What I've been up to recently

August 2022: I presented a poster at the 2022 Molecular Genetics of Bacteria and Phages meeting in Madison, Wisconsin, USA

July 2022: I co-authered a preprint lead by the Church lab on how to synthetically recode E. coli  to make it resistant to all phages. Congrats Akos!

May 2022- June 2022: I ran the HMS-phages program, an 8-week research internship for students from Roxbury Community College. We isolated lots of new phages!

May 2022: I co-authored a preprint from the Baym lab on changes in gene essentiality over time among the paralell E. coli populations of the Lenski Long Term Evolution Experiment. Congrats Anurag!

March 2022: I gave an invited seminar for the Biology department at University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Thanks to Andrew for the invitation

February 2022: The paper I co-authored with the Balskus lab was published in Nature

October 2021: My paper made the cover of the November issue of Cell Host & Microbe, featuring an awesome graphic by Eliza Wolfson

Septemeber 2021: My paper on the BstA phage defense system is published online at Cell Host & Microbe!

May 2021: I co-authored a preprint in collaboration with the Balskus lab on the prophage-inducing properties of colibactin, a small molecule produced by gut bacteria

October 2020: I gave an invited seminar for the Salmonella and Enterics Group at MLW in Blantyre Malawi

October 2020: I gave an invited talk to the Iqbal group at EMBL-EBI, Cambridge UK

Septemeber 2020: I gave an invited seminar for the Molecular and Genetics seminar series at Brandeis University, USA. Thanks to Alex for inviting me!

July 2020: I gave a talk about my recent preprint at the (virtual) Boston Bacterial Meeting 2020

July 2020: I published a preprint describing a new prophage-encoded phage defense system, check it out!

June 2020: We resumed limited wet lab research at the Baym lab -YAY

June 2022: The paper I co-authored with the Springer lab was published in Science

May 2020: I gave an invited seminar for the phage seminar series organised by the Millard lab at the University of Leicester, UK

March 2020: We shut down our wet lab as Harvard suspended non-essential research activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic :'(

February 2020: I published my first paper as corresponding author in Microbial Genomics on transcriptiomic analysis of prophages

December 2019: I co-organised the inaurgural meeting of Boston PFU, a meeting to connect phage-researchers in the Boston area

October 2019: I gave an invited seminar for The Parsons Lab Microbial Systems Seminar Series at MIT

June 2019: I somehow found myself presenting 3 talks and 2 posters at ASM Microbe 2019 in San Francisco- YIKES

May 2019: I had a great time visiting and giving an invited seminar at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. Thanks to the Graduate Student Association for the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences for the invitation!

April 2019: I was awarded the Roche Travel Award for Phage Genomics to attend the upcoming ASM Microbe 2019 in San Francisco later this year- thanks Division M!