Group members

A. Sloan Devlin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Principal Investigator

About Sloan

Arijit A. Adhikari, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral fellow

Originally from Mumbai - India, Ari completed his Bachelor’s in Chemistry and Master’s in Organic Chemistry from Mumbai University. Ari received his Ph.D. in April 2017 from Syracuse University under the guidance of Professor John D. Chisholm. In the Chisholm lab his research primarily focused on the development of new synthetic methodologies using trichloroacetimidates, one of the most significant achievements being its application towards the synthesis of pyrroloindoline natural products. Ari then moved from one snowy city to another (Boston) where he joined the Devlin lab as a postdoctoral fellow in May 2017. In the Devlin lab he is using small molecule inhibitors to modulate different bacterially produced bile acids in order to study the effects of these compounds on the host.

Outside the lab, Ari is a vivid cricket fan and enjoys playing tennis, cooking, driving and traveling with his wife.


Lina Yao, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral fellow

Originally from Zhejiang, China, Lina received her B.S. degree from Zhejiang University in 2012, where she conducted research in the characterization of genes related to pollen development in Brassica in the laboratory of Dr. Jiashu Cao. She also minored in Agribusiness Management and participated in summer internships at UIUC and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. She earned her Ph.D. in microbiology in 2016 from National University of Singapore under the general direction of Dr. Lee Yuan Kun. She was also co-supervised by Dr. Tan Tin Wee with a focus on bioinformatics with high performance computing. Her graduate work focused on molecular genetics and global transcriptomic analysis of lipid metabolism in microalgae for biofuel production. In 2017, she joined Devlin lab as a postdoctoral fellow and is investigating how gut bacteria metabolize bile acids and the effects bacterial metabolites on the host.

Away from the lab, she loves to stroll around the city, sample foods and teas, and learn about the local culture. She is excited about her move to Boston, the home to several major league sports teams, and the opportunity to watch games live.