Miguel defended his PhD thesis in Gothenburg University, Sweden, where he conducted research on Dendritic Cells and bacterial infections. Postdoctoral studies followed at UCSD, still working on Dendritic Cells, but this time focused on viral infections and Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Miguel started at BioLegend in August 2012 as a Technical Service Scientist and helping with marketing projects. One of his favorite hobbies is photography, which he has recently re-taken after a break. He also likes drawing, but that has been on an even longer break (with no signs of recovery). September 2011 was not a good time, when R.E.M. decided to disband. Luckily, Bob Dylan can’t split from himself (although some people may argue he tried...).
Anna Cartier, PhD Neuroscience Product Manager
Dr. Anna Cartier received her PhD in Infection Biology from the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden where she studied the mechanisms by which HSV-1 blocks apoptosis of infected cells. Dr. Cartier then continued her studies as a post-doctoral fellow and Project Scientist at UCSD, where her primary interests focused on identifying de-ubiquitinating enzymes that regulate neuronal plasticity and are involved in neurodegenerative disorders. In 2012, Dr. Cartier joined ICB International, Inc. as Associate Director, where she worked on developing diagnostic and therapeutic biologics for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Cartier Joined BioLegend as the Neuroscience Product Manager in 2016 and she is looking forward to making great contributions to the Neuroscience Division of the company. Anna is an avid reader of science fiction/fantasy books, loves painting and chilling with her guinea pigs. She hopes to live in a ranch surrounded by nature and lots of pets one day!
Ken Lau, PhD Technical Marketing Manager
Ken received his PhD from the University of Florida while focusing on the interaction between gut bacteria, Th17 cells, and Type 1 Diabetes onset. After graduating, Ken joined BioLegend as a Technical Marketing Scientist, helping with customer inquiries and designing unique scientific content for the website and literature. He enjoys gaming, the gym, and managing his aquarium. His favorite movies include Sin City, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and the Dark Knight.
Mohar Chattopadhyay, PhD Product Manager
Mohar received her PhD from Stony Brook University, NY, where she studied the biological roles and regulation of the different PI3-Kinase isoforms. After her PhD, Mohar decided it was time for a change of scenery, and especially the weather, and so moved to sunny Southern California. Here, she continued her work on the PI3-Kinase pathway in her post-doctoral studies at the Moores Cancer Center, UCSD, where she investigated the role of PTEN in Glioblastoma and Medulloblastoma brain tumors, cancer stem cells and the DNA damage repair pathway. Mohar joined BioLegend as a Technical Service Scientist, providing support to customers with technical queries and helping with marketing projects. Mohar enjoys traveling, painting, theatre and singing. She is currently learning Spanish with the hope of traveling like the locals when she gets the chance to go hiking up to Machu Picchu someday.
Rea Dabelic, PhD Technical Service Scientist II
Rea earned her PhD from the University of Florida, where she studied the anti-viral and anti-inflammatory effects of peptide mimetics of the interferon signaling pathway. She decided to move from small-town Gainesville to the Big Apple to do her postdoctoral studies at Columbia University, where she built the famous Wall of Polio using plates from thousands of plaque assays. Rea also studied respiratory viruses lurking in the NYC subway system. After a few years of not seeing sunlight, she decided to join BioLegend in beautiful San Diego as a Technical Service Scientist. Rea is a lover of all furry four-legged creatures, especially rabbits, and spends her time volunteering with the House Rabbit Society. On weekends, Rea can be found driving around Southern California looking for new places to photograph and singing loudly in her car.
Kenta Yamamoto, PhD Technical Service Scientist
Kenta received his PhD from Columbia University, where he studied the roles of DNA repair factors in lymphocyte development and the suppression of lymphomas using mouse models. After finishing his degree in New York, he swapped coasts and joined BioLegend as a technical service scientist in May of 2016. Aside from assuming his roles at BioLegend, you can find him teaching his dog new tricks, watching sports of all kinds (go Patriots/Celtics/Red Sox/Bruins/Arsenal), playing soccer, swimming, running, and fishing. Anything outdoors, he’s game!
Sarah Puhr, PhD Technical Service Scientist
Sarah received her PhD from Columbia University, where she characterized regulatory T cells that accumulate in the brain during central nervous system viral infection, a project that melded her interests in neurobiology and immune regulation. Sarah was happy to leave the fetid humidity of NYC for the permanently perfect weather of San Diego. She also enjoys cooking, hiking with her dog, reading Calvin and Hobbes, and gardening.
Dzung Nguyen, PhD Director, Marketing
Dzung received his PhD from John Hopkins University studying the role of lipid rafts in the biology of HIV. He did post-doctoral studies at the National Institute on Aging and at UCSD, investigating the role of cholesterol in chemokine receptor function and the immunology of sialic acids. Dzung started at BioLegend in the role of Technical Service Scientist and is now Director of Technical Marketing. He enjoys playing guitar, writing music, making movies, and Clash of Clans. His favorite movie line is from the Fellowship of the Ring, “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”