Zhixun Dou, Ph.D.



Principal Investigator

          Dou joined MGH and Harvard in 2018 fall. He received his B.S. from Nankai University, China, working with Youjia Cao, and his Ph.D. from Stony Brook University, Wei-Xing Zong lab. He trained with Shelley Berger at University of Pennsylvania for postdoc, where he pioneered the study of nuclear degeneration in aging and cancer. He is a recipient of the NIH pathway to independence award. 

          Outside the lab, he is a husband and a father of two daughters (and a cat). He loves classical music, and believes that healthy eating and good mental health are key to longevity.

Angelique Onorati 

Lab Manager

          Angelique joined the Dou Laboratory in 2018 fall. She received her A.S. from County College of Morris and her B.A. in Biology with a minor in Hispanic Studies from University of Pennsylvania. At Penn, she worked in Dr. Ravi  Amaravadi's laboratory focusing on autophagy in cancer biology.

          Outside the lab, she enjoys traveling and adventuring with her beagle. She loves dancing, especially the Argentinian Tango. She believes that smiling and exercising are key to longevity.

Maria Grazia Vizioli

Post-doctoral research fellow

          Maria Grazia obtained her B.S. in Medical Biotechnologies at University of Modena, Italy, and her Ph.D. from The Open University at Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori in Milan, under the mentoring of Dr. Angela Greco.  She did her post-doctoral work with Dr. Peter Adams at the Beatson Institute Cancer Research in Glasgow, Scotland where she investigated the epigenetics of cellular senescence and its impact on aging and cancer. 

          Outside of the lab, Maria Grazia loves running and doing yoga. She is passionate about traveling and exploring new places. Maria Grazia is also a diehard Inter Milan football fan. 


Yu Wang, Ph.D.

Post-doctoral research fellow

          Yu joined MGH and Harvard in fall 2018. He trained at Harvard Medical School, Junying Yuan lab, as a visiting Ph.D. student, and received his Ph.D. from Sun Yat-sen University, China, working with Dr. Haoran Lin. His previous research  focused on understanding the mechanisms of regulating cell survival and death.

          Outside the lab, he enjoys playing basketball and watching NBA games. Kyrie Irving is his favorite basketball player, and he is a big fan of the Boston Celtics. Yu also enjoys listening to pop music and believes a positive mindset is the key to longevity.

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