Melis N. Anahtar, MD, PhD

manahtar@mgh.harvard.edu  / LinkedIn  / @melisanahtar
Research  /   CV


Melis Anahtar I am currently conducting research on machine learning-guided antimicrobial discovery for Neisseria gonorrhoeae in Jim Collins' lab at the Broad Institute, Wyss Institute, and MIT. My graduate work in Doug Kwon's lab was focused on understanding how vaginal bacteria impact genital inflammation and HIV acquisition risk. I am clinically trained and board-certified in Clinical Pathology and Medical Microbiology. I co-founded and continue to consult for Day Zero Diagnostics, a Boston-based company that is developing an in vitro diagnostic to rapidly identify the species and antibiotic susceptibility of pathogens directly from blood using whole genome sequencing and machine learning.

Research Interests

Antibiotic discovery, machine learning, antimicrobial resistance, vaginal microbiome, host-microbiome interactions, diagnostic development.

Clinical Interests

Genomic sequencing, molecular microbiology, antimicrobial susceptibility testing.

Education and Training

Research Fellowship, Collins Lab, MIT (supported by a T32 training grant through MGH Pathology), Current
Clinical Fellowship, Medical Microbiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2020
Clinical Residency, Clinical Pathology, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2021
MD, Harvard Medical School, Harvard/MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program, 2017
PhD, Immunology, Harvard University (supported by a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship), 2015
MSc, Integrated Immunology, Oxford University (supported by a Rhodes Scholarship), 2009
SB, Mechanical Engineering, MIT, 2008

Honors and Awards

NIH T32 Training Grant Recipient, MGH Pathology Department, 2021-2024
Translation Science Award, MGH Clinical Research Day, 2020
Pathology Research Department First Place Award, MGH Clinical Research Day, 2018-2019
Leon Reznick Memorial Prize for excellence and accomplishments in research, HMS, 2017
Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship, 2010
NIH Medical Scientist Training Program Grant Recipient, 2009
Wunsch Foundation Silent Hoist and Crane Award for Academic Excellence, MIT, 2008
Rhodes Scholarship, 2008
John C. and Elizabeth J. Chato Award for Excellence in Bioengineering, MIT, 2007
Glamour Magazine's Top 10 College Women, 2007





Last updated on December 27, 2023.