Former Members of the Lab

 

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TRAINING PERIOD

PREVIOUS INSTITUTION AND DEGREE

TITLE OF RESEARCH PROJECT IN AUSUBEL LAB

CURRENT POSITION

Former PreDocs
Gerard E. "Rod" Riedel 1975 - 1981 Harvard College, AB 1972; Harvard Graduate School of Education, MAT 1973 A molecular genetic analysis of the nitrogen fixation (nif) genes of Klebsiella pneumoniae VP, Regulatory Affairs, pSivida, Watertown, MA
Rachel Skvirsky 1975 - 1982 Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH, AB 1974 Cytokinin response in tissue explants of Petunia hybrida Associate Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts, Boston
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Gary B. Ruvkun 1977 - 1982 University of California, Berkeley, AB 1973 The molecular genetic analysis of symbiotic nitrogen fixation genes from Rhizobium meliloti Molecular Biologist, Massachusetts General Hospital; Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School
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Venkatesan Sundaresan 1977 - 1982 Univ. of Poona, India, BS 1972; Indian Institute of Technology, MSc; Carnegie Mellon, MS Regulation of nif genes in Klebsiella and Rhizobium Professor and Chair, Section of Plant Biology and Agronomy, University of California, Davis
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David W. Ow 1978 - 1983 University of California, Berkeley, AB 1978 Control of Klebsiella pneumoniae nitrogen fixation nif genes by the nifA product Principal Investigator, Plant Gene Expression Center, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Albany, CA
Frans J. deBruijn 1979 - 1983 Unknown Cloning and characterization of Klebsiella pneumoniae genes involved in the regulation of the nitrogen fixation gene cluster CNRS/INRA Laboratory, Toulouse, France
William J. Buikema 1979 - 1985 Unknown Identification and characterization of symbiotic mutants of Rhizobium meliloti Research Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, University of Chicago
Deborah Marvel 1979 - 1986 Wellesley College, BA English & Biology Symbiotic genes of a novel Rhizobium which nodulates Parasponia rigida Not employed in science
Christopher D. Earl 1981 - 1986 University of Pennsylvania, BA 1976 Construction of a physcial map of a large indigenous plasmid in Rhizobium meliloti which carries the nitrogen fixation genes Senior Advisor, Merck Venture Funds
Kate Wilson 1982 - 1987 Cambridge Univ. England, BA 1982 Regulation of Bradyrhizobim nitrogen fixation genes Executive Director of the Science Division at theáNSWáOffice of Environmentáand Heritage
Eric Richards 1983 - 1989 Vanderbilt University, BA 1982 Cloning and characterization of Arabidopsis thaliana telomeres Vice President for Research at the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research
Eva Huala 1983 - 1990 UC Santa Cruz, BA (hons.) 1982 Structure and function of the Rhizobium meliloti nifA gene Executive Director at Phoenix Bioinformatics
Rhonda Feinbaum 1983 - 1990 Reed College, BS 1982 Molecular genetic studies of the Arabidopsis thaliana chalcone synthase gene Assistant in Molecular Biology, Massachusetts General Hospital
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Mary Honma 1984 - 1988 University of California, Berkeley, BA 1981 Regulation of Rhizobium meliloti nitrogen nodulation genes Project Manager, Roche/Genentech, South San Francisco
Daniel Voytas 1984 - 1989 Harvard College, BS Copia-like transposable elements of Arabidopsis thaliana Professor, Director of the Center for Genome Engineering, U. Minnesota
Eric Schott 1987 - 1993 Reed College, BA 1985 Pathogenicity-related genes of Pseudomonas cichorii Research Associate, University of Maryland
Pablo Guevara 1988 - 1993 University of Puerto Rico, BS 1986 Cloning and characterization of the Pseudomonas syringae rpoN gene Physician
Erik Hendrickson 1988 - 1997 #800097 Harvey Mudd College, BS 1988 Cloning and characterization of the Pseudomonas syringae hrp and rpoN genes Senior Fellow in Microbiology, University of Washington
Elizabeth Rogers 1992 - 1997 Haverford College, BA 1990 Arabidopsis thaliana enhanced disease susceptibility mutants Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
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Lisa Stevens 1992 - 1998 Oklahoma State University, BS 1988 Identification of Pseudomonas syringae virulence-related genes Full-time mother
Man-Wah Tan 1993 - 1997 University of Cambridge, England MS 1988 Caenorhabditis elegans-Pseudomonas aeruginosa interactions Assistant Professor of Genetics, Department of Genetics; Microbiology & Immunology
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Sigrid Volko 1995 - 1998 University of Basel, Diploma Identification and characterization of Arabidopsis thaliana eds mutants Associate Director, Licensing and Technology Development, Johns Hopkins University
Jianping Cui 1998 - 2003 Fudan University, China, MS 1998 Molecular genetics of Arabidopsis-insect interactions Research Associate, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Postdoctoral Fellow, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT
Simone Ferrari 1999 - 2003 University "La Sapienza" of Rome Italy, BS 1998 Molecular genetics of Arabidopsis-pathogen interactions Assistant Professor, UniversitÓ degli Studi di Padova
Jakob Begun 2000 - 2005 Cornell University, BS 1997; Cambridge University, MPhil 1998 Investigating the host-pathogen interaction using a Staphylococcus- Caenorhabditis elegans model system Medical student, Harvard Medical School MD/PhD Program
Sachiko Miyata 1999 - 2007 University of Massachusetts. Amherst, BS 1998, MS 2001 Use of Galleria mellonella as a model system for the identification of Pseudomonas aeruginosa virulence factors; Mapping of C. elegans mutants that are resistant to Staph Research Associate, the laboratory of Katerina Artavanis-Tsakonas, Division of Cell and Molecular Biology, Imperial College London
Carine Denoux 2002 - 2008 Louis Pasteur University, Strasbourg, France, MS in Plant Molecular Biology 2001 Study of the common basal defense response to Flg22 and OGs in Arabidopsis thaliana On maternity leave
Wisuwat "Fu" Songnuan 2003-2009 Duke University, BS 2002 Role of Type III effectors in Arabidopsis pathogenesis Lecturer, Department of Plant Science, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
Nicole Mammarella 2004 - 2011 Virginia Tech, BS in Biology 2003 Innate immunity signaling pathways responsible for oligogalacturonide and ergosterol-triggered responses in Arabidopsis

Patent Specialist, Nixon Peabody LLP, Boston, MA

Yves Millet 2004-2011 Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon, BS 2003 Expression profiling of plant disease resistance pathways Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Waldor Lab, Channing Laboratory, Harvard Medical School
Grace Yuen 2010-2015 MIT, SB Biology 2009 C. elegans innate immune response to Enterococcus infection

Research Fellow, Ragon Institute, Cambridge, MA

Former PostDocs
Kaaren A. Janssen 1976 - 1979? Unknown Investigation of the uptake, replication, and expression of bacterial plasmid DNA in plant cells Acquisitions and Project Managing Editor, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
Maureen R. Hanson 1976 - 1979 Duke University, BS 1971 Molecular genetic analysis of the transformation process in a plant cancer Professor of Biology, Cornell University
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Harry M. Meade 1977 - 1979 Union College, Schnectady, NY, BS/BSEE 1969 Genetic analysis of nodulation process and construction of new vectors Senior Vice President of Research and Development of GTC Biotherapeutics Inc.
Stephan S. Miller 1977 - 1979 University of California, Santa Cruz, AB Honors 1969 Control of nitrogenase synthesis in Klebsiella pneumoniae Principal Scientist, Head Gene Expression Group, Biogen Inc.
Harriet Jane Smith 1978 - 1980 Unknown Unknown Program Manager, USDA Competitive Grants Office (deceased)
Sharon R. Long 1979 - 1981 California Institute of Technology, BS Honors, 1973 Genetics of nitrogen fixation in the Rhizobium meliloti - alfalfa symbiosis; Developmental biology of symbiotic root nodules Professor of Biology, Dean, School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University. Member National Academy of Sciences
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Jonathan D.G. Jones 1980 - 1982 Cambridge University, UK, PhD 1980 The transfer of Rhizobium meliloti nodulation genes to Agrobacterium tumefaciens; control of nif gene expression in R. meliloti Senior Research Scientist, Sainsbury Institute, Norwich, England
Wynne Szeto 1981 - 1984 Unknown Unknown Not employed in science
Naomi Lang-Unnasch 1982 - 1985 Harvard University, Ph.D. Characterization of alfalfa nodulins Department of Biology, University of Alabama, Birmingham
M. Kathleen Dunn 1982-1985 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Ph.D. 1982 Regulation of symbiotic plant genes Associate Professor of Biology, Boston College
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Bruce Burnett 1983-1986 MIT, Ph.D. 1982 Development of a molecular genetic system for investigating the alfalfa genes which are specifically expressed during the formation of symbiotic nitrogen fixing root nodules Director of Regulatory Affairs, Duke Translational Medicine Institute, Duke University School of Medicine
Neil Olszewski 1983-1987 University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Ph.D. 1983 Molecular biology of gibberellin action; construction of specialized cloning vectors for use in plant transformation experiments Professor of Botany, University of Minnesota
B. Tracy Nixon 1983-1987 MIT, Ph.D. 1982 Molecular biology and genetics of nitrogen fixation, discovering conservation of sensory transduction and transcriptional regulation among eubacteria and developing B. sp [Parasponiae] as a model for nif regulation in bradyrhizobia Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Pennsylvania State University
Craig A. Bloch 1984 - 1988 Duke University, MD 1981 Role of superoxidedismutase in E. coli pathogenicity Assistant Research Scientist, Pediatrics, University of Michigan Medical School
Joanne Chory 1984 - 1988 MIT, Ph.D. 1983 Light-mediated regulation in Arabidopsis thaliana Professor of Biology, Salk Institute, San Diego, CA
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Donald Straus 1985 - 1990 Harvard University, Ph.D. Genomic subtraction for cloning DNA corresponding to deletion mutations CEO, First Light Biosciences Inc., Bedford, MA
Rebecca Dickstein 1985 - 1989 Johns Hopkins, Ph.D. Expression of nodule-specific genes in alfalfa root nodules blocked at an early stage of development. Professor of Biochemistry, University of North Texas
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James L. Michel 1986 - 1989 Johns Hopkins & Harvard Medical School, M.D./Ph.D. Cloning and characterization of the B group streptococcus alpha antigen gene Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School (deceased)
Keith R. Davis 1986 - 1989 U. Colorado, Ph.D. Establishment of Arabidopsis thaliana as a model host for studies of plant pathogenesis Director,áJohnson Center for Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology, Indiana University
Lisa Albright 1986 - 1989 U. California, San Diego, Ph.D. Two-component regulatory systems of Rhizobium meliloti Associate Editor, Current Protocols in Molecular Biology
Andrzej Konieczny 1987 - 1992 University Agriculture, Poland, Ph.D. Characterization of a super family of Arabidopsis thaliana retrotransposable elements Associate Director, Cell Line Development at Shire HGT, Boston
Tai Ping Sun 1988 - 1991 Duke University, Ph.D. 1987 Cloning the Arabidopsis GA1 locus by genomic subtraction Professor of Biology, Duke University, Durham, NC
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Xinnian Dong 1988 - 1992 Northwestern U., Ph.D. Induction of Arabidopsis thaliana defense genes by virulent and avirulent Pseudomonas syringae strains Professor of Biology, Duke University, Durham, NC
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Gisela Storz 1989 - 1991 University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D. Analysis of Arabidopsis mutants deficient in flavonoid biosynthesis Head of Section on Environmental Gene Regulation, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
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Michael Mindrinos 1989 - 1999 Boston College, Ph.D. 1984 Cloning and characterization of the Arabidopsis thaliana RPS2 disease resistance gene; Development of Arabidopsis molecular mapping markers Associate Research Director, Stanford Genome Technology Center, Palo Alto, CA
Jean Greenberg 1989 - 1993 Harvard College, Ph.D. Isolation and characterization of Arabidopsis thaliana accelerated cell death mutants Assistant Professor of Ecology & Evolution, U. Chicago
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William Kubasek 1989 - 1994 University of Oregon, Ph.D. Regulation of flavonoid biosynthetic genes in germinating Arabidopsis seedlings Consultant
Daniel Voytas 1984 - 1989 Harvard University, Ph.D. 1990 Isolation of Arabidopsis thaliana retrotransposons Professor, Director of the Center for Genome Engineering, U. Minnesota
Guo-liang Yu 1990 - 1993 University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D. Cloning and characterization of the Arabidopsis thaliana RPS2 disease resistance gene President and CEO, Epitomics, Inc., Burlingame, CA
Laurence Rahme 1991 - 1998 University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D. Development of a multi-host pathogenesis system and characterization of Pseudomonas aeruginosa virulence factors Assistant Professor of Surgery (Microbiology and Molecular Genetics), MGH/Harvard Medical School
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Fumiaki Katagiri 1991 - 1995 Rockefeller University, Ph.D. 1991 Cloning and characterization of the Arabidopsis thaliana RPS2 disease resistance gene Associate Professor of Biology, University of Minnesota
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Jane Glazebrook 1991 - 1995 M.I.T., Ph.D. 1991 Isolation and characterization of Arabidopsis thaliana phytoalexin deficient mutants Associate Professor of Biology; University of Minnesota
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T. Lynne Reuber 1992 - 1998 M.I.T., Ph.D. 1992 Isolation and characterization of Arabidopsis defense related genes and eds mutants Program Director, Two Blades Foundation
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Vladimir Feschenko 1993 - 1994 Academy of Medical Sciences, USSR, Ph.D. 1992 Cloning the Arabidopsis thaliana RPS2 resistance gene Research Assistant Professor of Molecular Virology, Immunology & Medical Genetics, Ohio State University Medical Center
Lawrence Ilag 1993 - 1998 Yale University, Ph.D. 1993 Isolation and characterization of rice resistance genes Patent Lawyer, Biotechnology/Pharmaceutical Practice Group, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP, Washington, DC
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Kristin Wobbe 1994 - 1995 Harvard Medical School, Ph.D. 1991 Arabidopsis-viral interactions Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA
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Shalina Mahajan-Miklos 1995 - 1999 Yale University, Ph.D. 1995 Caenorhabditis elegans-Pseudomonas aeruginosa interactions Senior Scientist, Microbia Inc., Cambridge, MA
Jacqueline Heard 1996 - 1998 Boston College, Ph.D. 1996 Use of the fungal toxin fumonisin B1 to study the plant defense response Project Leader, Monsanto Company
Sandy M. Wong 1996 - 1998 UCLA, Ph.D. 1996 Characterization of Pseudomonas aeruginosa virulence factors Instructor, Dept. of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Georg Jander 1996 - 1998 Harvard Medical School, Ph.D. 1995 Molecular genetics of Arabidopsis-insect interactions Professor, Boyce Thompson Research Institute, Ithaca NY
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Sigrid Volko 1998 - 2000 University of Basel, Ph.D. Characterization of Pseudomonas aeruginosa virulence factors Associate Director, Licensing and Technology Development, Johns Hopkins University
Peter Yorgey 1993 - 2000 Harvard Medical School, Ph.D. 1993 Identification and characterization of Arabidopsis thaliana eds mutants and characterization of the Pseudomonas aeruginiosa degP gene. Principal Scientist, DSM Nutrional Products Microbia, Inc., Lexington, MA
Tsuneaki Asai 1996 - 2001 Kyoto University, Japan, Ph.D. 1991 Mechanism of flagellin signalling in the plant defense response Associate Professor, Division of Basic Molecular Science and Molecular Medicine, Tokai University School of Medicine; Senior Scientist, GenoDive Pharma, Kanagawa, Japan
Alejandro Aballay 1999 - 2002 Nacional de Cuyo University.Mendoza. Argentina, Ph.D. 1998 Characterization of Salmonella typhimurium-C. elegans interactions Assistant Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University Medical Center
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Julie Stone 1997 - 2001 University of Missouri, Columbia , Ph.D. Biochemistry, 1996 Use of the fungal toxin fumonisin B1 to study the plant defense response Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Jacinto Villanueva 1999 - 2002 University of California, Davis , Ph.D. Genetics 2000 Characterization of C. elegans defense-related genes Senior Scientist, Epitomics, California
Mary Wildermuth 1998 - 2003 University of Colorado, Boulder, Ph.D. 1997 Identification and characterization of Arabidopsis thaliana eds mutants Assistant Professor of Plant and Microbial Biology, U.C. Berkeley, CA
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Costi Sifri 1998 - 2003 University of Rochester, M.D. Unknown Assistant Professor, University of Virginia Health Sciences
Danielle Garsin 1999 - 2003 Harvard University, Ph.D. 1999 Characterization of Enterococcus faecalis virulence factors Assistant Professor, University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston
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Eleftherios "Terry" Mylonakis 2000 - 2002 National University of Athens, Greece, M.D., Ph.D. 1994 Unknown Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Christina Powell 2001 - 2005 Harvard Medical School, Ph.D. 1999 Integrated Microarray Database System Medical and technical writing consultant
Dennis Kim 2000 - 2005 Harvard Medical School, M.D., Ph.D. 1997 Genetic analysis of innate immunity in C. elegans Associate Professor of Biology, MIT, Cambridge, MA
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Daniel Grenfell-Lee 1999 - 2006 MIT, Ph.D. 1999 Genomic Analysis of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Virulence Factors Global Product Manager DSM Nutritional Products Ltd., Switzerland
Andrew Diener 2000 - 2007 MIT, Ph.D. 2000 Multiple Host Pathogenesis Genes in a Filamentous Fungus Assistant in Molecular Biology, Mass. General Hospital
Nicole Liberati-Moore 2001 - 2007 Duke University, Ph.D. 2000 PA14 Tn Library/ TIR-1 Program Associate at private family foundation
Terence Moy 2002 - 2007 Harvard University, Ph.D. 2002 Identification of anti-infectives using a simple host model Research Scientist, Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Lexington, MA
Emily Troemel 2005 - 2008 University of California, San Francisco, Ph.D. 1999 Characterization of the C. elegans innate immune response and identification of natural microsporidian parasite of C. elegans Professor of Biological Sciences, University of California, San Diego
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Jennifer Powell 2004 - 2009 University of California Berkeley, Ph.D. 2003 Chromosome counting signals that determine Caenorhabditis elegans sex Assistant Professor of Biology, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA
Javier Irazoqui 2003 - 2009 Duke University, North Carolina, Ph.D. 2003 Genetic analysis of innate immunity in C. elegans Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital
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Nicole Kho Clay 2005 - 2010 Yale University, Ph.D. 2005 Innate immunity and pathogenesis in Arabidopsis thaliana Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Yale University
Julia Dewdney 1993 - 2011* Harvard Medical School, Ph.D. 1993 Expression profiling of plant disease response Retired. *Postdoc 1993 - 1995; Assistant in Molecular Biology, 1995 - 2011
Mark Rosenzweig 2008 - 2013 MIT, Ph.D. 2006 Mechanisms underlying transcriptional regulation of defense gene expression Scientist, Foundation Medicine
Cristian "Colo" Danna 2003 - 2013 National University of San Martin, Argentina, Ph.D. 2002 Expression profiling of plant disease resistance pathways Assistant Professor of Biology, Univ. of VA
Slavica Djonovic 2007 - 2013 Texas A&M University, Ph.D. 2005 Concomitant evolution of pathogen-derived cell wall degrading enzymes and corresponding plant cell walls Scientist, Symbiota, Inc., Cambridge, MA
Read Pukkila-Worley 2009 - 2014 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, M.D. 2004 A C. elegans- C. albicans model of the host-pathogen interaction Assistant Professor, U. Mass. Medical School, Worcester, MA
Xuecheng Zhang 2010 - 2015 University of Missouri-Columbia, Ph.D. 2005 Global analysis of plant disease resistance pathways Scientist, Symbiota, Cambridge, MA
Natalia Kirienko 2010 - 2015 University of Wyoming, Ph.D. 2009 Mechanistic insights into C. elegans immunity using chemical genetics Assistant Professor, Rice University, TX
Daniel Kirienko 2012 - 2015 University of Wyoming, Ph.D. 2012 Pathogenic interaction between Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Caenorhabditis elegans Lab Manager, Rice University, TX
Zhenyu Cheng 2010 - 2015 University of Waterloo, Ph.D. 2010 Characterization of Pseudomonas aeruginosa proteins mediating host innate immunity Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada
Cara Haney 2011 - 2015 Stanford University, Ph.D. 2010 Identification of host and bacterial genes required for host-microbiome associations Assistant Professor, Univ. of British Columbia
Eliana Drenkard 1993 - 2007 (Asst. in Mol. Biol. 2007 - 2015 Cordoba University, Argentina, Ph.D. 1995 Study of Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms Assistant Researcher, Dept. of Pediatrics, Mass. General Hospital