Dr. Benjamin Harwood received his B.S. in biology from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada in 2005. He then went on to work as a research technician at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. Ben moved to Boston and did his graduate studies in the Genetics program at Tufts University Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Science in the laboratory of Dr. Alan Kopin. He completed his PhD. in 2014 and is now a post-doctoral fellow in the Kopin laboratory. Ben’s research focuses on rickets, an insect specific G protein-coupled receptor. Using a combination of in vitro pharmacology and model organisms (e.g. Drosophila melanogaster), he is trying to better understand the underlying biology of this receptor. In addition, Ben is developing small molecule antagonists and validating rickets as novel insecticide target.
Molecular Cardiology Research Institute
Tufts Medical Center
800 Washington Street, Box #7703
Boston, MA 02111