Research Open Mic
3:40 – 4:10 PM | Bornstein Amphitheater

4 postdocs will compete by presenting their research – come find out who wins and gets the $1,000 prize.

About The Open Mic

On November 7th, four brave postdocs will take the stage in a fast and friendly competition as they pitch their research to the public!

They will have less than five minutes to captivate the audience through their enthusiasm, clarity of content, and the compelling nature of their work. The champion will win a $1,000 prize!

Come witness this exciting Open Mic to support our postdoc community and help us appraise some of best research the hospital has to offer. This is an event that you won’t want to miss!

Emcee / Chair

Deepak Bhere, PhD
Research Fellow in Neurosurgery
Center for Stem Cell Therapeutics & Imaging, Brigham & Women’s Hospital

Pitch Contestants

Yupeng Tu, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, BWH Radiology, Ali Hafezi-Moghadam Lab

Christopher Benway, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Channing Division of Network Medicine
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Harvard Medical School

Krinio Giannikou, PhD, MSc, BSc
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Sponsored Fellow in Dana Farber Cancer Institute

Sarah Boukezzi, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Division of Women’s Health at BWH


Christopher Benway, PhD

Christopher Benway received his Ph.D. in Genetics from Tufts University Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences studying the role of microRNA expression and gene regulation in calcineurin inhibitor-induced nephrotoxicity. He joined the Channing Lab at BWH in 2017 to identify and investigate the functional role of genetic variants in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Sarah Boukezzi, PhD

Dr. Sarah Boukezzi is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the Division of Women’s Health. Sarah received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from Aix-Marseille University, France. She has long been interested in the understanding of some psychiatric disorders such as autism, schizophrenia and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). During her Ph.D. she studied the neural mechanisms underlying PTSD and its recovery following Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy by using behavioral, psychophysiological and neuroimaging methodologies. She particularly explored functional brain activity of the reward and fear circuitries to characterize their implication in PTSD symptomatology.

As a postdoctoral fellow at BWH, Sarah aims to understand the factors that drive appetite, mood-related eating behaviors, and weight change. She is currently working on projects dealing with stress-induced eating in major depressive disorder, postmenopausal neurocognitive decline in women with obesity, and neurohormonal predictors of response to weigh loss therapies. Her goal is to contribute to the amelioration of negative health outcomes associated with stress-related psychiatric disorders.

Yupeng Tu, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow in Ali Hafeizi-Moghadam Lab in the Radiology Dept. at Brigham and Women’s hospital. The lab focuses on diabetic complications, and in particular, diabetic retinopathy. Research interests include mechanisms and interactions at protein level, and their potential clinical implications. Ph.D. training in x-ray crystallography and biochemistry from Brandeis University, enjoys tennis and snowboarding when minds shift away from science.

Deepak Bhere, PhD

Deepak Bhere is currently a Research Fellow at the Center for Stem Cell Therapeutics and Imaging within the Neurosurgery Department at BWH. His research is focused on developing novel cell based therapies for Glioblastoma. Deepak serves at the Vice President of Communications for the BWH Postdoctoral Leadership Council and also is the co-chair of the Networking Committee. Deepak is a member of the Leadership Planning Committee for the New England events of National Brain Tumor Society. As the Director of Operations for SimplyJith Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Massachusetts; he actively works on developing programs to improve healthcare and education in rural communities in India.

Krinio Giannikou, PhD

Dr. Krinio Giannikou obtained her Ph.D in Medical Genetics from the University of Athens in Greece, 2014. During her thesis, she studied the genetic basis of intellectual disability of unknown etiology in children using array-CGH technology. Her scientific interests focus on genetics of neurocutaneous syndromes, brain malformations, epilepsy and cancer genetics and epigenetics. After a 6-month-training in Neurosurgery Department of Yale University, in 2015 she joined Kwiatkowski lab at BWH-HMS as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. She is also a Sponsored Research Fellow in Dana Farber Cancer Institute and affiliated member of Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Her current research focuses on genetics and epigenetics of Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC)-related tumors and LAM disease, mosaicism in TSC as well as advanced PEComa tumors with metastatic potential to identify novel and more efficient therapeutic targets. Her research work is funded by Department of Defense/ Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program Postdoctoral Development Award and Onassis Foundation,Special Grant and Support Program for Scholars’ Association Members.