We are always interested in adding new people to our team, including graduate students, postdocs, physicians, research scientists (experimental and computational), technicians, and undergraduates. No particular expertise is required– we are building a diverse team to tackle hard questions with implications for both basic science and medical practice.

We are actively seeking postdocs for a variety of projects. We are particularly interested in adding to our team: (1) an immunologist to investigate the mechanism of actions of probiotics and microbial-based treatments in mice, (2) a bioinformatician / computational biologists to study adaptation of commensals during colorectal cancer and acne, and (3) a population geneticist to study the impact of rapid environmental switching on long-term signals of selection in microbial genomes.  Please indicate your research interests (broad brush OK) and attach a CV and manuscript (preprint is fine) when getting in touch about joining the lab.

Graduate students not currently enrolled in a PhD program should apply to one of the many relevant PhD programs at MIT, which include Computational and Systems Biology, Microbiology,  and Health Sciences and Technology. We also accept students from Harvard’s Biophysics PhD program. Prospective students interested in MIT’s Civil and Environmental Engineering (Ecology and Evolution track) PhD program should contact me after submitting their application materials.

I do not interact with graduate students before/outside of the formal application process, out of a wish to impart more fairness to the system. In lieu of this, please accept these tips for applying to PhD programs: Recommendation letters and your personal statement are very important. For recommendation letters, pick the most credentialed individuals you know who can also speak in specifics about your accomplishments and potential. Start thinking about your personal statement early, and focus on what gets you jazzed up about doing science. When I’m reading personal statements, conceptual ideas catch my eye much more than “I want to save lives” or “I have always loved collecting insects”, but each reader is different. Grades matter a lot more for some PhD programs than others. If you are interested in working in my lab and have excellent research experience and less-excellent grades, get in touch and I may quickly respond with a recommended program.