MIT Microbiology Graduate Students (always under construction!)

Doering, Christopher
Entry Year: 2019
Lab: Laub Lab

BS: Harvey Mudd College
Bromley, Joshua
Entry Year: 2019
Lab: Shalek Lab

BS: University of Utah
Chen, Julie
Entry Year: 2019
Lab: Blainey

BS: University of Toronto
Edelen, Samantha
Entry Year: 2019
Lab: Niles

BS: Rochester Institute of Technology
Prior to my start at MIT Microbiology, I spent time researching cell wall structure in Mycobacterium at University of Rochester and the relationship of Streptococcus mutans serotypes with their human hostís demographics at Rochester Institute of Technology. I recently joined the Niles lab in pursuit of understanding the causative agent of Malaria: Plasmodium species. My primary focus is on parasite biology, including evolution potential of the mitochondrial genome, the role of proteins in heme metabolism and transcriptional control of life-stage transitions. Outside of the lab, I can be found baking, playing with my cat or reading (mostly) nonfiction.
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
 
Zhang, Irene
Entry Year: 2018
Babbin Lab

BS: Univ of Chicago
 
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
 
Clark, Emily
Entry Year: 2015
Grossman Lab

BA: Bowdoin College

 
Enghuus, Casper
Entry Year: 2015
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.

 

 

 

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139 USA

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