Michael Baym

Principal Investigator
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics
Member of the Laboratory of Systems Pharmacology
Associate Member, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Michael is a microbiologist and applied mathematician studying bacterial evolution and computational genomics. He was a graduate student with Bonnie Berger in Mathematics at MIT, and a postdoctoral fellow with Roy Kishony in Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School. He has won several awards for research including a Packard Fellowship, a Pew Biomedical Scholarship, a Sloan Research Fellowship, as well a Hertz Graduate Fellowship. He holds over four dozen issued US patents. His mentorship has been recognized by Harvard Medical School with the A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award and by the SSQBio graduate program's mentorship award. Michael is originally from Urbana, Illinois and Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA. He was once the tenth Google Image result for "floating dumpster fire."

Email: baym@hms.harvard.edu
Twitter: @baym
Erdős number: 2
CV (PDF, 4/27/23), Google Scholar, Pubmed, USPTO Issued Patents, USPTO Patent Applications, ORCID: 0000-0003-1303-5598

Indra González Ojeda

Graduate Student (Biophysics)

Indra is interested in combining computation and experiments, while fighting her cat's entropy

Email: igonzalezojeda@g.harvard.edu
GitHub, ORCID: 0000-0003-2040-956X

Arya Kaul

Graduate Student (BIG)

Arya is analyzing bacterial sequences from before the age of antibiotics.

Email: arya_kaul@g.harvard.edu
Twitter: @kaul4science
Favorite film franchise: Paddington 🐻
Personal Homepage, ORCID: 0000-0001-8382-5945

Anurag Limdi

Graduate Student (MCO)

Anurag studies how mutational robustness changes over evolution in microbes. Outside of lab, he does long distance running and watches football (soccer if you're American).

Email: alimdi@g.harvard.edu
Twitter: @anuraglimdi
Unusual talent: Very good handwriting
Google Scholar, ORCID: 0000-0002-4891-8254

Lucy M. McCully

Postdoctoral Fellow

Lucy studies the effects of interspecies interactions on antimicrobial resistance. Hobbies now include mushroom photography, thanks to Siân.

Email: lucy_mccully@hms.harvard.edu
Twitter: @microMcCully
ORCID: 0000-0002-4743-7758

Siân V. Owen

Postdoctoral Fellow

Siân studies the interaction of phage and antibiotic resistance. She once won third place in a Christmas card contest; she was robbed.

Email: sian@hms.harvard.edu
Twitter: @implosian
Personal Homepage, Google Scholar, ORCID: 0000-0001-5330-3177

Alexandra Poret

Rotation Student (Biophysics)

Alex began her research career studying microbial evolution with Tami Lieberman at MIT. Today, she’s made the long, arduous, 2-mile-away move to Harvard to continue investigating the fascinating and similarly small trajectory of microbes.

Email: aporet@g.harvard.edu
ORCID: 0000-0002-0723-987X

Natalia Quinones-Olvera

Graduate Student (SSQBio)

Natalia studies mobile genetic elements in bacteria, with a combination of bioinformatics and wet lab methods. She is particularly interested in conflicts between conjugative plasmids and bacteriophages.

Email: nquinones@g.harvard.edu
Twitter: @nquinoneso
GitHub, ORCID: 0000-0002-4612-6819

Eleanor A. Rand

Graduate Student (SSQBio)

Ellie once threw out the first pitch for the NC Dinos (NC 다이노스).

Email: eleanor_rand@g.harvard.edu
Twitter: @EllieRand3
ORCID: 0000-0003-0775-2064

Fernando W. Rossine

Postdoctoral Fellow

Fernando is interested in the evolutionary dynamics of plasmid-borne genes. He is also a slime mold whisperer and tie dye wizard.

Email: fernando_rossine@hms.harvard.edu
Twitter: @Fernpizza

Célia Souque

Postdoctoral Fellow

Célia is interested in the impact of mobile genetic elements and horizontal gene transfer mechanisms on bacterial evolution. Outside of the lab, she is a boardgames fan and an underwater hockey player.

Email: celia_souque@hms.harvard.edu
Twitter: @Celia_Sqe
Google Scholar, ORCID: 0000-0001-7194-4322

Sophia Wiesenfeld

Graduate Student (SSQBio)

Sophia's microbiologist origin story started with Brian Hammer at Georgia Tech, she's in graduate school to continue that arc.

Email: swiesenfeld@g.harvard.edu
ORCID: 0000-0003-0280-3838

Amy Zamora

Graduate Student (SSQBio)

Amy is generally interested in combining experimental and mathematical approaches to studying microbial evolution. When not in lab, Amy loves to explore the outdoors, run obscenely long distances, and climb mountains (especially volcanoes)! 🌋

Email: azamora@g.harvard.edu
ORCID: 0000-0001-8796-9292



Jasmijn Baaijens

Assistant Professor of Computer Science, TU Delft
Visiting Researcher

Jasmijn is interested in genome reconstruction from sequencing reads, as well as other biological problems that can be solved through graph theory and mathematical optimization.

Email: j.a.baaijens@tudelft.nl
Twitter: @jasmijnbaaijens
Google Scholar, ORCID: 0000-0001-5661-0658


   Lab Alumni


Alice Fan, Undergrad Researcher (HMS Sysbio Summer Intern)
   Last seen: Undergraduate Student, BU

Carmen Hernandez-Perez, Undergrad Researcher (HMS SHURP)
   Last seen: Undergraduate Student, Cal State Northridge

Karel Břinda, Postdoc
   Last seen: INRIA Starting Faculty, INRIA, Rennes

Cristina Herren, Postdoc
   Last seen: Assistant Teaching Professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences, Northeastern University

Jasmijn Baaijens, Postdoc
   Last seen: Assistant Professor of Computer Science, TU Delft

Katelyn Lee, Undergrad Researcher (HMS Sysbio Summer Intern)
   Last seen: Undergraduate Student, Caltech

Kaylee Mueller, Research Associate
   Last seen: Kytopen

Eve Rahbé, Research Technician / Master's Student (EPFL).
   Last seen: PhD Student, Institut Pasteur

Mische Holland, Undergrad Researcher (HMS SIBMI)
   Last seen: PhD Student, University of Pittsburgh

Elle Deich, Undergrad Researcher (MIT MSRP)

Victoria Jones, Research Associate
   Last seen: Blueprint Medicines

Simone Pignotti, External Masters Student (LIGM/CNRS Université Paris-Est).
   Last seen: Eligo Bioscience

Isabel Ott, Undergraduate Research Assistant.
   Last seen: Lab technician, Iwasaki Lab, Yale School of Public Health

Scott Chimileski, Visiting Postdoc
   Last seen: Research Scientist, MBL

P. Winston Michalak, Undergraduate Research Assistant
   Last seen: Undergraduate Student, Harvard