Together, we move forward
- Williams College, Williamstown, MA, B.A., 1996 (Anthropology)
- Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, NY, M.P.H., 2001
- New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, M.D., 2005
Dr. Stephenson is a physician-scientist who specializes in infectious diseases and HIV immunology, and the goal of her research is to develop novel biomedical interventions to prevent and treat HIV and emerging infectious diseases such as Zika virus. In particular, she is interested in the design and evaluation of HIV vaccines and monoclonal antibodies that can be effective in the face of tremendous HIV sequence diversity, as well as in the development of Zika vaccines. As an immunologist, her expertise is in the extensive epitope mapping of cellular and humoral immune responses. As a clinical investigator, her expertise is in the translation of novel vaccines and monoclonal antibodies into First-in-Human, Phase 1 clinical trials, and she is the Director of the Center for Virology and Vaccine Research Clinical Trials Unit. She is also Associate Editor of Clinical Immunology.
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, S.B., 1997 (Chemistry)
- New York University School of Medicine, M.D., 2002
Christian Albrecht University, M.D., PhD.Hometown: Germany
As a physician-scientist, Dr. Juelg aims to link preclinical and clinical studies to identify and test the most promising immunological strategies to prevent and treat HIV infection. He is specifically interested in evaluating passive and active immunization approaches using broadly neutralizing antibodies and novel vaccine candidates. In close collaboration with other investigators at the Ragon Institute, Dr. Juelg is conducting phase I/II clinical trials that are testing such concepts and translating findings from the lab into the clinic.
Clinical Trials Unit Manager
Jessica Ansel, M.S.N., APRN, AGNP-C
SUNY Geneseo, BA Chemistry
Stony Brook University, BSN Nursing
University of Massachusetts Boston, MSN, AGNP
Jess is a native to New York and grew up in the suburbs of Long Island. She received her BA in Chemistry from SUNY Geneseo in 2010 and her BS in Nursing from Stony Brook University in 2014. Jess developed her nursing skills working on a fast-paced medical surgical unit at a community hospital on Long Island. While she enjoyed working as a floor nurse, she ultimately knew she had an interest in a career that could combine both healthcare and research. In 2015, Jess relocated to Boston, MA to begin working as a clinical research nurse coordinator at the Center for Virology and Vaccine Research. She quickly developed a passion for the CVVR’s mission. Jess graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston in May 2020 with her MSN as an Adult Gerontological Nurse Practitioner. She plans to use this degree to further her healthcare and research efforts. When she’s not working hard, Jess enjoys cooking, traveling, and attending Orange Theory Fitness classes.
Clinical Research Nurse Practitioners
Caitlin Guiney, M.S.N., APRN, FNP-C
Colby College, BA Biology
Regis College, BSN Nursing
Regis College, MSN, FNP
Caitlin is a native to Massachusetts and grew up in the suburbs of Boston. She received her BA in Biology from Colby College in 2015. After graduating, Caitlin joined the Clinical Trials Unit as a Clinical Research Assistant from 2015-2017. During this time Caitlin developed a passion for clinical research, while interacting with trial participants and doing community outreach. Inspired by her Nurse coworkers, Caitlin left the Clinical Trials Unit and went back to school in 2017. She attended Regis College obtaining her BSN and MSN. Caitlin has a variety of clinical experience from inpatient floors at Boston Medical Center to Boston’s Children’s Adolescent Gynecology Division. Caitlin served as the president of the Graduate Student Nurses Association while at Regis College. While obtaining her MSN, Caitlin worked as a homecare Nurse for medically complex patients. Caitlin is excited to be a part the Clinical Trials Unit again and work on their research efforts pertaining to COVID-19 and HIV and improving diversity in clinical trials. After work and on the weekends Caitlin enjoys stand up paddle boarding, biking, cooking and spoiling her pug, Moose.
Kate Jaegle, M.S.N., APRN, AGNP-C
University of Connecticut, BSN
University of Massachusetts Boston, MSN-AGNP
Kate is a Clinical Research Nurse Practitioner and has been with the CVVR since 2018. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston in May 2020 with a Master’s Degree in Nursing and obtained her BSN at the University of Connecticut in 2012. During her time at UCONN she studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa and provided care to the HIV/AIDS population which sparked her interest in Infectious Diseases. From there, she has worked as a staff nurse both in Connecticut and in Boston at Spaulding Hospital in Cambridge and New England Baptist Hospital. Her hobbies include skiing, traveling and spending time with family.
Clinical Research Nurse Coordinators
Diane Kanjilal, R.N., B.S.N.
Penn State, Bachelors in Nursing
Simmons University, Candidate, Masters of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner
Simmons University, Candidate, Doctorate of Nursing Practice
Diane comes from a line of nurses that stretches back two generations. She received her BS in nursing from Penn State University in 2006. Her nursing career began at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, working in the pediatric intensive care unit for four years, followed by three years in an outpatient medicine / pediatric setting. In 2012 she took a position as a clinical research nurse coordinator (CRNC) in the Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, where she gained experience in the design and execution of clinical trials. Continuing to follow her passion for research, in 2016, she moved to Boston, where she joined the CVVR CTU as a CRNC. She has the pleasure of coordinating some of the exciting clinical trials that are conducted within the CVVR, which include preventional vaccines and therapeutics for a multitude of infectious diseases, such as the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). She plans to obtain a master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner, and then her doctorate in Nursing Practice so that one day she can lead her own research studies and become a leader within the nursing field. In her spare time, Diane enjoys visiting local museums, biking around Boston, and building her skills as an amateur foodie.
Clinical Research Assistants
Lorraine Bermudez Rivera
Valencia College, General A.A.
University of Central Florida, B.S. in Biomedical SciencesHometown: Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Lorraine received her B.S. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Central Florida in 2020. During this time, she was a member of the Burnett Honors College, volunteered as a teaching assistant for courses such as General Microbiology and Quantitative Biological Methods, served as Volunteering Director for the Pre-Medical American Medical Student Association on campus, and was a scholar of the NSF funded T.R.I.P. initiative. As an undergraduate, she conducted cell biology research on protein disulfide isomerase and its involvement in cholera intoxication. Lorraine plans to pursue an M.D., PhD so she can actively address the health disparities present in both the research and the clinical setting. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, exploring Boston, and trying new places to eat.
Emmanuel College, B.S. in BiologyHometown: Branford, CT | Pronouns: he/him/his
Connor received his B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Health Sciences from Emmanuel College in 2017. During this time, he was a member of the Men’s Soccer Team, served on the Academic Integrity Board, and participated in Emmanuel College’s Alternative Spring Break, where he and other students volunteered their time at various service locations throughout the Boston area. As an undergraduate, he conducted clinical research at Boston Medical Center that looked to prove a method of quantifying fibrotic tissue build-up as a result of radiation therapy in head and neck cancer patients, and to hopefully improve treatment options and quality of life outcomes for future patients in the field. In his spare time, he enjoys exercising, reading, and exploring new parts of Boston. Connor is passionate about public health and infectious disease research, and hopes to go on to graduate school to learn how to better address the health care inequities that exist in the world.
Middlebury College, B.A. in Molecular Biology and BiochemistryHometown: Acton, MA | Pronouns: They/Them
Rachel received their B.A. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry in 2019 from Middlebury College, where they also minored in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies. As an undergraduate, they volunteered to teach STEAM concepts to local elementary school girls, led outdoor adventure trips, and took a semester off to hike the Appalachian Trail. While at Middlebury, their academic interests culminated in an undergraduate capstone project in behavioral neuroendocrinology which examined the impacts of exogenous testosterone on cognition in female rats as a potential hormone model for testosterone HRT in transgender men. In the future, Rachel is planning to pursue an M.D., PhD as they are passionate about improving the lives of their future patients and community members through applied and engaged research practices. In their free time, Rachel is an avid hiker and runner, a gardener, and a reader of too many books at the same time.
Cornell University, B.A. in Biology- Neurobiology and Behavior and Business for the Life SciencesHometown: Lynn, MA
Daniel graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in Biology – Neurobiology and Behavior and a minor in Business for the Life Sciences in May 2020. During his time as an upperclassman, he helped conduct translational orthopaedic research in the Andarawis-Puri Lab characterizing acute tendon injuries in transgenic mice. Daniel is passionate about the intersection of medicine, research, and business, as well as increasing the number of black physicians in the US healthcare system. He hopes to pursue a career as a practicing physician and entrepreneurs. He eventually plans to build a medical center in his family’s home country of Haiti. During his spare time, Daniel enjoys songwriting and singing, playing the piano, spending time with family, and trying new restaurants.