Massimiliano Cristofanilli, PhD

Research Scientist

The biological basis of progressive MS, both secondary (SPMS) and primary (PPMS) is poorly understood pathologically and is generally unresponsive to treatment. At present, the therapeutic options for patients with progressive MS are limited, and no regenerative treatment...

Violaine K. Harris, PhD

Senior Research Scientist

Dr. Harris joined the research lab in 2004, where she has been developing cell therapy strategies to treat multiple sclerosis. In particular, Dr. Harris and her team have investigated adult stem cells from the bone marrow an autologous source of cells capable of repair and...

Fozia Mir, PhD

Assistant Research Scientist

Dr. Fozia Mir joined the laboratory in March 2011, and is investigating oxidative stress and lipid peroxidation in multiple sclerosis.  There is growing evidence of the involvement of oxidative stress to brain damage in multiple sclerosis (MS). Lipids (fats) are the most...

Ying Liu, MD, PhD

Assistant Research Scientist

Ying Liu is a neuropathologist specializing in the pathological changes that occur in central nervous system diseases, including MS. She obtained her MD in 1998 from Taishan Medical College, China, and her PhD in neuropathology in 2003 from Fudan University, China where she...

Jerry Lin, BA

Senior Staff Associate

Jerry Lin has worked with Dr. Sadiq since 1996, where he worked as a research assistant at Columbia University Presbyterian Hospital under Dr. Sadiq and Dr. Norman Latov. As a research associate, he helped establish Dr. Sadiq’s research program at the MS Research &...

Tamara Vyshkina, PhD

Research Associate

Dr. Vyshkina currently works in Dr. Harris’ team studying therapeutic use of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cell-derived neural progenitors (MSC-NPs) as a strategy for repair and regeneration in MS. Dr. Vyshkina has developed cell culture and quality control procedures for the...

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Additional Staff

Laboratory Manager

Jaclyn Murphy, MS

Research Assistants

Marwan Alahiri, MD
Pak Ho Au, BS
Leslie Blackshear, BA
Danielle Blemur, BA
Sydney Chirls, BA
Daniel Gratch, BA
Mark Landy, BS
Ruth-Anne Langan, BA
Kelsey McDermott, BA
Benjamin Pagano, BA
Christopher Sears, BS
Bianca Ulloa, BA

Staff Associate

Valentina Stefanova, MS
Boxun Xie, MS

Senior Laboratory Technician

Xinhe Liu, M Ed.

Laboratory Technician

Michael Boatwright

Clinical Research

Andrew Sylvester, MD
Armistead Williams III, MD
James Stark, MD
Deneb Bates, ND
Dorothy Kurdyla, RN


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