Faculty and their Areas of Research

There are more than 50 participating faculty in the MIT Microbiology graduate program, from several different science and engineering departments and divisions. As well as the alphabetical list below, you can view the faculty by Department affiliation and by Subject Area.

Becoming a Member

The Microbiology graduate program welcomes all faculty who self-identify as working with microbes and microbial processes. For more information, please contact the Program Coordinator, Bonnie Lee Whang at microbiology [at] mit.edu

Faculty by Alphabetical Listing

Each faculty's name is linked to his or her lab or departmental website, for further information.

Faculty

Department

Research Interests

Alm, Eric
Karl Van Tassel (1925) Career Development Associate Professor

Biological Engineering

Biophysics, Computational Modeling, Energy, Macromolecular Biochemistry, Microbial Systems, Omics, Synthetic Biology, Systems Biology

Amon, Angelika
Kathleen and Curtis Marble Professor of Cancer Research;
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Biology (KIICR)

Biochemistry & Biophysics, Cancer Biology, Cell Biology, Genetics, and Microbiology

Baker, Tania
E. C. Whitehead Professor of Biology;
MacVicar Faculty Fellow;
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Biology

Biochemistry & Biophysics, Immunology, Microbiology, and Structural Biology

Bartel, David
Professor of Biology;
Member, Whitehead Institute;
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Biology (WI)

Biochemistry & Biophysics, Bioengineering, Computational & Systems Biology, Developmental Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, and Structural Biology

Belcher, Angela
W.M. Keck Professor of Energy

Biological Engineering

Biomaterials, Biomolecular Engineering, Energy, Nanoscale Engineering, Synthetic Biology

Bell, Steve
Professor of Biology;
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Biology

Biochemistry & Biophysics, Cell Biology, and Genetics

Blainey, Paul
Assistant Professor of Biological Engineering

Biological Engineering

Biological Imaging, Biophysics, Drug Delivery, Infectious Disease, Macromolecular Biochemistry, Microbial Pathogenesis, Microbial Systems, Nanoscale Engineering, Omics, Microfluidics and Genetic & Drug Screening

Bosak, Tanja
Hayes Career Development Associate Professor

Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Science

Studying microbial fossils to understand the parallel evolution of life and the environment.

Bourouiba, Lydia
Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Career Development Assistant Professor

Civil & Environmental Engineering; IMES

Fluid Dynamics, pathogen-fluid Interactions, contact and disease transmission, mathematical epidemiology

Buie, Cullen
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Electrochemistry, electrokinetics, and microfluidics as applied to modern energy systems

Chen, Jianzhu
Ivan R. Cottrell Professor of Immunology, Singapore Research Professor

Biology (KIICR)

Cancer Biology, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, and Immunology

Collins, James
Termeer Professor of Bioengineering

Biological Engineering

Synthetic Biology, Systems Biology


Cordero, Otto

Assistant Professor


 

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Bioinformatics and Computational Microbiology, Ecology and Environmental/Geo Microbiology, Evolution, Microbial Oceanography, Genomics and Systems Microbiology

Dedon, Peter
Underwood-Prescott Professor of Biological Engineering

Biological Engineering

Infectious Disease, Microbial Systems , Drug Development and Metabolism, Macromolecular Biochemistry, Omics, Pharmacology, Systems Biology, Toxicology

Drennan, Cathy
Professor of Chemistry and Biology; Investigator and Professor, Howard Hughes Medical Institute;
MacVicar Faculty Fellow

Chemistry and Biology

Biochemistry & Biophysics, Bioengineering, Computational & Systems Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Medicine & Human Disease, and Structural Biology

Engelward, Bevin
Professor of Biological Engineering

Biological Engineering

Carcinogenesis, Toxicology

Essigmann, John
William R. (1956) & Betsy P. Leitch Professor in Residence Professor of Chemistry, Toxicology, and Biological Engineering

Biological Engineering

Carcinogenesis, Drug Delivery, Drug Metabolism, Macromolecular Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Toxicology

Fink, Gerald
Margaret and Herman Sokol Professor; American Cancer Society Professor of Genetics;
Member, Whitehead Institute

Biology (WI)

Infectious Disease, Fungal invasion, Immunological recogniteion

Fournier, Gregory
Assistant Professor of Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Science

Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Science

Bioinformatics and Computational Microbiology, Ecology and Environmental/Geo Microbiology, Evolution

 

Fox, James
Director, Division of Comparative Medicine: Professor, Department of Biological Engineering

Biological Engineering

Infectious Disease, Microbial Pathogenesis

Gilbert, Wendy
Associate Professor of Biology

Biology

Biochemistry & Biophysics, Cell Biology, Computational & Systems Biology, Developmental Biology, Genetics, and Microbiology

Gore, Jeff
Latham Family Career Development Associate Professor of Physics

Physics

Evolutionary and ecological dynamics of populations

Grossman, Alan D.
Praecis Professor of Biology;
Department Head;
Director of Scientific Operations, Building 68

Biology

Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Genetics, and Microbiology

Imperiali, Barbara
Class of 1922 Professor of Biology and Chemistry;
MacVicar Faculty Fellow

Biology

Biochemistry & Biophysics, Bioengineering, Microbiology, Molecular Medicine & Human Disease, and Structural Biology

Kaiser, Chris
Professor of Biology;
MacVicar Faculty Fellow

Biology

Cell Biology and Genetics

Kim, Dennis
Associate Professor of Biology; Robert A. Swanson Career Development

Biology

Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology, and Neurobiology

Laub, Michael
Associate Professor of Biology;
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Biology

Biochemistry & Biophysics, Cell Biology, Computational & Systems Biology, Genetics, and Microbiology

Li, Gene-Wei
Assistant Professor of Biology

Biology

Biochemistry & Biophysics, Bioengineering, Cell Biology, Computational & Systems Biology, and Microbiology

Lindquist, Susan
Professor of Biology;
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute;
Member, Whitehead Institute

Biology (WI)

Biochemistry & Biophysics, Cell Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Medicine & Human Disease, Neurobiology, Plant Molecular Biology, and Stem Cells & Epigenetics

Lu, Timothy
Associate Professor of Biological Engineering and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Biological Engineering and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Biomaterials, Biomolecular Engineering, Drug Delivery, Infectious Disease, Microbial Pathogenesis, Microbial Systems, Nanoscale Engineering, Synthetic Biology, Systems Biology, Tissue Engineering

Manalis, Scott
Professor of Biological and Mechanical Engineering

Biological Engineering

Biological Imaging, Biomechanics, Biophysics, Nanoscale Engineering, Omics, Systems Biology

Mirny, Leonid
Associate Professor of Health Sciences and Technology and Physics

Health Sciences & Technology and Physics

Biophysics of molecular recognition, physics of biological networks

Niles, Jacquin
Associate Professor of Biological Engineering

Biological Engineering

Biomolecular Engineering, Drug Delivery, Infectious Disease, Macromolecular Biochemistry, Microbial Pathogenesis, Microbial Systems, Omics, Synthetic Biology

Nolan, Elizabeth
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Chemistry

Bioinorganic Chemistry,  Biological Chemistry,   Chemical Biology

Ploegh, Hidde
Professor of Biology;
Member, Whitehead Institute

Biology (WI)

Immunology and Molecular Medicine & Human Disease

Polz, Martin
Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Environmental microbiology

Prather, Kristala L. Jones
Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Metabolic Engineering, Biochemical Engineering,   Bioprocess Engineering, Synthetic Biology

RajBhandary, Uttam
Lester Wolfe Professor in Molecular Biology

Biology

Biochemistry & Biophysics

Regev, Aviv
Professor; Core Member, Broad Institute;
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Biology (Broad Institute)

Cancer Biology, Computational & Systems Biology, Human Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology, and Stem Cells & Epigenetics

Ribbeck, Katharina
Eugene Bell Career Development Professor of Tissue Engineering

Biological Engineering

Biomaterials, Biophysics, Drug Delivery, Infectious Disease, Microbial Pathogenesis, Microbial Systems, Transport Phenomena

Runstadler, Jonathan
 
Assistant Professor of Biological Engineering and Comparative Medicine

Biological Engineering

Infectious Disease, Microbial Pathogenesis

Sarpeshkar, Rahul
Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Analog Synthetic and Systems Biology, Biological and Bio-inspired Supercomputers, Medical Devices, Low-Power, and Energy-Efficient Systems

Sauer, Robert
Salvador E. Luria Professor of Biology

Biology

Biochemistry & Biophysics, Computational & Systems Biology, Microbiology, and Structural Biology

Sikes, Hadley
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Biomolecular engineering, applications of redox chemistry, clinical diagnostics, molecular biotechnology

Sinskey, Anthony
Professor of Microbiology and Health Sciences & Technology

Biology

Bioengineering and Microbiology

Stephanopolous, Gregory
Willard Henry Dow Professor in Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Metabolic and Biochemical Engineering Biotechnology, Bioinformatics

Stubbe, JoAnne
Novartis Professor of Chemistry;
Professor of Biology

Biology and Chemistry

Biochemistry & Biophysics

Summons, Roger
Professor of Geobiology

Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Science

Lipid chemistry of microbes, climate change, biotic evolution and extinction, biogeochemical fossils, petroleum

Tidor, Bruce
Professor of Biological Engineering and Computer Science

Biological Engineering and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Biomolecular Engineering, Biophysics, Computational Modeling, Drug Delivery, Macromolecular Biochemistry, Omics, Pharmacology, Systems Biology

Ting, Alice
Ellen Swallow Richards Professor of Chemistry

Chemistry

Chemical approaches to the study of cell signaling

Voigt, Christopher
Professor of Biological Engineering

Biological Engineering

Energy, Macromolecular Biochemistry, Microbial Systems, Synthetic Biology, Systems Biology

Weiss, Ron
Professor of Biological Engineering

Biological Engineering and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Biophysics, Computational Modeling, Microbial Systems, Synthetic Biology, Systems Biology, Tissue Engineering

 


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