Zachary Fitzpatrick, currently an undergraduate student studying biochemistry and political science at Louisiana State University (LSU), has worked in Dr. Casey Maguire’s lab since the fall of 2013. Zachary wishes to participate in a Medical Scientist Training Program upon graduation from LSU, concentrating his research studies on the development, characterization and clinical translation of gene and cellular therapies, with particular emphases on immunological disorders. In 2012, he worked with investigators at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, studying therapeutic viral vector-mediated gene transfer and immune responses associated with the use of adeno-associated virus vectors. During the summer of 2013, Zachary studied at the Pasteur Institute in Lille, France, investigating mechanisms of immune evasion in viral-induced cancers. While at LSU, he has worked at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center and currently has ongoing research endeavors at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, aiding in the development of a recombinant herpes simplex virus-based genome editing platform. Zachary also has interests in public health and in the ethical and economic issues at the forefront of gene therapy commercialization and is studying local and global healthcare policy at the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.
Bence Gyorgy received his medical degree (MD) in Hungary, from the Semmelweis University. After his graduation, he was engaged in research related to immunology and genetics. Currently he is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Deparment of Neurology,
Massachusetts General Hospital and the Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA. His main research interest is to develop gene delivery tools compatible with genome editing technologies (www.genedit.net)