Video and artwork by Leah Bury
The Devlin lab at Harvard Medical School uses strategies from chemical biology to study the human microbiome. Our goal is to control the chemistry of human-associated bacteria in order to understand how the microbiome affects human health and disease. The lab leverages expertise from different fields, including synthetic organic chemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, analytical chemistry, and bioinformatics. Learn about our research.
The Devlin lab would be a good fit for students and post-docs with either (1) an organic or analytical chemistry background interested in using chemistry to study biological problems or (2) a microbiology, biochemistry, or cell biology background interested in studying the human microbiome. If you are interested, get in touch.
Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
In the Devlin lab, we strive to create an environment that values diversity, promotes an inclusive culture, and establishes a sense of belonging for each member of our group, both in lab and as part of the broader Harvard community. Collaboration, open communication, and trust are the cornerstones of our group. We welcome and support anyone regardless of race, disability, gender identification, sexual orientation, age, financial background, or religion.
- August 2023: We said goodbye to Snehal Chaudhari, who is starting her own lab as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison!
- August 2022: Our paper “Inhibition of microbial deconjugation of micellar bile acids protects against intestinal permeability and liver injury” with Snehal Chaudhari, Ari Adhikari, and other co-authors appeared in Science Advances. Check out the HMS Instagram post for a quick summary!
- August 2022: Our paper “A biosynthetic pathway for the selective sulfonation of steroidal metabolites by human gut bacteria” with Lina Yao, Gabriel D’Agostino, Ari Adhikari, Wei Li, and other co-authors appeared in Nature Microbiology.
- June 2022: We are excited to welcome Liz Jones to the lab!
- January 2022: We are excited to welcome Fei Ye to the lab!
- October 2021: Our review paper “Chains of evidence from correlations to causal molecules in microbiome-linked diseases” with Snehal Chaudhari and Megan McCurry appeared in Nature Chemical Biology, and it was featured on the cover!
- September 2021: We are excited to welcome Melissa Tran to the lab!
- July 2021: We said goodbye to Lina, who is starting a new position at Genentech.
- June 2021: We are excited to welcome Jasmine Walsh to the lab!
- April 2021: We said goodbye to Ari, who is starting a new position at Senda Biosciences!
- February 2021: Sloan has received an Alfred P. Sloan research fellowship in chemistry – congrats to the whole lab on this accomplishment!
- March 2020: We are excited to welcome Gabriel D’Agostino to the lab!