Christina M. Woo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Harvard University

About Christina

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Lawrence M. Valles
Laboratory Manager, Woo and Xie Groups

Larry Valles came to Harvard as lab manager in 2011. His previous work experience comes from Massachusetts General Hospital in the molecular biology department as the Assistant Operations Director.  Prior to that Larry was at Boston University for 10 years as laboratory manager for the chairman of the biology department and a facilities administrator for the Life Sciences and Engineering building.


Adelphe Mfuh, Ph.D.
Ph.D. University of Texas at San Antonio

Adelphe was born in Lobe Estate in the South West Region of the Republic of Cameroon. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Buea Cameroon, before moving to Las Vegas NM, at New Mexico Highlands University, where he obtained an MS in Applied Chemistry 2007. In 2012, he obtained a Ph. D in Organic Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. George Negrete at University of Texas at San Antonio. After his graduate studies, he was attracted to the group of Prof. Larionov Oleg at UTSA, where he had the opportunity to work on a number of projects including the total synthesis of the trichodermamide family of secondary metabolites, metal-free borylation of haloranes and heterocyclic N-oxide functionalization.  In August 2016, he joined the Woo group to study the interactions of small molecules within the context of the cellular proteome.

Daniel Ramirez
BBS Graduate Student

Daniel is a second-year PhD student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) program at Harvard. His previous research experience involved studying the role of SUMOylation on Influenza virus infection in the lab of Dr. Germán-Rosas Acosta at The University of Texas at El Paso. He also worked on the crystallization of nuclear pore associated proteins in the lab of Dr. Günter Blobel over the 2014 and 2015 summers at The Rockefeller University as part of the HHMI EXROP and Capstone programs. In 2016, Daniel joined the Woo lab to develop new tools to study glycosylation and probe their functions.


Hung-Yi Wu
CCB Graduate Student

Hung-Yi obtained his BS and MS degree in National Taiwan University, Taiwan, in Prof. Hung-Wen Li's lab with focus on protein-protein interaction in E coli DNA homologous recombination using single-molecule techniques. He then joined Prof. Christina Woo's lab in Harvard University, focusing on chemical proteomics.

Hope Flaxman
CCB Graduate Student

Hope is a graduate student in the Chemistry and Chemical Biology PhD program. She received a BS from MIT with majors in Chemistry and Biology and minors in Economics and History. While at MIT, she studied the metal-binding and redox properties of the human immune protein S100A15 in the laboratory of Dr. Elizabeth Nolan. She joined the Woo lab in 2016 to study small molecule-protein interactions.

Jinxu Gao
Research Technician

Jinxu Gao received her MSc in Chemistry at Uppsala University in Sweden. Her previous research experience included synthesis and characterization of novel drug carriers targeted to cancer cells and the speciation of heavy metals in ecosystems using HPLC-ICPMS. She is currently undertaking research on chemical glycoproteomics and interaction between small molecules and proteome using mass spectrometry.

Maria Brouard
Harvard 2018

Maria is a junior at Harvard College pursuing a joint concentration in Chemistry-Biomedical Engineering.  She has previously worked in the Joshi Lab at the Wyss Institute and in the D'Alessio Lab in the Oncology Biotherapeutics Department at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR).  Maria is a student facilitator for Life Sciences 1a, and she participates in various music and cultural groups on campus. 

Erik Owen
Harvard 2018

Erik Owen is a current junior at Harvard College concentrating in Chemical and Physical Biology. His previous research experience includes his work on transcription factor PU.1 at Dr. Bruce Torbett’s laboratory at the Scripps Research Institute and a summer characterizing non-model microorganisms at Synthetic Genomics Inc. In 2016, he developed an initial assay to quantify protein delivery efficiency to cells in the laboratory of Professor David R. Liu at Harvard. In September 2016, Erik joined the Woo Lab to study the effects of glycosylation on the regulation of signaling.

Jeff Naftaly
Harvard 2018

Jeff Naftaly is a junior at the College concentrating in Chemical and Physical Biology with a Secondary in Social Anthropology. He has previously worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Darrin Freshwater Laboratory studying the genome of zooplankton. Jeff joined the Woo lab in January 2017 to study the effects of glycosylation on proteins. In his free time Jeff enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee.

Group Alumni

Alejandra Felix