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Haley D

- Research Program Mentor

PhD candidate at Tufts University


I would like to mentor students in neuroscience, epilepsy, immunology, cancer biology, molecular biology and biotechnology.


I am a PhD candidate at Tufts University. My thesis project focuses on the development of a therapeutic to treat those with epilepsy due to mutations in sodium ion channels. Before entering my PhD studies I worked at a biotechnology company for two years. My work there was to understand immunological interactions between viruses and immune system proteins. Prior to that I received my undergraduate degree at Suffolk University and researched bacterial conjugation. Outside of work I am passionate about being in nature and crafting. I enjoy skiing and being at a lake. During the pandemic I took up knitting and macrame and still try to find to work on projects.

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Understanding the role of alternative splicing across neurological diseases

This project will dive into the molecular dynamics behind neurological disorders. Here we will research differences in alternative splicing between healthy patients and those with neurological disorders. Finally you can propose treatments targeting the differential splicing occuring.

Model organisms for neuroscience research

This porject will dive into different model organisms used in neuroscience research. You will research the current model organisms and detail their advantages and disadvantages as well as what therapeutics have been developed with this organism. You will also research and propose a model organism to be used in neuroscience research.

Gene-Editing Therapeutics

This project will consist of researching different gene-editing therapeutics that are available for the disease of your choosing. As well as looking into gene-editing therapeutics that are currently being developed. Following the research a review of the findings can be compiled.

Coding skills

RNAseq coding analysis

Teaching experience

I have previous experience tutoring and mentoring students while I was in my undergrad . I tutored students in biology, chemistry and math classes as well as ESL students in writing for a variety of classes. Along with tutoring I have also mentored interns while I worked in industry and continue to mentor interns I worked with while they are applying to graduate school.


Work experience

Repertoire Immune Medicine (2019 - 2021)
Research Associate


Suffolk University
BS Bachelor of Science (2019)
Tufts University
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Molecular and Cellular Biology

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