Alvaro Sanchez

Alvaro is a Junior Fellow at the Rowland Institute and, starting July 1st 2016, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale. Before starting his own group he did postgraduate studies at the University of Minnesota and Brandeis and was a postdoc at MIT. Alvaro is a Castilian from Zamora and an adoptive New Englander.

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Melisa Osborne

Melisa is a senior postdoctoral scientist. Before joining our group she had a visiting Assistant Professor appointment at the College of Wooster. Melisa also did postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School, where she acted as an instructor of Medical Microbiology. She got her PhD in Biochemistry at Brandeis University in Jeff Gelles' lab. Melisa is from Youngstown, OH.  



Alicia Sanchez-Gorostiaga

Alicia joins the lab in August 2016 as an Associate Research Scientist. Before joining our group she has hold appointments as a permanent staff scientist at the National Center for Biotechnology (CNB) in Madrid. She got her PhD in Biology at CSIC, and the core of her work has been in microbial physiology, cell division and antibiotic discovery. Alicia is from Madrid, Spain.

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Djordje Bajic

Djordje joins the lab in July 2016 as a postdoctoral fellow. Djordje did his undergraduate in Biochemistry at UAM, and his PhD in Biophysics with Juan Poyatos at CNB in Madrid. During his thesis work, he used a combination of computational and experimental approaches to understand the principles that connect genotype and phenotype in microorganisms. 

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Nanxi Lu

Nanxi joins the lab in September 2016 as a postdoctoral fellow. She got her PhD in Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. For the past two years, she has been a postdoc in Northwestern. She has a strong background in environmental microbiology and is interested in developing a quantitative understanding of microbial communities.


Visiting Graduate Students


Current and Former Undergraduates

  • Hank Wikle (Drexel Univ)
  • Diondra Peck (Harvard)
  • Nikola Jovanovic (RIT Croatia)
  • Emma Van Der Heide (Harvard)


Collaborators and Friends