Group members

A. Sloan Devlin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Principal Investigator

About Sloan

Arijit A. Adhikari, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral fellow
arijit_adhikari@hms.harvard.edu

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
lina_yao@hms.harvard.edu

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.

Snehal Nitin Chaudhari, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral fellow
Snehal_Chaudhari@hms.harvard.edu

Snehal is from Mumbai, India where she completed her Bachelors degree in Biotechnology. She then completed her MS in Biotechnology at Pennsylvania State University, and her PhD in Cellular Biology at the University of Georgia under the guidance of Dr. Edward Kipreos. Her graduate work focused on establishing the first in vitro cell culture system for C. elegans germ stem cells, and studying the role of mitochondrial morphology in aging. In the Devlin lab, she studies the signaling pathways induced by gut bacterial metabolites using human and murine cell lines.

Snehal enjoys going to concerts, catching up with friends, and watching sports with her husband.

Sula Ndousse-Fetter
Research Assistant
sula_ndousse-fetter@hms.harvard.edu

Originally from the Washington D.C. metro area, Sula recently 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 has since 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.

Megan McCurry
Chemical Biology PhD Student
meganmccurry@g.harvard.edu

Originally from Atlanta, GA, Megan earned her BS in Biochemistry & Cell Biology from Rice University in 2017. As an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Yousif Shamoo’s lab at Rice, she studied experimental evolution to antibiotic resistance as a method to understand antibiotic mechanisms of action. In the Devlin lab, Megan is working to discover novel steroid metabolism by gut bacteria and to understand the impact of these metabolites on human health and disease.

Outside of the lab, Megan enjoys singing, volunteering, seeing movies, hitting the gym, and exploring new cuisines and restaurants with friends.