Eric Alm Co-Director
Eric Alm is an associate professor of bioengineering at MIT and an associate member of the Broad Institute. His research uses complementary computational and experimental methods to engineer the human microbiome, including data science, quantitative analysis, and novel molecular techniques. More broadly, the Alm lab emphasizes a systems-level approach to answering questions and solving problems in microbial ecology that have the potential to improve human health, develop sound bioremediation strategies, and uncover the global history of microbes. Dr. Alm also serves on the Board of Directors for the non-profit stool bank, OpenBiome.
Ramnik Xavier Co-Director
Ramnik Xavier, M.D, is Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital; Kurt Isselbacher Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; and Senior Associate Member of the Broad Institute. In addition to his duties as a clinical gastroenterologist, he teaches medical students, residents in medicine, and gastroenterology fellows rotating through the Crohn’s Colitis Center at MGH. Dr. Xavier’s research combines basic science with translational approaches to study Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. He directs the Center for the Study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, a NIH-funded multidisciplinary program established to identify fundamental mechanisms underlying Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and co-leads an investigation to identify connections between the microbiome and inflammatory bowel disease, a project that is part of the second phase of the Human Microbiome Project (HMP), an NIH initiative first launched in 2008.