Leadership

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.

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, Director of the Center for the Study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and Core Faculty of the Molecular Biology Department at MGH; Core Institute Member and Co-Director of the Infectious Disease and Microbiome Program at the Broad Institute; and founding Co-Director of the Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics at MIT. His genetics and microbiome research programs integrate novel genetic, molecular, and chemical biology approaches to gain functional insights into mucosal homeostasis and inflammation.

Vicki Mountain

CMIT Assistant Director

Vicki Mountain, Ph.D. is the Assistant Director of the Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics. Working with the Directors to achieve the Centers goals, and oversees scientific operations for the translational research, and clinical programs, as well as the education and outreach efforts. Prior to joining the Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics, she gained over 15 year experience in different editorial and management roles in organizations including Cell Press, and EBSCO Health, Reflexion Pharmaceuticals, American Chemical Society, and the Max-Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces. She has a B.Sc. from the University of Glasgow, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Dartmouth Medical School.

Steering Committee

Eric Alm
Co-Director of the Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics, Professor of Biological Engineering, Institute Member Broad Institute

Arup Chakraborty
Core Faculty of the Institute of Medical Engineering and Science, MIT

James Collins
Core Faculty of the Institute of Medical Engineering and Science, MIT

Douglas Lauffenburger
Head of the Department of Biological Engineering, MIT

Vicki Mountain
Assistant Director, Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics

Neil Rasmussen
Founder of the Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics, and the Neil and Anna Rasmussen Foundation

Arlene Sharpe
Chair of the Department of Immunology, Harvard Medical School

Aviv Regev
Chair of the Faculty and Core Member, Broad Institute

Ramnik Xavier
Co-Director of the Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics, Core Faculty Broad Institute, Director CCIB & CSIBD at Massachusetts General Hospital