Group members

A. Sloan Devlin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Principal Investigator

About Sloan

Sarah Seaton, Ph.D.
Research Associate

A native of North Carolina, Sarah received BS degrees in Biology and Chemistry from High Point University, and then completed a doctoral degree in Microbiology at the University of Georgia, under the direction of Dr. Ellen Neidle. Sarah then moved to Tufts University School of Medicine and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Stuart Levy, exploring projects aimed at understanding how bacteria-bacteria interactions in the rhizosphere promote plant health and productivity.

After two years as an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina Asheville, where she explored research topics ranging from analysis of microbial communities associated with carnivorous pitcher plants to antibiotic production by soil bacteria, Sarah returned to Boston as a Research Associate in the Devlin Laboratory. Her ongoing work analyzes how and why bacteria in the gut synthesize and transform small molecules, and how these bacteria ultimately influence the host.

Away from the lab bench, Sarah is an avid seamstress and college football fan. She enjoys exploring New England with her husband and spoiling their dog, Layla.

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.