Microbiome Club

The MIT Microbiome Club our student-led community education and outreach arm. The MIT Microbiome Club was created to provide a space at MIT dedicated to the exploration of the vibrant field of human microbiome studies, bringing together the students, researchers, clinicians, and members of the public currently working on or interested in this field. The Microbiome Club sponsors hands-on workshops and lunch and learn discussions, dinners with faculty and industry professionals, and educational material for short courses at MIT and science outreach events in the Cambridge community. The club is also involved with hosting larger CMIT events such as microbiome-focused symposia and hackathons. Through these activities and more, we aim to create a space for interested students to come together and plug into the network of research and outreach opportunities in this vibrant, new field. The MIT Microbiome Club is actively looking for interested members keen on helping shape the future of this club on campus.

If you are interested in getting involved in the Board or organizing club activities, email microbiome-exec@mit.edu. Or sign up to be added to the club mailing list.

Club Leadership

Veda Khadka, President 

Photo: Khadka

Veda Khadka is a fourth year graduate student in the Microbiology PhD Program at MIT. Veda is pursuing her thesis research in the Lieberman lab where she is investigating the education of the immune system to the commensal microbiota on the skin surface. As president of the microbiome club, Veda hopes to utilize virtual platforms developed during the pandemic to broaden club membership and look to microbiome research beyond Boston. Outside of lab, Veda loves to cook, bake, brew, and pretend to like running!


Alex Poret, VP and Community Team Member

Photo: Poret

Alex Poret is a senior undergraduate student in Bioengineering (course 20) at MIT. She is currently doing research in the Lieberman lab at MIT, studying the transmission and pathogenicity of Burkholderia dolosa in cystic fibrosis patients. In her free time, Alex enjoys running, dorm-room gardening, and exploring Boston.


Michaela Gold, Treasurer

Photo: Gold

Michaela is a second-year Microbiology PhD Student working in the Ribbeck Lab at MIT where she studies how mucus regulates opportunistic pathogens. She is also the Microbiome Club’s Treasurer and leads the Bacterial Bonanza, MIT ESP classes for middle and high school students, and starting this year an event for the Cambridge Science Festival! In her free time, Michaela enjoys running, reading, and baking.


General Board

Gabriel Lozano Betancourt
Seminar Series Team
Postdoc, Rakoff-Nahoum Lab, Boston Children’s Hospital

Maria Eugenia Inda
Journal Club Lead
PEW Postdoc Fellow, Synthetic Biology Center, Lu Lab, MIT Biological Engineering

Charles Jo
Industry Lead
PhD Candidate, Rakoff-Nahoum and Khalil Labs, Boston University Biomedical Engineering Program

Vaibhav Saini
Industry Team
Business Development & Technology Development, MilliporeSigma (Burlington, MA)

Zijay Tang
Community Lead
PhD Candidate, Lu Lab, MIT Biological Engineering

Izzy Goodchild-Michelman
Community Team
Undergraduate Student, Zomorrodi Lab, Harvard Molecular and Cellular Biology

Annika Gomez
Symposium Team
PhD Candidate, Cordero Lab, MIT Microbiology Program

Christopher Mancuso
Postdoc, Lieberman Lab, MIT IMES

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