Postdoctoral and Clinical Fellows


Postdocs and Fellows

Mohamad-Gabriel Alameh, Ph.D.

Mohamad-Gabriel Alameh, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Alameh received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Montreal, and his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Polytechnique Montreal. His thesis work focused on understanding the intrinsic and extrinsic parameters affecting chitosan-siRNA nanoparticle macromolecular properties and their effect on in vitro, and in vivo efficacy; a work that has led to better understanding of chitosan-nucleic acid design principles. Dr. Alameh joined the laboratory of Dr. Drew Weissman at the University of Pennsylvania as a Postdoctoral Fellow in 2018, where he leads multiple vaccine projects as well as projects to better understand the interaction of lipid nanoparticles with the immune system. Dr. Alameh is also involved in the development of novel proprietary lipids, adjuvants and display strong interest in mRNA construct optimization.

Dr. Alameh is the director of the Engineered mRNA and Targeted Nanomedicine Core.

Angela Desmond, M.D., Ph.D.

Angela Desmond, M.D., Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Dr. Angela Desmond received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005 and her doctoral degrees in medicine and immunology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 2015. Under the mentorship of Dr. Ellen Vitetta, her thesis work focused on vaccine development using peptoids, or peptide-like bioinspired polymers. Dr. Desmond then completed residency in pediatrics at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

She then undertook fellowship training in pediatric infectious diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia starting in 2018. For her fellowship research project, she joined the laboratories of Drs. Harvey Friedman and Drew Weissman at the University of Pennsylvania during the summer of 2019. She is currently investigating the mechanisms by which an mRNA-lipid nanoparticle vaccine candidate against herpes simplex virus (HSV) can protect neonates against HSV infection in a mouse model. Dr. Desmond seeks to integrate her clinical care and basic science research experience to develop vaccines that protect patients across the lifespan, starting with maternal vaccines that protect their vulnerable babies from severe infections early in life. She plans to leverage her fellowship training experience to transition to an independent clinician-investigator.

Garima Dwivedi, Ph.D.

Garima Dwivedi, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Garima Dwivedi obtained her master’s degree in Biotechnology in India following which she worked in a Biopharma company developing products for wound healing and cell therapy. She received a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Polytechnique Montreal in Canada in 2017. Her thesis focused on identifying the role of bone marrow progenitor cells in cartilage tissue repair variability and strategies to augment cartilage repair using chitosan and platelet rich plasma. She was a postdoctoral associate at MIT and Harvard University from 2017 to 2021. Her project focused on developing an in vitro microphysiological system from human knee joint to study the role of mechanical stress and inflammation in musculoskeletal disease biology on Earth and in Space. Dr. Dwivedi joined Dr. Weissman's lab in 2021 where she will be working on the development of mRNA vaccines against multiple infectious diseases.

Edward (Ted) Kreider, M.D., Ph.D.

Edward (Ted) Kreider, M.D., Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Dr. Ted Kreider received his B.A. in Biochemistry and M.S. in Chemistry in 2006 from the University of Pennsylvania as a scholar in the Vagelos Program in the Molecular Life Sciences.  He then matriculated into the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania where he completed his thesis work in the Laboratory of Dr. Beatrice Hahn studying novel pathways of HIV-1 immune evasion from host B and T cell responses. After completing his medical training, he matched into the Internal Medicine residency as a member of the Physician Scientist Pathway (PSP) at Penn and ultimately fast-tracked into Infectious Disease fellowship training.  He joined Dr. Drew Weissman’s lab in July of 2021 after completing his first year of fellowship.

Jilian Melamed, Ph.D.

Jilian Melamed, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Dr. Jilian Melamed earned her B.S. in biomedical engineering from Rutgers University in 2013. She went on to pursue her Ph.D. at the University of Delaware under Dr. Emily Day. Her thesis work focused on developing gold-based nanoparticles for siRNA delivery to glioblastoma and on Hedgehog signaling as a key mediator of glioblastoma resistance to chemotherapy. After graduating in 2018, she began working for Dr. Kathryn Whitehead at Carnegie Mellon University as an NIH F32 Postdoctoral Fellow, where she discovered her love of all things mRNA therapeutics. She joined Dr. Weissman's lab in January 2022 and works on projects involving targeted lipid nanoparticles for mRNA delivery.