Our Students

Gregory Babunovic

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Fortune Lab, 2015

Despite numerous attempts, an effective vaccine does not exist for pulmonary tuberculosis caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Heterogeneity in the ability of individual cells and/or lesions to control bacterial survival likely causes this failure in immune sterilization. Using single-cell and bulk techniques, I am studying how M. tuberculosis inhibits the sterilizing activity of innate and adaptive immune responses.

Daniela Barraza

Daniela Barraza

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Watnick Lab, 2018

The aim of my project is to understand the mechanisms by which the gut microbiota regulates host metabolism.

Sarah Bier

Sarah Bier

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Mekalanos Lab, 2019

I study regulation of Type 6 Secretion Systems

Anna  Brogan

Anna Brogan

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

2020

Anh Cao

Immunology

Kagan Lab, 2018

I am investigating mechanisms of intercellular communication within dendritic cell network to spread and amplify danger signals.

Yi-yun (Grace) Cao

Immunology

Garrett Lab, 2016

I study the microbiota and dietary regulation of intestinal eosinophils.

Rita Chan

Rita Chan

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Rakoff-Nahoum Lab, 2019

I study microbiology and microbial ecology in the female reproductive tract

Ted Chavkin

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Kostic Lab, 2016

I'm looking into applications of the human gut microbiome for treating and preventing diabetes.

Daniela Coronado

Daniela Coronado

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Kasper Lab, 2019

I am studying the microbiome's impact on immunology.

Genevieve Dobihal

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Rudner Lab, 2015

The bacterial cell wall is the fundamental way that cells maintain their shape and structural integrity. Despite its importance to bacterial growth and as a target for many antibiotics, many questions remain concerning the organization and regulation of cell wall synthesis. I am studying the highly-conserved actin homologs MreB, Mbl, and MreBH in Bacillus subtilis to better understand their roles in this process, and elucidate principals governing how bacteria maintain the integrity of their cell wall.

Laurent Dubois

Laurent Dubois

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Bernhardt Lab, 2019

Stephen  Early

Stephen Early

Chemical Biology

2020

I study the assembly and dynamics of the Lipopolysaccharide transporter (Lpt) in Gram-negative bacteria.

Bolutife Fakoya

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Waldor Lab, 2017

I am studying host and bacterial responses to vibrio cholerae vaccination.

Elayne Fivenson

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Bernhardt Lab, 2017

The general aim of my research is to understand the mechanisms of cell wall synthesis and shape maintenance in the gram negative bacterium Escherichia coli.

Jacob Gibson

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Watnick Lab, 2016

I will be investigating the conserved higher order levels of regulation impacting the functions of the cyclic AMP receptor protein in Vibrio cholerae.

Rachel Giorgio

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Helaine Lab, 2018

I study the role of dendritic cells in Salmonella persistence.

Emily Goering

Immunology

Hung Lab, 2018

Investigating the role of the kynurenine pathway of tryptophan degradation in the control of systemic Salmonella typhimurium infection using a zebrafish model.

Karthik Hullahalli

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Waldor Lab, 2018

I study how bacterial pathogens adapt under pressure from the host immune system.

Edward Irvine

Biological Sciences of Public Health

Fortune Lab, 2016

I am focused on leveraging monoclonal antibodies to understand the humoral immune response to M. tuberculosis.

Jordan Jensen

Jordan Jensen

Biological Sciences in Public Health

Huttenhower lab, 2020

Duncan Kountz

Chemical Biology

Balskus Lab, 2017

Microorganisms consume a wide variety of chemical substrates from which they extract energy using chemically innovative strategies. I study the chemical and metabolic logic of these transformations as well as their ecological and medical relevance.

Gavin Kuziel

Chemical Biology

Rakoff-Nahoum Lab, 2017

The human diet is instrumental in both driving the composition and dynamics of the gut microbiome and in the development of diverse human diseases. I seek to understand how bacterial metabolism of dietary factors drives microbe-microbe interactions and impacts host immunity.

Valentina Lagomarsino

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Rao Lab, 2018

I study microbial regulation of colonic motility through reactivation of androgens.

Jane Liu

Jane Liu

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Fortune Lab, 2019

Kevin Ma

Biological Sciences of Public Health

Grad Lab, 2017

I apply genome sequencing and genome-wide association methods to investigate novel mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance. These findings have the potential to improve our diagnostic capabilities and enable more precise and personalized approaches for treating infectious diseases.

Maximillian Marin

Maximillian Marin

Systems, synthetic, and quantitative biology

Farhat Lab, 2017

I am interested in developing genomics methods for studying the evolution of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Mary May

Chemical Biology

Kahne Lab, 2015

I am investigating the mechanism of one of the machines that builds the outer membrane of Gram negative bacteria, the Beta Barrel Assembly Machine (BAM). This machine folds membrane beta barrels which are required for the proper assembly of the outer membrane. The eventual goal is to find ways to inhibit this machine in order to disrupt assembly of the outer membrane and make Gram negative bacteria more susceptible to antibiotics.

Megan McCurry

Chemical Biology

Devlin Lab, 2017

I'm studying how gut bacteria metabolize endogenous steroid hormones and how the produced metabolites affect human health.

Kerry McGowen

Biological Sciences of Public Health

Rubin Lab, 2018

I am interested in studying ribosome heterogeneity and leaderless translation in Mycobacterium smegmatis.

Kenta Mosallanejad

Immunology

Kagan Lab, 2015

I am studying the effects of branched chain fatty acids on innate immunity

Jacob Muscato

Chemical Biology

Walker Lab, 2016

I use small molecule screening strategies to identify novel inhibitors of cell envelope biosynthetic pathways in S. aureus. These molecules may find use as probes for studying staphylococcal biology and could be combined with conventional antibiotics in therapies to combat growing resistance.

Joanna Olivas

Biological Sciences of Public Health

Starnbach Lab, 2016

My research focuses on defining the role of IFNy induced Major Histocompatibility Complex Class II expression on uterus non-hematopoietic cells during C. Trachomatis infection.

Julia Page

Chemical Biology - MD/PhD

Walker Lab, 2018

Like other Gram-positive bacteria, S. aureus is surrounded by a peptidoglycan cell wall that is built and maintained by the coordinated action of synthases and hydrolases. I am working on a novel glucosaminidase complex in S. aureus.

Youngseon  Park

Youngseon Park

Chemistry and chemical biology; Chemical biology

Walker Lab, 2019

My work focuses on determining how FtsW activity is regulated in the divisome and identify its inhibitors

Natalia Quinones-Olvera

Natalia Quinones-Olvera

Systems, synthetic, and quantitative biology

Baym Lab, 2017

I am interested in mobile genetic elements and their role in the evolution of antibiotic resistance.

Nicole Reinhold-Larsson

Nicole Reinhold-Larsson

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Starnbach Lab, 2019

I plan to investigate the molecular mechanisms of Chlamydia pathogenesis through the development/optimization of Chlamydia genetic manipulation techniques and an eukaryotic cell based Chlamydia gene library.

Ian Roney

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Rudner Lab, 2016

I study how the gram positive model organism Bacillus subtilis regulates cell envelope assembly.

Dan Rubin

Dan Rubin

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Grad Lab, 2019

I'm working on antibiotic resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae.

Ari  Sarfatis

Ari Sarfatis

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Moffitt Lab, 2019

I develop techologies to enable massively multiplexed transcriptome profiling in bacteria.

Molly Sargen

Molly Sargen

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Helaine Lab, 2019

Bailey Schultz

Chemical Biology

Walker Lab, 2018

I study proteins involved in the modification of cell envelope components in Staphylococcus aureus.

Mia  Sievers

Mia Sievers

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

2020

Tyler Sisley

Chemical Biology

Walker Lab, 2018

I study cell cycle regulation and cell wall biosynthetic machinery in Staphylococcus aureus.

Sydney Stanley

Biological Sciences of Public Health

Fortune Lab, 2018

I am interested in assessing the mechanisms by which antibodies and neuro-immunomodulators can restrict Mycobacterium tuberculosis survival.

Madeleine Stone

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Walker Lab, 2017

I am studying lipoteichoic acid synthesis in Staphylococcus aureus.

Kathy Suarez

Kathy Suarez

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Bernhardt Lab, 2019

Daphne Sun

Systems Biology

Grad Lab, 2016

I am studying the evolution of antibiotic resistance in Staphylococcus aureus.

Lisa Toerk

Chemical Biology

Kahne Lab, 2015

I am investigating lipopolysacharide transport in E. coli.

Francesca Tomasi

Biological Sciences of Public Health

Rubin Lab, 2017

I am studying proteins that, when functionally disrupted, sensitize Mycobacterium tuberculosis to new antibiotics.

Manasvi  Verma

Manasvi Verma

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Jost Lab, 2020

Katie Westervelt

Katie Westervelt

Biological Sciences in Public Health

Grad Lab, 2019

We are developing in vitro methods to better understand various selective pressures on Neisseria gonorrhoeae across the niches it is transmitted between.

Marsha Wibowo

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Kostic Lab, 2016

My current research interest is in the role of the gut microbiome in obesity, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes.

Harim Won

Biological Sciences of Public Health

Rubin Lab, 2018

With ever-increasing incidence of MDR-TB, there is an urgent need for novel Mtb therapeutics. Conserved bacterial proteases – many of which are essential – present an interesting and underdeveloped set of potential targets. Using genetic and biochemical approaches, I study the fundamental biology of protein degradation systems in Mycobacterium tuberculosis and how they can be targeted for antibiotic development.

Rosalind Xu

Rosalind Xu

Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Moffitt Lab, 2018

My work focuses on mapping host-microbe interactions through spatial transcriptomics

Evan Yang

Evan Yang

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Moffitt Lab, 2019

My work focuses on expanding MERFISH, a spatial transcriptomics technology that leverages optical barcodes, to track unique molecular identifiers in situ.