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

Charles Jo, President 

Photo: Charles Jo

Charles Jo is a second-year Masters of Science student in the Biomedical Engineering program at Boston University. Charles is pursuing his thesis in the Segrè Lab where he is developing a 3D-printed microbial co-culture device in order to investigate community assembly principles. Charles serves as the President of the MIT Microbiome Club, hoping to foster an active local community of microbiome researchers and scientists. When he’s not in the lab, Charles likes to laugh at literally anything, box, play with his corgi/lab mix, or travel.


Alex Poret, VP and Community Team Member

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Undergraduate Student, Lieberman Lab, MIT Biological Engineering


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

Oscar Ospina
Seminar Series Team
Bioinformatician, Moffitt Cancer Center (Tampa, FL)

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

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

Veda Khadka
Symposium Lead
PhD Candidate, Lieberman Lab, MIT Microbiology Program

Anni Zhang
Symposium Team
Postdoc, Alm Lab, MIT Biological Engineering

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

Jessica Pan
Symposium Team and Graphic Designer
Undergraduate Student, MIT Biology Computational Biology Program

Christopher Mancuso
Postdoc, Lieberman Lab, MIT IMES

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