John Higgins

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John Higgins' Lab

Statistical Dynamics

I study the dynamics of human pathophysiologic processes by developing mathematical descriptions of complex human disease phenotypes and how they change over time. The research combines medical insight, dynamic systems theory, and experiments utilizing microfluidics, video processing, flow cytometry, simulation, and large-scale analysis of medical databases in pursuit of two goals: (1) advancing fundamental understanding of the dynamics of human pathophysiology, and (2) improving patient diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment.

Recent Publications (more...)

Malka R, Nathan DM, Higgins JM
Mechanistic modeling of hemoglobin glycation and red blood cell kinetics enables personalized diabetes monitoring
Sci Transl Med. 2016;8:359ra130 - PMID: 27708063
Hosseini P, Abidi SZ, Du E, Papageorgiou DP, Choi Y, Park Y, Higgins JM, Kato GJ, Suresh S, Dao M, Yaqoob Z, So PT
Cellular normoxic biophysical markers of hydroxyurea treatment in sickle cell disease.
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016;113(34):9527-32 - PMID: 27512047 - PMCID: PMC5003247
Lu X, Galarneau MM, Higgins JM, Wood DK
A microfluidic platform to study the effects of vascular architecture and oxygen gradients on sickle blood flow.
Microcirculation. 2017;:ePub - PMID: 28129479

Recent News (more...)

2016-12-07: Anwesha Chaudhury (Higgins Lab) has been awarded a Research Fellowship from the Life Sciences Research Foundation for her project “Mathematical modeling of white blood cell population dynamics for disease prognosis.” According to the foundation, “Every year our selection committee of renowned scientists identify the top 5% of applicants from an international pool of more than 1000 postdoctoral applicants.”
2016-10-25: Our latest paper - Malka, Nathan, and Higgins. “Mechanistic modeling of hemoglobin glycation and red blood cell kinetics enables personalized diabetes monitoring”. 5 October 2016, Science Translational Medicine. 8, 359ra130 (2016)- is now accessible for free:

2015-09-28: Roy Malka from the Higgins Lab, has won the prize for best MGH Pathology poster from a resident or fellow this year for his abstract entitled “Patient-Specific Inference of Average Glucose from Glycated Hemoglobin: Toward Personalized Diabetic Monitoring with Precision Laboratory Medicine”. Congratulations, Roy!
2013-09-24: Harsh Patel (from Higgins Lab) presented an abstract at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry, and the abstract was selected as an “NACB Distinguished Abstract.” Only 38 out of 903 abstracts received that award.