Current Members

Katya Heldwein, PhD, Principal Investigator

American Cancer Society (Massachusetts Division) Endowed Professor of Molecular Biology

Katya received her PhD from Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, OR where she studied ligand recognition by bacterial transcription regulators using x-ray crystallography in the laboratory of Richard Brennan. She then did her postdoctoral work at Harvard Medical School in the laboratory of Stephen Harrison where she initially worked on clathrin adaptor complexes and later delved into herpesvirus cell entry. She opened her own laboratory at Tufts University School of Medicine in the Fall of 2006.



Elizabeth Draganova, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

Elizabeth received her PhD in Chemistry from Georgia State University after completing her BS in Biochemistry from Kennesaw State University. She is interested in understanding the structural and mechanistic features of the HSV-1 nuclear egress complex by utilizing a variety of biochemical and biophysical techniques.



Andrea Koenigsberg, PhD Student, Molecular Microbiology Program

Andrea received a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Bowdoin College shortly before starting her graduate training. Andrea’s project focuses on conserved tegument proteins that are necessary for capsid trafficking and characterizing their interactions with unidentified viral and host partners.





Anshumali Mittal, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

Anshumali joined our lab after receiving his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Zurich and completing fellowships at the University of Utah and the Francis Crick Institute, London.




Adam Hilterbrand, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

Adam received his PhD in Microbiology from the University of Texas, Austin.  He has just started working in lab to understand HSV-1 entry mechanism.




Michael Thorsen, PhD Student, CMDB Program

Mike graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and is just beginning his project in the lab.





Ellen White, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

Ellen came to us from Yale University, where she received her PhD in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry after completing her BS in Chemistry at James Madison University. Ellen is working on isolating and characterizing the prefusion form of gB.