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Tanya M. Laidlaw, MD

Dr. Tanya Laidlaw completed her medical degree at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, her residency in pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital, and then entered an Allergy/Immunology fellowship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

She performed her research training in the laboratory of Joshua A. Boyce, MD, where she focused on the pathogenesis of severe asthma, respiratory inflammation, Aspirin-Exacerbated Respiratory Disease (AERD), and the pro-inflammatory role of the platelet and specific lipids in these disorders. She joined the faculty in 2009 and is now an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and is the Director of Translational Research in Allergy and Director of the AERD Center at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She continues to be dedicated to investigating the causative mechanisms that underlie asthma, respiratory inflammation, and nasal polyposis, and to exploring new treatments for these diseases.

In addition to her research and clinical work at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dr. Laidlaw enjoys long-distance running, spending time with her family and two teenagers, and traveling (once it is safe to do so).

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Kathleen Buchheit, MD

Dr. Katie Buchheit completed her medical degree at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY, her residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and then entered an Allergy/Immunology fellowship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

During fellowship, she performed her research training in the laboratory of Drs. Tanya Laidlaw and Joshua Boyce, MD, where she focused on the pathogenesis of nasal polyposis and aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD). Her studies focused on the role of innate type 2 cytokines, IL-33 and TSLP, in nasal polyps and AERD. She joined the BWH Allergy/Immunology faculty in 2016 and is now the Assistant Director of the AERD Center at BWH. Her research continues to be focused on understanding AERD and nasal polyposis, and she is dedicated to investigating the causative mechanisms and exploring new treatments for these diseases. She is PI of an K23-funded study investigating the role of B cells and plasma cells in the pathogenesis of AERD and nasal polyps. She is also involved in several studies that investigate the mechanism by which newly developed biologics may help as a treatment for nasal polyposis. Clinically, she focuses her practice primarily on the treatment of patients with chronic rhinosinusitis and AERD.

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Aaqib Sohail, PhD

Aaqib is a Postdoctoral Fellow who joined the lab in 2020 after completing his PhD at the Twincore Center for Experimental and Clinical Infection Research in Hannover, Germany, which was focused on use of a human lung tissue explant model for functional biomarker studies in the early phase of infections. His research interests include host-pathogen interactions, immunology and cell biology, vaccine development, and disease biomarkers and transcriptomics.

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Jillian Benkso, PA-C

Jillian graduated from Skidmore College with her undergraduate degree in Health and Exercise studies.  She then worked in the Asthma Research Center here at Brigham and Women’s Hospital as a research assistant, working on AERD studies. She went on to earn her Master’s in Physician Assistant Study from Providence College in 2018. Jillian joined the team in March 2019 and oversees all regulatory requirements for new and ongoing research projects, and coordinates all new patient visits for either clinical consultation or research participation.

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Lily Li, MD

Dr. Lily Li completed her medical degree at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine in Cleveland, OH, her residency in internal medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City, NY, and then entered an Allergy/Immunology fellowship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Li is currently completing her fourth year of fellowship. Her research focuses on understanding the impact of reported nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) allergies on physician practice patterns, medication prescribing, and patient outcomes in diverse patient populations. She is also leading studies to identify risk factors for the presence and persistence of immune-mediated NSAID allergy. Her clinical practice is focused primarily on the evaluation and management of patients with aspirin and NSAID allergies through the BWH NSAID Allergy Clinic, which she helped to establish in 2019. The ultimate goal of her work is to improve the safety and quality of care for drug-allergic patients.

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Jyotsna Mullur, MD

Dr. Jyotsna Mullur is a second-year fellow in Allergy & Immunology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She graduated from Brown University with a degree in neuroscience. She earned her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  Dr. Mullur’s research focuses on the impact of biologic medications on clinical outcomes and healthcare utilization in AERD. She is running the 2-Year Follow-up of AERD Registry (2-FAR) Study.

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Alanna McGill, BA

Alanna graduated in May 2021 from Hamilton College where she majored in Neuroscience. She is an AERD clinical research coordinator and planning to go to PA school in the future. In her free time, she enjoys going for runs and taking her dog for walks.

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Tessa Ryan, BA

Tessa graduated in May 2021 from Hamilton College where she double majored in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and Hispanic Studies. She is an AERD patient coordinator and planning to go to medical school in the future. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and playing lacrosse.

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Jonathan Hacker, BA

Jonathan graduated in May 2020 from Hamilton College where he majored in Neuroscience. He joined our team in June 2020 as our team’s full-time laboratory technician. In his free time he enjoys going fishing. He plans to pursue a PhD in health sciences.

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Kara VanGuilder, BS

Kara graduated from the University at Albany with a B.A. in Psychology. She is thrilled to be supporting the Laidlaw Lab team in an administrative role. On the weekends she enjoys spending her time on Martha’s Vineyard and playing tennis with her friends.

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