Photo: Eric Alm

Eric Alm

CMIT Director

Eric Alm is a Professor of Biological Engineering at MIT and an Institute 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, he is interested in using technology to personalize medicine and improve public health. His laboratory has helped to start several companies and non-profit organizations dedicated to translating research findings into the real world solutions, including OpenBiome, Finch Therapeutics, Biobot Analytics, and the Global Microbiome Conservancy.

Alm Lab

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Ramnik Xavier

CMIT Director

Ramnik Xavier, M.D, is the Kurt Isselbacher Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Director of the Center for Computational and Integrative Biology, Core Faculty of the Molecular Biology Department at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Core Institute Member and Co-Director of the Infectious Disease and Microbiome Program at the Broad Institute. Stemming from his initial interest in how Inflammatory Bowel Disease develops, his research programs now integrate novel genetic, molecular, and biochemical approaches to understand gut mucosal homeostasis and inflammation. This has led to a broader interest in the role of intestinal health in human health and disease.

Xavier Lab

Vicki Mountain

CMIT Assistant Director

Vicki Mountain, Ph.D., is the Assistant Director of the Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics. Her background in biochemistry led to an interest in scientific publishing and project management, where she gained experience working for organizations such as Cell Press, EBSCO Health, Reflexion Pharmaceuticals, The American Chemical Society, and the Max-Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces. She now works closely with Drs. Alm and Xavier at CMIT, overseeing scientific operations for translational research and clinical programs. She also works to expand student outreach and educational programs, supporting the development of the next generation of microbiome researchers.

Steering Committee

Photo: Eric AlmEric Alm
Co-Director of the Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics, Professor of Biological Engineering, Institute Member Broad Institute
Photo: Arup ChakrabortyArup Chakraborty
Core Faculty of the Institute of Medical Engineering and Science, MIT
Photo: James CollinsJames Collins
Core Faculty of the Institute of Medical Engineering and Science, MIT
Photo: Douglas LauffenburgerDouglas Lauffenburger
Head of the Department of Biological Engineering, MIT
Vicki Mountain
Assistant Director, Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics
Photo: RasmussenNeil Rasmussen
Founder of the Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics, and the Neil and Anna Rasmussen Foundation
Photo: Ariene SharpeArlene Sharpe
Chair of the Department of Immunology, Harvard Medical School
Photo: Aviv RegevAviv Regev
Chair of the Faculty and Core Member, Broad Institute
Photo: Ramnik XavierRamnik Xavier
Co-Director of the Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics, Core Faculty Broad Institute, Director CCIB & CSIBD at Massachusetts General Hospital