Our Team

The Young-Pearse lab Summer 2020

Mason Arbery

Mason is a graduate of Harvard University and joined the lab in fall 2021. He is working with Yi-Chen to study the role of proteasomes in the modification and clearance of Alzheimer’s pathology using iPSC-derived neurons. Outside of lab, he enjoys running and following Atlanta sports teams.


Nancy Ashour

Nancy is a graduate of Wellesley College and joined our lab in summer of 2022 as a laboratory technician.


Zach Augur

Zach is a graduate student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program at Harvard Medical School and joined our lab in the summer of 2021. Zach’s interests include autophagy dysfunction in Alzheimer’s disease and the microbiota-gut-brain axis.


Aimee Aylward

Aimee joined our lab in May 2021 and has continued some of Lizzy’s work on a fluorescent synaptic release assay. She works mainly with iPSCs and neurons helping to develop tau knockout cell lines and has continued work on the pathology of trisomy 21 related to Alzheimer’s Disease. Outside of lab, Aimee enjoys reading and spending time in the city! 


Courtney Benoit

Courtney is a graduate student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program at Harvard Medical School and joined our lab in the summer of 2020. Courtney’s project involves the targeted investigation and functional characterization of genes implicated in neuropsychiatric disease using iPSC models.

Courtney Benoit


Renee Brathwaite

Renee is a Senior Administrative Assistant who’s been helping the Young-Pearse lab since 2019. She is our point-person for grant submission, scheduling, onboarding of new lab members and other administrative lab business.


Vicky Chou PhD

Vicky graduated from the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program at Harvard Medical School in the summer of 2022. Vicky’s project involves differentiating iPSCs into induced microglia and co-culturing them with induced neurons and astrocytes to recapitulate the micro-environment to best model neuroimmune interactions between different cell types in disease.


Ellie Grogan

Ellie is a Harvard undergraduate who joined our lab in the summer of 2022. She will be working with Alex Lish to investigate candidate pathways involved in the Blood-Brain-Barrier homeostasis and pathogenesis.


Yi-Chen Hsieh PhD

Yi-Chen joined our lab as a postdoctoral fellow in January 2020. She studies accumulation and degradation of hyperphosphorylated Tau in Alzheimer’s disease using iPSC-derived neurons.


Bella Kim

Bella is an undergraduate at Harvard University and joined our lab in 2022. She works with Courtney Benoit to study genes involved in neurodevelopment and neuropsychiatric disease using iPSC models. Outside of lab, Bella enjoys reading and curating playlists.


Hyo Lee PhD

Hyo earned her PhD from the Program in Neurosciences at Harvard Medical School in June 2022. She is studying Aβ clearance in sporadic Alzheimer’s disease using iPSC-derived astrocytes.


Alex Lish

Alex is a graduate student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program at Harvard Medical School and joined our lab in summer of 2021. She is studying blood-brain barrier dysfunction in Alzheimer’s disease using an iPSC-derived BBB model.


Gizem Terzioglu

Gizem is a graduate student in the Program in Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School and has been in our lab since Fall 2022. She is interested in how neurons and glia communicate with each other and how this communication might be changed or dysregulated in Alzheimer’s disease.


Richard V. Pearse II PhD

Richard is a Senior Scientist with more than 20 years experience in medical research. He has been with our lab since the spring of 2017 and is primarily responsible for RNAseq library development, data pipeline development, bioinformatics, and consultation.