anesthesiology at Harvard Medical School and an attending physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. He studied molecular biology as an undergraduate at Princeton University and ion channel physiology in the MD/PhD program at Columbia University. He then completed medical residency in the Partners Neurology Program followed by a clinical fellowship in Pain Medicine at MGH and research fellowship with Clifford Woolf at Boston Children’s Hospital. His clinical expertise spans the intersection of neurology and pain medicine.
After completing a PhD in the Epigenetics of Neural Development in the Livesey lab, at the University of Cambridge, and a first post-doctoral position at Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Joao headed to the Wainger lab to focus on the neurobiology and pathology of ALS.
Anna-Claire joined the Wainger lab in January 2016. She received her undergraduate degree from the National University of Ireland, Galway, where she majored in Anatomy.
During her PhD studies in the lab of Dr. Gareth Miles at the University of St. Andrews, she compared the electrical properties of iPSC-derived motor neurons from ALS patients and healthy controls to determine whether non-cell autonomous disease mechanisms contribute to the pathophysiology of ALS.
Her main research interest in the Wainger Lab is ion channel physiology, with a focus on how alterations in their function may lead to neurological diseases.
After completing his undergraduate degree in Biology, Yechiam pursued a Ph.D in neurobiology in the lab of Yael Stern-Bach at the Hebrew University, where he studied the modulation of AMPA-type Glutamate Receptors by auxiliary subunits.
Yechiam joined the Wainger Lab in February 2016 with an interest in applying stem-cell biology to study the altered physiology function in pain and ALS.
Dan received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Otterbein University and his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Brown University. For his doctoral work, Dan worked in the lab of Dr. Diane Lipscombe and studied the contribution of voltage-gated calcium channels to nociceptor function, inflammatory pain, and pain-related behaviors in mice.
Dan joined the Wainger lab in January 2018 with a primary interest in using human neurons to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms that lead to chronic pain.
Eugene joined the Wainger Laboratory as a research technician in 2016. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University, and does Image Analysis in the Wainger Laboratory. He is specifically writing programs to identify and track cell bodies.
Joan joined the Wainger lab as a research assistant in September of 2016. Her primary focus is on applying her statistical background to analyze data such as MEA data that utilize iPS-derived motor neurons and primary mouse motor neurons as well as investigating in vitro model for pain sensation using primary mouse dorsal root ganglia neurons and stem cell- derived nociceptors neurons. Prior to joining the lab, she received her Bachelors degree in both Neuroscience and Applied Mathematics in Statistics from Johns Hopkins University.
Kevin joined Dr. Wainger's lab as a research assistant in July 2017. He received a BS degree in both Cellular & Molecular Biology and Economics from the University of Michigan. He is interested in investigating the health of iPSC-derived motor neurons from control and ALS patients and their response to various drugs in a high-throughput manner.