Group alumni

Sarah Seaton, PhD - Scientist, Indigo Agriculture
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 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.

Sula Ndousse-Fetter
Research Assistant

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.

Aiden Kolodziej
BCMP Summer 2019 Scholar
ark259@cornell.edu

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.

Ari A. Adhikari, PhD - Scientist, Senda Biosciences
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 designed, synthesized, and utilized small molecule inhibitors to modulate different bacterially produced bile acids in order to study the effects of these compounds on the host.

Lina Yao, PhD - Senior Scientific Researcher, Genentech
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 <em>Brassica</em> 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 investigated how gut bacteria metabolize bile acids and the effects of bacterial metabolites on the host.