Our laboratory is a highly collaborative and international team of scientists, with very diverse scientific backgrounds and hailing from several different countries and three continents (In fact many of us have deep connections with more than one!). We leverage this diversity to best address the many theoretical and experimental challenges presented by microbial communities. Our goal is to establish links between the molecular realm and ecosystems, learn how microbial communities work and evolve together, and use this knowledge to control the structure and function of microbiomes.
Alvaro is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale. He got an undergraduate degree in Physics from UAM (Madrid) in 2003, and graduate degrees in Biophysics from the University of Minnesota and Brandeis, where he got his PhD in 2010. After a short postdoc at MIT, he started his own group at the Rowland Institute at Harvard as a Junior Fellow in 2013, and then moved to Yale in 2016. Alvaro is a Castilian from Zamora and an adoptive New Englander.
Alicia joins the lab in August 2016 as an Associate Research Scientist. Before joining our group Alicia was appointed 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.
Djordje joined the lab in July 2016 as a postdoctoral fellow. He has an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and a PhD in Biophysics, working 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. Djordje is from Belgrade, Serbia.
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.
Sylvie joined our group in 2017 after two years as a postdoc with Ben Kerr at the University of Washington in Seattle. Sylvie got her PhD in Evolutionary Microbiology in 2015, working with Sam Brown at the University of Edinburgh. Her past work focused on computational modeling of microbe-microbe interactions within complex communities. In our lab she is starting to pursue experimental work on microbial community assembly. She is originally from Portugal.
Jean is a graduate student in the EEB department at Yale. With us, he is studying how microbial cross-feeding may affect the discovery of evolutionary innovations. Jean got his undergraduate degree at Oxford and his M.S. at Imperial College in London.
Chang-Yu is a graduate student in EEB at Yale. He has strong interest in combining computational modeling and experimental approaches to study eco-evolutionary dynamics. With us, he is starting to work on experimental evolution in microbial communities. Chang-Yu got his BS in Biology and MS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at National Taiwan University.
Arielle is a graduate student in Yale's EEB department. She is interested in studying the microbial ecology of natural soil communities and is currently researching microbial community assembly. Arielle joined the lab after graduating from Binghamton University with a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
FORMER LAB MEMBERS
- Melisa Osborne (Currently: Senior Scientist, Boston University)
Visiting Graduate Students
- Joshua Goldford (Daniel Segre's group, Boston University)
- Clarissa Scholes (Angela DePace's group, Harvard Medical School; See Clarissa's paper with us)
- Joseph Rauch (Jane Kondev's group, Brandeis University; See Joe's paper with us)
- Sandeep Choubey (Jane Kondev's group, Brandeis University; See Sandeep's paper )
- Hank Wikle (Drexel Univ)
- Diondra Peck (Harvard)
- Nikola Jovanovic (RIT Croatia)
- Emma Van Der Heide (Harvard)
COLLABORATORS AND FRIENDS
- Pankaj Mehta (Boston University)
- Jane Kondev (Brandeis University)
- Angela DePace (Harvard)
- Juan Poyatos (CNB Madrid)
- Daniel Segre (Boston University)
- Ido Golding (Baylor College of Medicine)
- Philipp Engel (Lausanne)
- Ryo Miyazaki (AIST Tsukuba)
- Kyle Harrington (University of Idaho)
- Michael Tikhonov (Washington University)
- Matteo Cavaliere (Edinburgh)