Hera Vlamakis is a Senior Group Leader/Research Scientist in the Infectious Disease and Microbiome Program (IDMP) at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, working with Ramnik Xavier on microbiome projects. She also co-directs the IDMP’s Microbial ‘Omics Core. Her research focus is understanding how the trillions of bacteria in the human gut, and the small molecules they produce, interact with each other and with the host during health and disease. Prior to joining the Broad Institute in 2015, Vlamakis was an instructor at Harvard Medical School. She holds a Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology from University of California at Berkeley as well as a B.S. in microbiology from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her postdoctoral research in microbiology and molecular genetics was undertaken at Harvard Medical School.