NF Research Initiative

Team

Our Team

 
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Director of NFRI

David Miller, MD, PhD

Dr. Miller is board-certified in Medical Genetics and cares for patients with NF1 in the Multidisciplinary Neurofibromatosis Program at Boston Children’s Hospital where he is the Program Director. He is also currently leading an effort to update the clinical practice guidelines for children with Neurofibromatosis Type 1. Dr. Miller is also an expert in clinical genetic testing and serves as a Medical Director at Claritas Genomics (a subsidiary of Boston Children’s Hospital). Dr. Miller received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, completed a residency in Pediatrics at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and residency/fellowship in medical genetics and clinical molecular genetics at Harvard Medical School. He is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and an active contributor to the Human Genetics course at the Medical School. Dr. Miller’s experience as a clinician who orders genetic tests and provides results directly to patients, combined with expertise in developing and performing clinical laboratory diagnostic assays, provides him with a unique and valuable perspective at the interface of genomic technology and clinical care.

 

Education

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
MD, PhD, Biological Sciences, 1999

UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
BS Biology; BA Chemistry, 1991

 

 
 
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resident

Diane Shao, MD, PhD

Dr. Shao is a Pediatric Neurology resident at Boston Children's Hospital. She is interested in the basic biology of malignant tumors in Neurofibromatosis. She received her M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard Medical School. During her Ph.D., she used genomic screening technology to identify new cancer susceptibilities, focusing in particular on the Ras pathway, the pathway directly affected in NF1. Her goals are to leverage results from cutting edge genetic techniques to advance understanding of tumor development, and ultimately translate those results into actionable clinical decisions.

 

Education

HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL MD, PhD, 2015

RICE UNIVERSITY
B.S. Biochemistry; B.A. Statistics, 2007

 

 
 
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clinical research coordinator

Katherine Piculell, MPH

Katherine joined the NFRI as Clinical Research Study Coordinator in 2017. Her professional interests include epidemiology, program development and evaluation, clinical research, and sexual and reproductive health.

 

Education

BOSTON UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
MPH, Epidemiology and Maternal & Child Health, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA CRUZ
B.A., Anthropology, 2008

 

 
 
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Administrative associate

Sarah Berns

Sarah joined the NFRI as Administrative Associate in 2017. Her professional interests include clinical research, marketing, and special education.

Education

BOSTON UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
MEd, Special Education, Expected 2019

BOSTON UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION
B.S., Communication, 2016