Sarah Seaton, Ph.D.
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 work focused on how and why bacteria in the gut transform small molecules and how these molecules ultimately influence the host, in particular, host metabolism and the host immune system. Sarah is currently a scientist at Indigo Agriculture in Boston, MA.
Originally from the Washington D.C. metro area, Sula finished her Bachelors in Chemical and Physical Biology and Global Health at Harvard College. She completed her undergraduate thesis in the area of antibiotic production in microbial communities in the Kolter Lab in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Harvard Medical School. She moved across the street to support the Devlin Lab’s research on bile acid metabolism by gut bacteria.
She also enjoys reading and running and is passionate about engaging in community-building efforts wherever she finds herself.
BCMP Summer 2019 Scholar
Hailing from Winchester, MA, Aiden is a junior at Cornell University majoring in Biochemistry within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. During his time at Cornell, Aiden has most enjoyed his classes in organic chemistry and in art history. As a sophomore, he worked in the CholKids (The Cornell Maternal Choline & Child Cognition Study) lab and developed a computer program to track infant eye movements during cognitive performance tests. Fascinated by the role of the gut microbiota in disease and interested in determining the mechanisms by which gut bacteria influence host immunity, Aiden joined the Devlin Lab as a Summer Scholar in 2019.
Outside of classes, Aiden spends his time doing pottery and collage, hiking, and seeing live music. He is also an animal-lover and attained short-lived Youtube stardom when a video he posted on guppy breeding garnered over 200,000 views.
Ari A. Adhikari, PhD
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 used small molecule inhibitors to modulate different bacterially produced bile acids in order to study the effects of these compounds on the host. Ari is currently a Scientist at Senda Biosciences.
Outside the lab, Ari is a vivid cricket fan and enjoys playing tennis, cooking, driving and traveling with his wife.