Lab Alumni

Lisa Frielinghaus profile photoLisa Frielinghaus

Lisa worked on identifying genetic pathways of serum resistance in clinical Neisseria gonorrhoeae isolates.

Lisa is now working as a physician in the Netherlands

Kyra FrylingKyra Fryling

Kyra’s work focused on understanding antibiotic resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae through a variety of techniques, as well as an understanding of antibiotic resistance and the spread of pathogens in hospital settings.

Jamea Hay Profile PhotoJames Hay

James used computational methods to study the viral kinetics of SARS-CoV-2 and to investigate how RT-qPCR cycle threshold values collected in hospitals could be used for epidemic surveillance


Stephen Kissler profile photoStephen Kissler

Stephen’s work focused on monitoring the spread of Neisseria gonorrhoeae in urban settings using partner identification data and whole-genome pathogen sequencing.
Current role: Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado

Michelle LongMichelle Long

Michelle was the lab manager/research assistant. She is now completing her undergraduate studies at Harvard University, pursuing her thesis in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies.


Kevin MaKevin Ma

Kevin applied microbial genome-wide association methods and bacterial genetics to discover new antibiotic resistance mechanisms in pathogenic bacteria. Additional information about his research interests and publications can be found at

Current role: Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Skylar MartinSkylar Martin

Sky was interested in mathematical approaches to design antibiotic susceptibility tests and quantify their impact on disease burden and resistance emergence.


Tatum Mortimer profile photoTatum Mortimer

Tatum was investigating the genomic epidemiology of Neisseria gonorrhoeae and how local public health systems can best use genomics to slow or contain disease transmission and the rise of antibiotic resistance. Current role: Assistant Professor at University of Georgia

Scott OlesenScott Olesen

Scott was interested in developing quantitative principles for antibiotic stewardship using genomic data and mathematical modelling.

Current role: Team Lead at the Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Emily Reichert, profile photoEmily Reichert

Emily was interested in applying quantitative approaches to characterize and inform complex public health challenges. Her research explored topics including antibiotic resistance and COVID-19.
Current role: Healthcare Analyst at Analysis Group

Dan Rubin, profile pictureDan Rubin

Dan worked on understanding mechanisms of drug resistance in N. gonorrhoeae.
Current role: MD/PhD student at Harvard Medical School


Mohamad SaterMohammad Sater

Mohamad’s interest is public health microbiology and the utility of microbial genomics tools in surveillance, intervention and evidence-based strategy development. His focus in the lab was using large-scale sequencing of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus to study the bacterium colonization dynamics and identify genetic factors contributing to persistence.
Current role: Director of Computational Biology and Day Zero Diagnostics

Daphne SunDaphne Sun

Daphne was studying the evolution of antibiotic resistance in Staphylococcus aureus.

Current role: Bioinformatics Scientist at Regeneron

Crista WadsworthCrista Wadsworth

Crista’s research focused on the origins of biological diversity in natural populations. Her research in the Grad lab is focused on defining the genetic networks and epistatic interactions that contribute to the acquisition of antibiotic resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae.

Current role: Assistant Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Yi WangYi Wang

Yi was focused on the acquisition an antimicrobial resistance in Enterococcus, Neisseria, and Streptococcus, applying genetic approaches.


Katie WesterveltKatie Westervelt

Katie studied studying how selective pressures across physiological niches drive adaptive strategies in Neisseria gonorrhoeae.

Current role: PhD student at Harvard Medical School