Tammy is a PhD student in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University. In the Sabeti lab, Tammy has diverse projects including exploring functional characterization of viral variants of ebolavirus and understanding host pathogen interactions in HPV infected patients. She also has a standing interest in all things reproductive biology, in particular the role the immune system plays to maintain homeostasis in the female reproductive system.

Tammy received her B.Sc and M.Sc from the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg in Germany where she studied tolerogenic APCs in the Heeg lab. For her masters thesis she moved to Boston to study parasite factors that contribute to Toxoplasma Gondii’s broad host range using genome-wide CRISPR screens in the Lourido lab at the Whitehead Institute, MIT with support from the German federal DAAD-PROMOS scholarship. She then worked for a year as a research assistant in the Rouskin lab, also at the Whitehead, studying mammalian and viral RNA structures.

When not in lab, Tammy can be found struggling to train for an upcoming marathon, struggling up a climbing wall or enjoying the city. She is a GSAS representative to the Harvard Graduate Council. She also has a borderline unhealthy obsession with shiba inus and will soon live with one (dreams do come true).

Natural history of Ebola virus disease in rhesus monkeys shows viral variant emergence dynamics and tissue-specific host responses
  • Normandin et al.,
  • Cell Genomics,
  • 2023
  • Infectious Disease
  • Genomics
  • Alex K. Shalek
  • Sergio Triana
  • Tammy Lan