Michael Springer

Principal Investigator




Sarah Boswellsarah2

Research Associate

Sarah did her PhD on protein folding before venturing into cancer cell signaling. Sarah is now a staff scientist in the Springer Lab and the Laboratory for Systems Pharmacology (LSP). Sarah works (amazingly not on yeast) on a collaborative project investigating connections between RNA splicing and transcription. She also provides RNAseq project and library preparation support for LSP


Nicoletta Commins

PhD student, Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS)

Nikki is interested in the mechanistic and evolutionary underpinnings of signaling network designs. She also enjoys playing the violin, petting dogs, and baking vegan birthday cakes for the lab.


Han-Ying Jhuang

Postdoctoral Fellow

Han-Ying is interested in building a bridge across the Charles River.




yarden_profile_smallerYarden Katz

Departmental Fellow (Personal website)

Yarden is interested in the interplay between amino acid and nutrient sensing in yeast, and in how these signals regulate the quiescent cell state.  Having spent too much time crossing furry animals in graduate school, he’s happy to be working with microbes.


 Ang Li

PhD student, Systems Biology





  Jason Qian

     PhD student, Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS)





Chiara Ricci-Tam

PhD student, Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS)

Chiara is interested in how simple designs in promoter architecture can direct cells to choose between conflicting inputs. A Californian with Italian roots, she tends to maintain diverse interests—hiking, art, teaching—with unwarranted enthusiasm.


Former Lab Members

Former graduate students
Kayla Lee, IBM
Bo Hua, Data Scientist, Quora Inc.
Jue Wang, Biological Engineer, Ginkgo Bioworks
Renan Escalante-Chong, Associate Director of Systems Biology, Immuneering Corporation

Former post-docs
Christine DeGennaro, Curriculum Fellow, Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School
Yonatan Savir, Assistant Professor, Technion
Ilan Wapinski, Senior Scientist and Head of Computational Biology, enEvolv
Jacky Jui-yu Chou, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan

Former rotation and visiting students
Jiayin Hong, visiting PhD student, Peking University
Ihab Boulas, visiting Masters student, Université Paris Descartes
Megane Matysiak, visiting Masters student, Institut Superieur de BioSciences de Paris
Julius Palme, visiting Masters student, Technical University Munich
Alexander Martynov, visiting PhD student, Skoltech Center for Data-Intensive Biotechnology and Biomedicine
Henry De Belly, visiting Masters student
Aakriti Jain, visiting Masters student
John Ingraham, PhD student, Systems Biology
Maier Avendaño, PhD student, Systems Biology
Kostadin Petrov, PhD student, Biological and biomedical sciences
Noah Taylor, PhD student, Biological and biomedical sciences
Adrian Jinich, PhD student, Systems Biology
Hattie Chung, PhD student, Systems Biology

Former undergraduates
Spencer Hamrick, Undergraduate, UT Austin
Jason Hughes, Undergraduate, UMBC
Esha Atolia, Undergraduate, Bioengineering, MIT
Chidinma Okani, Undergraduate, Interdisciplinary (Biology)
David Orozco, Undergraduate, Applied Math and Engineering
Anna Green, Graduate student, Systems Biology
Natalie Maria, Undergraduate

Former research associates
Pingfang Liu
Greg Foley