Fatima Aysha Hussain

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Research Interests

I study the ecology and evolution of microbes living in the human vagina, or the vaginal microbiome. The composition of a persons vaginal microbiome can impact their susceptibility to preterm birth, bacterial vaginosis, and HIV infection. I am collaborating with the Alm lab to build an isolate and genome collection of vaginal microbes. I aim to use genome wide association studies (GWAS) to map genotypes to phenotypes of interest and compliment this computational work with lab experiments at strain-level resolution. My expertise and focus are in (pro)phage-microbe and microbe-microbe interactions and how they shape the structure and function of microbial communities.
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Fatima Aysha Hussain

Research Affiliate/Collaborator
  • Schmidt Science Fellow.
  • fatimah@mit.edu


    • Ph.D., Environmental Microbiology, MIT, 2020
    • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, 2013
    • S.B., Environmental Engineering Science with minor in Women's and Gender Studies, MIT, 2011