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
BS: University of Toronto
Edelen, Samantha
Entry Year: 2019
BS: Rochester Institute of Technology
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
 
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
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


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


 

 

 

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

e-mail:  microbiology [at] mit.edu