Michael Baym

Principal Investigator
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics
Affiliate Faculty in Microbiology
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, 6/26/23), Google Scholar, Pubmed, USPTO Issued Patents, USPTO Patent Applications, ORCID: 0000-0003-1303-5598

Adele Collin

Graduate Student (MBI)

Adele has a keen interest in applying computational methods to enhance our understanding of antibiotic resistance. Beyond the confines of the laboratory, she finds joy in embarking on adventurous journeys in the mountains or by the sea.

Email: adele_collin@hms.harvard.edu
ORCID: 0009-0004-7544-0753

Arya Kaul

Graduate Student (BIG)

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

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

Kepler Mears

Rotation Student (BBS)

Email: keplermears@g.harvard.edu

Siân V. Owen

Postdoctoral Fellow

Siân thinks that phages are the most interesting biological entity on the planet, and leads a number of phage-related projects in the lab. When she is not hunting weird phages in wastewater, she is hunting edible mushrooms in mossy New England forests.

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

Shreyas Pai

Graduate Student (SSQBio)

Shreyas loves all things evolution, from social evolution to evolutionary conflicts to levels of selection. Outside the lab, he enjoys cricket, football, tennis, and board games.

Email: shreyaspai@g.harvard.edu
Twitter: @TheShreyasPai

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 is working on a novel assay for environmental phage discovery. She is interested in both the ecological and clinical impacts that phages have on bacterial populations. She 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 interested in temperate bacteriophages and the roles they play in evolution; particularly with regards to antibiotic resistance evolution and bacteriophage competition. When not in lab, Amy loves to rock climb, run obscenely long distances, and climb mountains! ⛰

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


Lucy M. McCully, Postdoc

Anurag Limdi, PhD Student (MCO)
   Last seen: Data Scientist, Apriori Bio

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

Carmen Hernandez-Perez, Undergrad Researcher (HMS SHURP)
   Last seen: Post-baccalaureate Fellow, NIH

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: PhD Student, Columbia University

Kaylee Mueller, Research Associate
   Last seen: Nabsys

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: Kiniksa Pharmaceuticals

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

Isabel Ott, Undergraduate Research Assistant.
   Last seen: PhD Student, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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

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