Lab People

Naama Kanarek Ph.D.

Naama completed her Ph.D. in Jerusalem, Israel in the Ben-Neriah Lab, and her postdoctoral training in the Whitehead Institute, MIT, in the Sabatini Lab.

Naama is a Principal Investigator in the Pathology Department of Boston Children’s Hospital and a pending Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School.

Naama’s passion for folate metabolism started in the Sabatini lab when she realized how little is known about folate homeostasis in cells, in organs and in organisms.

Naama is also a hiker and an enthusiastic, although mediocre, biker, and if it would have been up to her, she would have gone to a different place around the world every month.

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Boryana Petrova Ph.D.

Boryana completed her PhD in Heidelberg, Germany in the lab of Dr. Christian Haering, and her postdoctoral work at the Whitehead Institute in the lab of Prof. Terry Orr-Weaver and later on in the lab of Dr. Sebastian Lourido.

At the Whitehead Institute Boryana developed a passion for mass spectrometry, metabolomics and metabolism and has joined the lab of Dr. Naama Kanarek at the Pathology Department of Boston Children’s Hospital as a staff scientist.

She will be focusing on metabolomics in general and folate homeostasis and metabolism specifically.

In her spare time, Boryana trains Japanese sword and other martial arts or finds refuge from the noisy city while bird-watching.


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Staff Scientist

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Adam Maynard

Adam completed his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Biophysics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. During this time, he developed an interest in the biochemical processes involved in human disease, specifically cancer. Adam is now a PhD Candidate in the Biomedical and Biological Sciences (BBS) program at Harvard Medical School in the Kanarek Lab. In his free time, Adam enjoys getting outdoors through biking, running, hiking, and camping. 


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Ph.D. student

Landry Cancer Biology Consortium Fellow

Alan Wong

Alan is currently a student in the Harvard/MIT MD-PhD program at Harvard Medical School. He completed his undergraduate degree in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology at Harvard College, where he studied axolotl limb regeneration in the lab of Jessica Whited. In studying the proliferative signals required for regeneration, he became interested in trying to understand how cancer cells adapt their metabolism to different nutrient environments. Outside of research, he enjoys cooking, going for long runs, and consuming all kinds of science fiction.


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M.D.-Ph.D. student

Margaret Zimmer

Margaret completed her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences and Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Connecticut where she studied the mechanisms of actin cytoskeleton regulation under the guidance of Kenneth Campellone, and played Division I Women’s Ice Hockey. She then worked in the labs of Nick Haining and Rob Manguso at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/the Broad Institute for 3 years developing and performing high-throughput in vivo CRISPR screens to identify novel immunotherapy targets. Margaret is now a student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) program at Harvard Medical School in the Kanarek Lab studying folate dependencies in T cells. Outside of the lab, Margaret is a full-time dog mom for Ace, a snow-loving Australian Cattle Dog mix, avid Chicago/Boston sports fan (in that order), and wannabe gourmet chef.

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Ph.D. student

Andrew Culhane

Andrew is completing his senior year as an undergraduate student of Biology at Suffolk University in Boston. He is originally from Sydney, Australia. Andrew is passionate about bioinformatics and computational biology and holds software engineering certificates from outside his degree. Metabolomics and folate metabolism are very exciting to him, because of their clinical applications, the rich, complex and large datasets associated with them, and metabolomics’ status as a major frontier of systems biology. Outside of research, he enjoys creating fantasy art and games. He also enjoys writing fantasy fiction, and writing and producing music.

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Lab Technician

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The Kanarek Lab is now hiring Ph.D. students and postdocs.

If you are a motivated and talented scientist, and you care about folate (or curious enough to learn why you should...) - please contact us!

We are looking for people like you to join our dynamic, young lab.

Our lab is a place where you can grow and prosper as a scientist and as a person.  Where your input will be significant and where every person can shape the culture and the future of the lab.

Please email: for more details

Join us!!!

Previous members

Nuria Vital M.Sc.  Visiting scientist 2019-2020

Anna Warren. Summer Intern 2020