Lab & People

The lab was formed in 2019 to advance how we analyse and interpret high-throughput functional genomic (RNA, protein, and metabolite) data to improve medical diagnostics and therapeutics. We enjoy rich collaborations across Cardiology, Neurology, and Pathology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and elsewhere. Our research is highly applied and leans heavily on bioinformatics, statistics/machine-learning, and cloud computing to interrogate large and deeply-phenotyped genomic and clinical datasets.

If you're interested in joining the lab feel free to get in touch using any medium listed at the bottom of the page.

Principal Investigator

Robert Kitchen, PhD

Dr. Kitchen received his PhD in Physics from the University of Edinburgh in 2011 and completed his post-doctoral training at Yale University under the mentorship of Mark Gerstein (Systems Biology) and Angus Nairn (Molecular Psychiatry). Prior to joining MGH and Harvard Medical School, he spent 3 years at Exosome Diagnostics where, as a Senior Informatics Scientist, he made substantial contributions to several biomarker development and companion-diagnostics programs prior to the company’s successful acquisition by Bio-Techne in 2018. He is an active member of several large and productive consortia including FOUNDIN-PD, PsychENCODE, and the Extracellular RNA Communication Consortium (ERCC); and he currently serves as co-chair of the ERCC’s Data Analysis working group.

Faculty Bio

Current Lab Members

Thadryan Sweeney, MS

Thadryan joins us following completion of his masters degree at Northeastern. An avid python enthusiast and a new R convert, Thad is jointly appointed with the lab of Dr. Saumya Das where he is working on several RNA and protein biomarker discovery projects in heart failure and cardiovascular disease.

Thad's Github

Yikai Kuo, BS

With a keen eye for design, and another Northeastern alum, Yikai is jointly appointed with the lab of Dr. Steven Arnold where he is working on biomarker discovery projects related to neurodegeneration. Yikai's web design skills were put to excellent use in developing the interactive visualisation of COVID antibody test performance for the MGB Center for COVID Innovation.

Matthijs de Geus, BS

Thanks to COVID-19, Matthijs' Masters project visit from the University of Amsterdam is purely virtual. Despite this unexpected logistical challenge, Matt is enthusiastically working to analyse a novel protein atlas of the Rhesus Macaque brain and understand how this relates to human brain development and evolution.

About us

The Kitchen Laboratory specialises in computational biology, functional genomics, and non-invasive diagnostics. We apply state-of-the-art statistical/machine-learning approaches and leverage the massive power and flexibility of cloud-computing to define novel biomarkers of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases, and various cancers.

Contact Info

CVRC • 149 13th St Charlestown, MA 02129 • USA
(617) 643-3449