MIT Microbiology Alumni
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MIT Microbiology Alumni
Cervantes, Bernardo
Entry Year: 2015
Prather Lab and Collins Lab

BS: University of California, Berkeley

Ph.D.: MIT Sep. 2020
Currently: Co-Founder, Concerto Biosciences Inc. Allston, MA.

Thesis: Tool development for the rapid identification of microbiome manipulating agents
Friend, Caitlin
Entry Year: 2015
Bell Lab

BA: Amherst College

Ph.D.: MIT May 2020
Currently: Education Technologist, MIT Office of Open Learning, Cambridge, MA.

Thesis: The roles of the helicase double-hexamer complex and the ssDNA-binding protein RPA during eukaryotic DNA replication
Joshua Jones
Entry Year: 2014
Grossman Lab

BS: University of Maine

Ph.D.: MIT May 2020
Currently: Postdoctoral Associate , Larkin Lab, Boston University

Thesis: Effects of the Mobile Genetic Element ICEBs1 on the Bacterial Host Fitness
Benjamin Waldman
Entry Year: 2013
Lourido Lab

BS: University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Ph.D.: MIT May 2020
Currently: Postdoctoral Scholar, Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University

Thesis: Identification of a master regulator of differentiation in Toxoplasma gondii
Isaak Mueller
Entry Year: 2013
Lu Lab

BS, MS: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Ph.D.: MIT May 2020
Curently: Postdoctoral Fellow at Lawrence Berkely National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA.

Thesis: Engineering Probiotic Microbes for In Vivo Applications
Djenet Bousbaine
Entry Year: 2013
Ploegh Lab

BS, MS: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Ph.D.: MIT Feb. 2020
Currently: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dept. of Bioengineering, Stanford University

Thesis: Commensal-specific adaptive immune response at the intestinal mucosa
Jennifer Nguyen
Jennifer Nguyen
Entry Year: 2012
Stocker Lab

BS, MS: University of California, San Diego

Ph.D. : MIT Feb. 2020
Currently: Postdoctoral Fellow, Tropini Lab, University of British Columbia

Thesis: Rapid nutrient fluctuations and their implications for bacterial growth.
Nathaniel Chu
Entry Year: 2014
Alm Lab

BS: Brown University

Ph.D. : MIT Sep. 2019
Currently: CEO and Co-Founder of Cross Cultured

Thesis: Translating dynamics of human-microbe interactions
Jason Nguyen
Entry Year: 2014
Ploegh Lab

BS: University of California, Santa Cruz

Ph.D. : MIT June 2019
Currently: Patent Agent at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati

Thesis: Developing VHH-based tools to study Ebolavirus Infection
David VanInsberghe
Entry Year: 2013
Polz Lab

BS: University Of British Columbia

Ph.D. : MIT June 2019
Currently : Postdoctoral Fellow Neish Lab, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Thesis: The eco-evolutionary dynamics of microbial populations
Mary Anderson
Entry Year: 2013
Grossman Lab

BS: University of Wisconsin, Madison

Ph.D.: MIT Feb. 2019
Currently: Research Scientist, Grossman Lab, MIT, Cambridge, MA.

Thesis: Regulation of DNA replication and the replication initiator, DnaA, in Bacillus subtilis
Kimberly Davis
Entry Year: 2012
Runstadler Lab
2012-2013 BP-MIT Energy Fellow

BS: University of California, Santa Cruz
Ph.D.: MIT 2018
Currently: Scientist, Sana Biotechnology, Inc. San Francisco, CA.

Thesis: Characterization of influenza A virus evolution in laboratory hosts
Philip Arevalo
Philip Arevalo
Entry Year: 2012
Polz Lab
2012-2013 BP-MIT Energy Fellow

BS: Brown University
Ph.D.: MIT 2017
Currently: Ruth kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellow,  University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Thesis: Horizontal gene transfer as a cohesive force in microbial populations
Christopher Bandoro
Christopher Bandoro
Entry Year: 2012
Runstadler Lab

BS: University of Guelph
Ph.D.: MIT 2017
Currently: Scientist, Sana Biotechnology, Inc. San Francisco, CA

Thesis: Examining the effects of environmental compounds on influenza virus ecology
Logan Higgins
Logan Higgins
Entry Year: 2012
Gore Lab

BA: Lewis & Clark College
Ph.D.: MIT 2017
Currently: Microbiology Instructor, Walla Walla Community College, Walla Walla, Washington 

Thesis: Insights into microbial community structure from pairwise interaction networks
Michael Maloney
Entry Year: 2012
Bell Lab

BS: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Ph.D.: MIT 2017
Currently: Senior Scientist, SQZ Biotechnologies, Watertown, MA.

Thesis: Mechanism of Mcm10 Function during DNA replication
Robert Citorik

Robert Citorik
Entry Year: 2011
Lu Lab
2015-2016 William Asbjornsen Albert Memorial Fellow

BS: University of New Hampshire
Ph.D.: MIT 2018

Currently: Co-Founder, Director of Innovation, Tessera Therapeutics and Associate at Flagship Pioneering Cambridge, MA.

Thesis: Development of natural and engineered bacteriophages as antimicrobials
Diana Falla Castillo
Alejandra Falla Castillo
Entry Year: 2011
Niles Lab

BS, MS: Universidad De Los Andes

Ph.D.: MIT 2018

Currently: Scientist II- Genome Engineering, Vor Biopharma, Cambridge, MA.

Thesis: Genome engineering andfunctional gene regulation tools for the study of malaria parasites
Leonor Garcia Bayona
Leonor Garcia Bayona
Entry Year: 2011
Laub Lab

BS, MS: Universidad De Los Andes
Ph.D.: MIT 2017


Currently: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School, Brigham & Women's Hospital Dept. of Medince, Division of Infectious Diseases, Boston, MA.

Thesis: A deadly hug: contact-dependent killing by Caulobactor crescentus, via cell surface-associated glycine-zipper proteins

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Mark Mimee
Mark Mimee
Entry Year: 2011
Lu Lab

BS: McGill University
Ph.D.: MIT 2018
Currently: Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, Univ, Chicago 
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Thesis:
Genetic technologies to engineer and understand the microbiome
Katie Moravec
Entry Year: 2011
Laub Lab

BA: Amherst College
Ph.D.: MIT 2017
Yekaterina Tarasova
Yekaterina Tarasova
Entry Year: 2011
Prather Lab
2011-12 Total-MIT Energy Fellow

BS: University of California, San Diego
Ph.D.: MIT 2016

Currently: Scientific Operations Manager, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge, MA.

Thesis: Protein engineering and bioprospecting for selective hydroxyacid production in engineered Escherichia coli
Diane Haakonsen (Baer)
Entry Year: 2010
Laub Lab

BS, MS: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Ph.D.: MIT 2016

Currently: Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Fellow,   University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA.

Thesis : New mechanisms in transcription regulation and chromosome organization in Caulobacter crescentus
Diana Chien
Diana Chien
Entry Year: 2010
Polz Lab
2010-11 Shell-MIT Energy Fellow

BS: Princeton University
Ph.D.: MIT 2016

Kimberly Cirelli
Kimberly Cirelli
Entry Year: 2010
Saeij Lab

BS, MS: Johns Hopkins University
Ph.D.: MIT 2016
Currently: Senior Scientist, TScan Therapeutics, Waltham, MA.

Thesis : Rodent inflammasome activation by Toxoplasma gondii
Julia Co
Julia Co
Entry Year: 2010
Ribbeck Lab

BS: University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D.: MIT 2015
Currently: Lead Scientist, Geltor, Inc. San Leandro, CA.

Thesis : The influence of mucins onbacterial communities
Fahim Farzadfard
Fahim Farzadfard
Entry Year: 2010
Lu Lab

BS, MS: Tehran University

Ph.D: MIT 2018
Currently: Co-Founder & CTO MitoLab, Inc., Cambridge, MA.

Thesis : Scalable platforms for computation and memory in living cells
Jacob Rubens
Entry Year: 2010
Lu Lab
2010-11 Shell-MIT Energy Fellow

BA: Washington University, St. Louis
Ph.D.: MIT 2016
Currently: Scientist, Inventor, Entrpreneur: Flagship Pioneering, Cambridge, MA

Thesis : Synthetic biological circuits for continuous signal processing

2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 List for Science
Christopher Aakre
Entry Year: 2009
Laub Lab

BS: Stanford University
Ph.D.: MIT 2015
Currently: Principal at Boston Consulting Group (BSG), Seattle, WA.

Thesis : Toxin-antitoxin systems in bacteria: targets, mechanisms, & specificity
Andres Cubillos Ruiz
Andres Cubillos Ruiz
Entry Year: 2009
Chisholm Lab
2009-10 BP-MIT Energy Fellow

BS, MS: Universidad De Los Andes
Ph.D.: MIT 2015

Currently: Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Collins Lab at MIT, Cambridge, MA.

Thesis : Ecology and evolution of lanthipeptides in marine picocyanobacteria
Anna deRegt
Anna de Regt
Entry Year: 2009
Sauer Lab

BS: Swarthmore College
Ph.D.: MIT 2015
Currently: Scientist at Seattle Genetics, Seattle, WA.

Thesis : Allosteric activation ofperiplasmic HtrA proteases
Nicole Kavanaugh
Entry Year: 2009
Ribbeck Lab

BS: Hofstra University
Ph.D.: MIT 2015
Currently: Senior Scientist, Catalent Pharma Solutions, Madison, WI.

Thesis : Impacts of mucins on microbialphysiology and interactions
Mark Smith
Mark Smith
Entry Year: 2009
Alm Lab
2009-10 BP-MIT Energy Fellow
2012 Martin Fellow

BA: Princeton University
Ph.D.: MIT 2014
Ninghan Yang
Entry Year: 2009
Saeij Lab

BS: Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine
Ph.D.: MIT 2015
tyler dewitt

Tyler DeWitt
Entry Year: 2008
Grossman Lab

BS: Brown University
Ph.D.: MIT
2013

Currently: Executive Director of Innovation, Quality Executive Partners, Inc.; Technical Developer, Virtuosi VR; Author; Education Creator,YouTube, New York, NY.

Thesis : Characterization of a bifunctional cell wall hydrolase in the mobile genetic element ICEBsJ
Kayla Menard
Kayla Menard
Entry Year: 2008
Grossman Lab

BS: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Ph.D.: MIT
2013
Currently: Research Assistant Professor in Immunology and Infectious Disease, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.

Thesis : Consequences of a mobile genetic element integrated at secondary locations
Ana Oromendia
Ana Oromendia
Entry Year: 2008
Amon Lab

BS: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Ph.D.: MIT
2014
Currently: Senior Director of Product- Integrated Evidence Acorn AI, Medidata Solutions, New York, NY.

Thesis : Aneuploidy causes proteotoxic stress in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Alison Takemura
Entry Year: 2008

Polz Lab
2013 Martin Fellow
2014-2015 Hugh Hampton Young Memorial Fellow

BS: Rice University
Ph.D.: MIT 2015


Currently: Science Communication Specialist, US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Berkeley, CA.

Thesis : Niche adaptations of the vibrionaceae,from the coastal ocean to the laboratory
Jessica Thompson
Jessica Thompson
Entry Year: 2008
Chisholm Lab

BA: Princeton University
Ph.D.: MIT
2015
Currently: Post-Doctoral Associate at MIT, Cambridge, MA.

Thesis : Prochlorococcus: life in light

 

Benjamin Vincent
Entry Year: 2008
Lindquist Lab

BS: Stanford University
Ph.D.: MIT 2015

 

Currently: Senior Scientist I, Rheos Medicines, Cambridge, MA.

Thesis : Exploiting fitness trade-offs to prevent antifungal drug resistance

 

 

 

Inquiries regarding the Microbiology Graduate Program may be sent to:


Microbiology Graduate Program
Building 68-230A
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139 USA

e-mail:  microbiology [at] mit.edu

 

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