People

Emrah Altindis

Principal Investigator

Dr. Emrah Altındiş is an Assistant Professor at Boston College Biology Department and an adjunct faculty member of Joslin Diabetes Center (affiliated with Harvard Medical School). His research is focused on (i) functional characterization of viral hormones and (ii) potential role of gut microbiome and virome on onset of Type 1 Diabetes autoimmunity. Dr. Altindis’ primary goal and passion is to make significant contributions to our understanding on host and microbe interactions within the context of viral hormones and determine their role in human health and disease.

Email me: altindis@bc.edu

Martina Chrudinova

Post Doctoral fellow

Dr. Chrudinova received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biochemistry from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. She performed her PhD at IOCB AS CR and graduated in 2019. Her PhD research focused on synthesis and characterization of analogs of insulin and insulin-like growth factors (IGF-1 and IGF-2). Upon joining the Altindis Lab in July 2019 for her postdoctoral training, Dr. Chrudinova has begun working on characterization of recently newly discovered viral insulin-like peptides and their potential role in human disease.

Email me: Martina.Chrudinova@bc.edu

Scott Hsu

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Scott is an undergraduate Biology major on the pre-PA track. He wishes to pursue a PA degree and work in hospitals alongside doctors treating those in need. Scott joined Altindis lab back in the spring of 2019 and continues to do research with NOD SCID mice. Outside of the lab, Scott is the Vice President of the Philippine Society of Boston College.

Email me: scott.hsu@bc.edu

Tu Tran

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Tu is an undergraduate Biology and Neuroscience double major on the premed track. She joined Altindis lab in the fall of 2019 and continues to do research along with Qian Huang. Outside of the lab, her hobbies include running, raving, and making bracelets.

Email me: tu.tran@bc.edu

Robert Reiners

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Robert is an undergraduate Biology and Computer Science double major with a concentration in Bioinformatics. He is the BC Full Swing secretary and is performing for the club at Showdown this April. He is looking forward to finding how viral insulins fit into phylogenies with more established insulins.

Email me: robert.reiners@bc.edu

Amaya Powis

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Amaya Powis is a current Boston College junior, and an undergraduate research assistant in the lab. She has attained much experience with research techniques throughout her time at BC to help with her future in biomedical studies. In her spare time she plays violin with the Boston College orchestra and her hometown is Piscataway, New Jersey.

Email me: Amaya.powis@bc.edu

Amol Raisingani

Undergraduate Research Assistant

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Email me: amol.raisingani@bc.edu

Ruixi Huang

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Ruixu (Rachel) is an undergraduate student from China, pursuing a major in Biology with the concentration of bioinformatics and two minors in Music and Philosophy. She joined the lab during the second semester of her sophomore year. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in medicine.

Email me: ruixi.huang@bc.edu

Kaan Sevgi

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Kaan is an undergraduate biology major at Boston College from Istanbul, Turkey. He joined Altindis lab in the beginning of the second semester of his freshman year. He is working on the viral insulin project, and is interested in answering the question: Why and how do microbes mimic human proteins, especially the human hormones? Outside of the lab, Kaan enjoys playing basketball and working out. Kaan aspires to attend medical school after graduation and pursue a career as a medical doctor.

Email me: kaan.sevgi@bc.edu

Maximilian Figura

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Maximilian Figura is a sophomore at Boston College. He has been working in the Altindis Lab since freshman year and is also involved with the Jenks Leadership Program and American Red Cross internship. Max is majoring in biology and minoring in finance. He lives in New York City and is a first generation Polish-American. In high school, he was captain of the lacrosse and basketball varsity teams and is still an avid basketball fan. He hopes to go to medical school once he graduates from Boston College. 

Email me: maximilian.figura@bc.edu

Julianne Cutone

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Julianne Cutone is an undergraduate biology major and currently a freshman at Boston College. She joined the Altindis lab in the fall of 2020 and continues to assist with Martina Chrudinova’s research. Outside of the lab, she enjoys playing tennis and running. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in research.

Email me: cutonej@bc.edu

Former Postdocs

Qian Huang, PhD (2018-2020)

Michael Rak, PhD (2018-2019)

Former Undergraduate Students

Claudia Brady (2019-2020)

Yasmine Nousari (2019 Summer)

Aparna Naik (2019 Summer)

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