MIT Microbiology Graduate Students
(always under construction!)

Bath, Jade
Entry Year: 2018
Ribbeck Lab

BA: Bryn Mawr College

Gomez, Annika
Entry Year: 2018
Polz Lab

BA: Cornell University

 

Khadka, Veda
Entry Year: 2018
Lieberman Lab

BA: Swarthmore College

 
Levine, Mandy
Entry Year: 2018
Li & Laub Labs

BA: Haverford College
 
Baker, Jacob
Entry Year: 2017
Lieberman Lab

BS: University of California, Berkeley
 
Gayet, Raphael
Entry Year: 2017
Collins Lab

BS: Ecole Normale Superieure
MS: Ecole Normale Superieure
 
Gold, Michaela
Entry Year: 2017
Ribbeck Lab

BS: Tufts University
 
Vondrak, Cassandra
Entry Year: 2017
Lamason Lab

BA: Swarthmore College
 
Zhong, En Ze Linda
Entry Year: 2017
Sinskey Lab

BS: University Of Toronto
 
Ortiz Lopez, Anthony
Entry Year: 2016
Gore Lab

BS: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
I am mainly interested in scientific areas dealing with many-organisms questions, such as ecology, community assembly and population genetics. As an undergrad I worked with bacteria developing resistance to antibiotics and with bacteria growing inside the gut of C. elegans. So far, my plans for grad school are to measure as much as we can a specific bacterial community and see how that fits into our theoretical frameworks. Outside the lab, I cook, listen to music and play soccer and waterpolo. Cheers!
Padmakumar, Jai
Entry Year: 2016
Voigt Lab

BS: University of Washington
 
Schwartz, Sarah
Entry Year: 2016
Fournier Lab

BS: University of California, San Diego
MS: MIT
I’m curious how microbes shape their environment across different scales of space and time. My research focuses on microbial biogeochemistry and evolution, especially pertaining to microbial nitrogen cycling. Before coming to MIT Microbiology, I studied bacterial evolution and marine sponge symbionts at UC San Diego and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and received my Master’s in Science Writing here at MIT; I also worked as a reporter and researcher at Science News in Washington, D.C. In addition to science and writing, I’m a fan of baking, hiking, musicals, and baseball. 
Soble, Rachel
Entry Year: 2016
Cordero Lab

BS: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
 
Ward, Elizabeth
Entry Year: 2016
Imperiali Lab
BS: University of Utah
 
Blank, Caitlin
Entry Year: 2015
Bell Lab

BA: Amherst College


As an undergraduate, I worked on the genetics of self-incompatibility and the evolution of sexual dimorphism in the nightshade family of plantsMy current research in the Bell Lab explores the DNA replication helicase Mcm2-7. In eukaryotes, Mcm2-7 form a heterohexamer, whereas the archaeal Mcm homolog and bacterial replicative helicase are homohexamers. I am interested in the divergence between Mcm2-7 subunits and how it relates to subunit-specific functions during DNA replication.
Cervantes, Bernardo
Entry Year: 2015
Prather Lab and Collins Lab

BS: University of California, Berkeley

 
Clark, Emily
Entry Year: 2015
Grossman Lab

BA: Bowdoin College

 
Enghuus, Casper
Entry Year: 2015
1st Year
Weiss Lab

BNG, MNG: Technical University of Denmark

 
Wang, Benjamin
Entry Year: 2015
Laub Lab and Ribbeck Lab

BS: California Institutte of Technology

 
Wheeler, Kelsey
Entry Year: 2015
Ribbeck Lab

BA: University of Chicago

 
Joseph Elsherbini
Entry Year: 2014
Polz Lab

BS: Georgia Institute of Technology


My research before coming to MIT used genetic tools to understand group behaviors in the bacterium V. cholerae. At MIT I am learning quantitative techniques for analyzing high throughput sequencing data, but I'll be using a mix of both dry and wet lab techniques to get at ecological questions. I am particularly interested in understanding the extent to which bacteriophage control populations of bacteria in the healthy human gut. Aside from research, I enjoy cooking, indoor rock climbing, and exploring the Boston area.
Joshua Jones
Entry Year: 2014
Grossman Lab

BS: University of Maine


Djenet Bousbaine
Entry Year: 2013
Ploegh Lab

BS, MS: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology



I did my bachelor and master at EPFL in Switzerland where I worked on the cell cycle in Mycobacterium smegmatis. Before coming to MIT, I spent two years studying the Type III Secretion system in Salmonella enterica at Yale University. Currently in the Ploegh lab, I study the response of immune cells to their cognate antigen using transnuclear mouse models specific for ovalbumin and a commensal bacteria.
Isaak Mueller
Entry Year: 2013
Lu Lab

BS, MS: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology



I did my bachelor and master at ETH Zurich in Switzerland. In the Lu lab, I'm working on microbiome and probiotic engineering to sense and treat inflammation in the GI tract. In my free time I enjoy watching (real = European) football and traveling. 
Benjamin Waldman
Entry Year: 2013
Saeij Lab

BS: University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Jennifer Nguyen
Jennifer Nguyen
Entry Year: 2012
Stocker Lab

BS, MS: University of California, San Diego


Research Focus: Linking physiology and ecology of marine bacteria, Bacterial growth efficiency.
MIT Microbiology Alumni
Nathaniel Chu
Entry Year: 2014
Alm Lab

BS: Brown University

Ph.D. : MIT 2019
Currently: CEO and Co-Founder of Cross Cultured
Jason Nguyen
Entry Year: 2014
Ploegh Lab

BS: University of California, Santa Cruz

Ph.D. : MIT 2019
Currently: Postdoc
Ploegh Lab, Children's Hospital
David VanInsberghe
Entry Year: 2013
Polz Lab

BS: University Of British Columbia

Ph.D. : MIT 2019
Currently : Postdoctoral Fellow
Neish Lab, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Mary Anderson Entry Year: 2013 Grossman Lab BS: University of Wisconsin, Madison

Ph.D.: MIT 2019
Currently: Research Scientist, Grossman Lab, MIT, Cambridge, MA.
Philip Arevalo
Philip Arevalo
Entry Year: 2012
Polz Lab
2012-2013 BP-MIT Energy Fellow

BS: Brown University
Ph.D.: MIT 2017
Currently: Postdoctoral Scholar University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
Christopher Bandoro
Christopher Bandoro
Entry Year: 2012
Runstadler Lab

BS: University of Guelph
Ph.D.: MIT 2017
Currently: Scientist, Cobalt Biomedicine Inc., Cambridge, MA.
Kimberly Davis

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, Atara Biotherapeutics, Los Angeles, CA.
Logan Higgins
Logan Higgins
Entry Year: 2012
Gore Lab

BA: Lewis & Clark College
Ph.D.: MIT 2017
Currently: Assistant Teaching Professor, Northeastern University, Boston, MA.
Michael Maloney
Entry Year: 2012
Bell Lab

BS: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Ph.D.: MIT 2017
Currently: Scientist, Abpro, Cambridge, MA.
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: Associate, Flagship Pioneering, Cambridge, MA
Diana Falla Castillo
Alejandra Falla Castillo
Entry Year: 2011
Niles Lab

BS, MS: Universidad De Los Andes

Ph.D.: MIT 2018

Currently: Senior Scientist, KSQ Therapeutics, Cambridge, MA.
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.

 

Mark Mimee
Mark Mimee
Entry Year: 2011
Lu Lab

BS: McGill University
Ph.D.: MIT 2018
Currently: Postdoctoral Associate, MIT, Cambridge, MA.
Katie Moravec
Entry Year: 2011
Laub Lab

BA: Amherst College
Ph.D.: MIT 2017
Currently: Strain Engineer, enEvolv, Medford, MA.
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: Cell Design Director, Asimov, Cambridge, MA.
Diane Haakonsen (Baer)
Entry Year: 2010
Laub Lab

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

Currently: Postdoctoral Associate at University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA.
Diana Chien
Diana Chien
Entry Year: 2010
Polz Lab
2010-11 Shell-MIT Energy Fellow

BS: Princeton University
Ph.D.: MIT 2016

Currently: Director of the MIT School of Engineering Communication Lab, Cambridge, MA.

Kimberly Cirelli
Kimberly Cirelli
Entry Year: 2010
Saeij Lab

BS, MS: Johns Hopkins University
Ph.D.: MIT 2016
Currently: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, San Diego, CA.
Julia Co
Julia Co
Entry Year: 2010
Ribbeck Lab

BS: University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D.: MIT 2015
Currently: Postdoctoral Researcher at Stanford University, Stanford, CA.
Fahim Farzadfard
Fahim Farzadfard
Entry Year: 2010
Lu Lab

BS, MS: Tehran University

Ph.D: MIT 2018
Currently: Postdoctoral Fellow (Schmidt Science Fellow), MIT, Program in Media Arts and Sciences in Boyden lab, Cambridge, MA
Jacob Rubens
Entry Year: 2010
Lu Lab
2010-11 Shell-MIT Energy Fellow

BA: Washington University, St. Louis
Ph.D.: MIT 2016
Christopher Aakre
Entry Year: 2009
Laub Lab

BS: Stanford University
Ph.D.: MIT 2015
Currently: Project Leader at Boston Consulting Group (BSG)
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

Currently: Postdoctoral Associate in the Collins Lab at MIT, Cambridge, MA.
Anna deRegt
Anna de Regt
Entry Year: 2009
Sauer Lab

BS: Swarthmore College
Ph.D.: MIT 2015
Currently: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA.
Nicole Kavanaugh
Entry Year: 2009
Ribbeck Lab

BS: Hofstra University
Ph.D.: MIT 2015
Currently: Senior Scientist, Aldevron , Madison, WI.
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
Currently: Co-Founder and Research Director at Open Biome & CEO, Finch Therapeutics
2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 List for Science
Ninghan Yang
Entry Year: 2009
Saeij Lab

BS: Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine
Ph.D.: MIT 2015
Currently: Postdoctoral fellow in Antonio Bertolleti’s lab at National University Singapore
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Tyler DeWitt
Entry Year: 2008
Grossman Lab

BS: Brown University
Ph.D.: MIT
2013

Currently: Education Consultant and YouTube Education Creator, New York, NY.
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.
Ana Oromendia
Ana Oromendia
Entry Year: 2008
Amon Lab

BS: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Ph.D.: MIT
2014
Currently: Data Science Product Manager, Medidata Solutions, New York, NY.

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: MIT EECS Communication Lab Manager, Cambridge, MA.
Jessica Thompson
Jessica Thompson
Entry Year: 2008
Chisholm Lab

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

 

Benjamin Vincent
Entry Year: 2008
Lindquist Lab

BS: Stanford University
Ph.D.: MIT 2015

 

Currently: Staff Scientist, Target Discovery at Yumanity Therapeutics, Boston, MA.

 

 

 

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