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.
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 Research Nurse Coordinators
Jessica Ansel, R.N., B.S.N.
SUNY Geneseo, BA Chemistry
Stony Brook University, BSN Nursing
University of Massachusetts Boston, MSN, AGNP, May 2020
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 is currently enrolled in the Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Program at U Mass Boston and will graduate with her MSN in May 2020. 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.
Kate Jaegle, R.N., B.S.N.
University of Connecticut, BSN
University of Massachusetts Boston, MSN-AGNP May 2020
Kate is a Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator and currently works on T003, a triple antibody infusion study. She graduated from University of Connecticut in 2012 with a BSN. 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 her current work. 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. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Nursing specializing in the Adult-Gerontologic population and will be graduating in May 2020. Her hobbies include skiing, traveling and spending time with family.
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
Emmanuel College, B.S. in BiologyHometown: Branford, CT
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.
Hill College, A.S. in Chemistry/Physics
Gordon College, B.S. in Chemistry
Tatenda graduated from Gordon College with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemistry – Biochemistry and Health Professions concentrations in December 2017. Her last summer as an undergraduate was spent at the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine in KwaZulu – Natal, South Africa where she performed question based HIV research under the mentorship of Dr. Zaza Ndhlovu. Tatenda hopes to pursue a career in medicine, public health, and HIV research. She eventually plans on going back to her home country of Zimbabwe where she hopes to positively influence the policy making in the government health sector. During her spare time, Tatenda enjoys watching TV, going to the beach and trying out different coffee shops.
Trinity College, CT, B.S. in BiologyHometown: Essex, MA
Anna graduated from Trinity College in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in biology with a concentration in biomedical sciences. At Trinity, she worked as a biology laboratory teaching assistant and has previously conducted research on Vibrio cholerae vaccines at Massachusetts General Hospital. Anna has long been interested in infectious diseases and is currently deciding between pursuing an M.P.H. in epidemiology or an M.D. to become an infectious disease specialist.