Principal investigator

Ruaidhrí Jackson, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator
Assistant Professor of Immunology

Ruaidhrí Jackson is an assistant professor in the Department of Immunology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Jackson received a Ph.D. in Immunology at the National University of Ireland Maynooth under the mentorship of Dr. Paul Moynagh studying the role of E3 ubiquitin ligases in Toll-lkke He then conducted his Post Doctoral Fellowship in Dr. Richard Flavell's Lab at Yale University investigating non-canonical translation events, mechanosensation and, enteric neuroinflammation in the context of mucosal immunity. Dr. Jackson is currently a Paul Allen Distinguished Investigator and NIH New Innovator Award recipient. 

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Pathricia Tilstam, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral fellow

Pathricia Veronica Tilstam is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Immunology within Dr. Ruaidhri Jackson's lab at the Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA. She holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the RWTH Aachen University, North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany. She completed her first postdoctoral training at Yale University in Dr. Bucala's lab within the Rheumatology Department, studying cytokine MIF/MIF-2 signaling in macrophages in sepsis and autoimmune diseases. Her current research interests include how mammalian protein-coding non-canonical open reading frames diversify the proteome and the innate immune response. True to her nickname "Trish the Fish" she loves spending her free time at the ocean and enjoys doing all sorts of water sports (snorkeling, surfing, paddleboarding, kayaking).

Rahmeh (Ro) Othman, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral fellow

Ro completed her Ph.D. in physiology at the University of Montreal and then joined the Jackson lab. Ro is currently working on the neuro-immune crosstalk in the gastrointestinal tract. Outside of the lab, Ro enjoys biking, planting, as well as spending time with her friends.


Quentin Richardson, B.Sc.

Ph.D. student

Quentin graduated from Georgia State University, where he worked with Dr. Richard Dix on the immunopathogenesis of AIDS-related cytomegalovirus retinitis. He then joined Dr. Darren Higgins's lab in the Microbiology Department at Harvard Medical School. As a research assistant in the Higgins lab, he studied the pathogenesis of Listeria monocytogenes. As a BBS graduate student in Dr. Ruaidhri Jackson's lab, he is broadly interested in the crosstalk between enteric neurons and other cell types of the gastrointestinal tract and determining how this crosstalk modulates mucosal immunity.

Lillian Rose, B.Sc.

Ph.D. student

Lillian is a graduate student in Harvard's Program in Neuroscience. She earned her B.S. in Neuroscience and Physiology in 2020 from the University of California San Diego where she studied degradative pathways involved in synaptic plasticity by analyzing lysosomal distribution and trafficking in pyramidal neurons and astrocytes in Dr. Gentry Patrick's Lab. In the Jackson Lab she is interested in the mechanosensation of enteric neurons involved in regulating peristalsis. Outside of lab Lillian enjoying crocheting, binge watching TV and walking her dog Skipper.


Ademi Zhakyp, B.Sc.

Ademi is a second-year Ph.D. student in Immunology at Harvard Medical School. She studies how immune and nervous systems interact in the gut. Ademi is originally from Shymkent, South Kazakhstan, a place with beautiful nature and rich historical heritage. Growing up she was exposed to a huge ethnic and cultural diversity which makes Central Asia so special. She loves snowboarding, ice-skating, biking, and playing guitar in her free time. 


María Guadalupe García-Patiño, M.Sc.

Ph.D. Student intern


Lupe is a Ph.D. student at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Dr. Paula Licona’s Lab where she studies the immune response against drug-resistant bacteria. As an internship student, she is interested in understanding the neuroimmune crosstalk in the gastrointestinal tract. She loves having fun with her family, practicing bellydance and reading.

Owen Searle, B.Sc.

Undergraduate research intern


Owen is a senior at Harvard studying Economics and Human Evolutionary Biology. Before coming to the Jackson Lab, he did research at Mass General Hospital’s Foot and Ankle Research and Innovation Lab. Owen is interested in discovering more about the inner workings of the immune system and the pathogenesis of autoimmune conditions, especially in regard to how findings might affect how we consider diet, exercise, and other lifestyle factors. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, hiking, cooking, and spending time in nature.


Keren Vigeland, B.Sc.

Research assistant

Keren earned her B.Sc. in Biology and Chemistry at Emmanuel College. Before joining Dr. Ruaidhri Jackson's Lab, she did clinical research in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Keren is interested in learning more about the complex interactions within mucosal immunity as well as the interplay between neuro infections, the immune system, and neurological disorders. Outside of the lab, Keren enjoys playing board games with friends, going to the beach, and karaoke. 

Olivia Venezia, B.Sc.


Rotation Ph.D. student

Olivia earned her B.Sc. in Microbiology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst before working as a research technician at Massachusetts General Hospital studying CD4+ T cell tolerance through the production of MHC-II tetramers. She is now a student in the Immunology Ph.D. program at Harvard University. Olivia is broadly interested in mucosal immunology and the discovery of non-canonical open reading frames that may be important for modulating inflammation.


Joseph Rone, B.Sc. / Rotation Ph.D. student

Abigail Harrison, B.Sc. / Research assistant