AMI S. BHATT, M.D., PH.D.

Assistant Professor, Departments of Medicine and Genetics, Divisions of Hematology and BMT

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Dr. Bhatt is an Assistant Professor of Medicine & Genetics at Stanford University. She received her MD and PhD (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology) at UCSF. There she received the Fineberg Award for Excellence in Teaching and was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha.  She completed residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and was a fellow in Hematology/Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Thereafter, she carried out her post-doctoral studies at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT.

Dr. Bhatt seeks to improve outcomes in patients with hematological malignancies by exhaustively characterizing the dynamics of the microbiome in immunocompromised individuals, and exploring how changes in the microbiome are associated with idiopathic diseases in this population. Her recent work, demonstrating the discovery of a novel bacterium using sequence-based analysis of a diseased human tissue (Bhatt et al, NEJM, 2013), was first presented as a Late-breaking abstract at ASH 2012 and has subsequently been presented nationally and internationally. She loves working with trainees and is excited about the application of new molecular and computational technologies to solve complicated metagenomic puzzles. Learning how to organize piles of shotgun metagenomic sequencing data into orderly lists of genomes and genes of potential clinical/biological importance is her passion. 

In addition to her academic efforts, Dr. Bhatt is committed to improving cancer care, education and research in resource-limited settings. She is the Director of Global Oncology for the Center for Innovation in Global Health at Stanford University and has served as a visiting lecturer at the Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland and the University of Botswana. She, along with Franklin Huang, is a co-founder and co-president of the non-profit organization Global Oncology (www.globaonc.org). 

Outside of work, Ami enjoys baking, dancing, travel, rock climbing and hiking in the great outdoors. She makes a batch of limoncello yearly and is the recipient of many "stool"-centered joke gifts. 

FOR UNDERGRADUATE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN A SUMMER RESEARCH EXPERIENCE IN OUR LAB: We take undergraduate students through the SSRP program: https://biosciences.stanford.edu/prospective/diversity/ssrp/ 

We will consider high school students who are admitted to the Stanford Gene Camp program: http://med.stanford.edu/genecamp.html

FOR STANFORD UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN A RESEARCH EXPERIENCE IN OUR LAB: We require a minimum commitment of a full year (including full-time work in the lab for at least one summer). If you are interested, please send your CV/resume to Dr. Bhatt


Graduate Students


RYAN BREWSTER

Stanford Medical Student, 2021

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I am a second year medical student originally from Manchester, MA. Before joining the Stanford community, I completed my undergraduate degree at Middlebury College, where I studied Molecular Biology and Spanish, and performed brain tumor pathology research at Harvard Medical School. I hope to apply my clinical and research career towards health disparities, cancer biology and the communication of human health and disease through story telling and the graphic arts. My research with Dr. Bhatt focuses on microbial signatures and the role of pre-biotics in patients with complications of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. 

Outside the lab, I moonlight as a competitive freestyle ski coach, graphic designer and medical illustrator. My other interests include acoustic guitar, swing dancing, backpacking, and mobile app development. 

Contact:  rbrewster[at]stanford[dot]edu 


MATT DURRANT

Stanford Graduate Student, 2021

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I’m a genetics student with a background in bioinformatics and neuroscience. My current research interests include computational methods development, the microbiome, and allele-specific expression analysis to identify gene-environment interactions.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my wife and 1-year-old son.

Contact: mdurrant[at]stanford[dot]edu


BRAYON FREMIN

Stanford Graduate Student, 2019

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I graduated with a degree in Biology from the University of New Mexico in 2014 and started graduate school at Stanford directly after.  Most of my research background is in muscle development using fruit flies as a model. Currently, I am interested in the effects of metabolites produce by the gut microbiota on human host cells.

Outside of lab, I enjoy reading and hiking.

Contact: bfremin[at]stanford[dot]edu


ALVIN HAN

Stanford Graduate Student, 2023

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I graduated from Duke University in 2018 with a degree in Biology and concentration in Computational Biology before starting in the Microbiology and Immunology program at Stanford. My research background is primarily in zebrafish microbiology. I'm broadly interested in the gut microbiome and particularly, how pathogens interact with and shape the ecology of this community.

I try to birdwatch when time permits, am a big fan of nature photography, and I, like most people in the lab, enjoy anything related to the great outdoors (hiking, kayaking, etc.). I also play the clarinet in Stanford's Wind Symphony in my spare time.

Contact: alvinhan[at]stanford[dot]edu


DYLAN MAGHINI

Stanford Graduate Student, 2023

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I graduated in 2018 from Davidson College with a degree in bioinformatics. My previous research has been in genomics and synthetic biology, primarily using long read sequencing technology to explore bacteriophage evolution. While I’m new to the microbiome field, I’m interested in understanding the dynamics of the human gut virome and its effects on gut microbiota.

Outside of the lab, I enjoy baking, hiking, paddling, and open water swimming.

Contact: dmaghini[at]stanford[dot]edu

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ELI MOSS

Stanford Graduate Student, 2019

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I graduated in 2011 from Brown University with a B.S. in Computational Biology.  Since then I've worked on synthetic biology at NASA Ames Research Center, biorobotics at Ginkgo Bioworks, and bioinformatic epidemiology at the Broad Institute before winding up here at Stanford in the department of Genetics.  I'm generally interested in solving biomedical mysteries through careful application of bioinformatic analysis. 

When I'm not thinking about science I enjoy playing music, restoring classic motorcycles, building camper trailers, and walking my dog Bear.

Contact: elimoss[at]stanford[dot]edu


JESSICA RIBADO

Stanford Graduate Student, 2019

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I graduated from Florida State University with degrees in Statistics and Biological Science in 2013. From research backgrounds in evolution and genomics, I am interested in understanding host-microbe interactions. I study how these interactions shape the intestinal immune responses and survival following bone marrow transplantation. 

Outside of lab, my interests include hiking, crafting, and cooking. 

Contact: jribado[at]stanford[dot]edu


BEN SIRANOSIAN

Stanford Graduate Student, 2022

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I'm new to the microbiome and metagenomics fields, but very interested in the interplay between gut microbes and the host immune system. I'm also working on developing new methods for sequencing microbes with excessively repetitive genomes, and algorithms to cluster assembled microbial sequences. Before Stanford, I did my undergad in computational biology at Brown University and spent two years working for the Connectivity Map team at the Broad Institute.

In my free time, I race road and mountain bikes, brew beer and try to get outside as much as possible.

Contact: bsiranos[at]stanford[dot]edu

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FIONA TAMBURINI

Stanford Graduate Student, 2019

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I spent my undergraduate years at Boston College, where I graduated in 2014 with a major in Biochemistry and a minor in Computer Science. At BC I worked in a research lab focused on regulation of transposable elements in the fission yeast genome, which sparked my interest in pursuing genetics and genomics research. In the Bhatt lab, I am studying the relationship between the microbiota and infectious outcomes in cancer patients. I'm also interested in genes and pathways in the microbiome that impact drug interactions and disease.

When I'm not in the lab, I love baking, reading, playing soccer, hiking, and exploring the Bay Area!

Contact: tamburin[at]stanford[dot]edu


Undergraduate Students



Postdoctoral Fellows


KAREN ANDRADE, PH.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

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I am a Ford Foundation postdoctoral fellow in the Bhatt Lab. As an interdisciplinary scholar, I am searching for innovative ways to re-imagine how our growing knowledge of the microbiome can have a meaningful impact on human health. At the moment I am working on a project investigating the effect of triclosan/triclocarban on the maturation of the infant skin microbiome, and its potential contribution to atopic dermatitis. I am also exploring how we can utilize design-thinking principles to translate results back to communities. My goal is to craft a human microbiome community-engaged research project that utilizes biodesign principles and leverages the strengths of these fields and exemplifies the benefits of the synergy of these methodologies.

I completed a first postdoctoral position at UC Davis, where I learned and applied design thinking to generate tools to help community and university collaborators to navigate research partnerships in an equitable manner. I hold a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in Environmental Science Policy and Management.

 Outside of lab I am busy being a mom to my two daughters, hiking and hoping I had more time to read more literature.

Contact: kandrade[at]stanford[dot]edu


CHRIS SEVERYN, M.D., PH.D.

Pediatrics Hematology/Oncology Clinical & Research Fellow

Hello!  I am a Pete and Arline Harman Fellow with the Children’s Health Research Institute (CHRI) here at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, and love doing research in the Bhatt lab combining clinical, computational, and fundamental bench science, and the people I work with are amazing.

I completed my undergraduate work in Molecular & Cell Biology at UC Berkeley, went to Portland, Oregon, for my M.D. and Ph.D. in Biochemistry/Molecular Bio where I studied transcriptional regulation of a gene involved in iron metabolism, and most recently was a pediatrics resident and clinical faculty in the bone marrow transplant unit at Duke Children’s Hospital in Durham, NC, where I also started my interest in the microbiome in pediatrics.  My current research focuses on the influence of the microbiome on clinical outcomes in the pediatric Oncology, Hematology, and transplant populations.

Outside of the lab or hospital, I can be found outdoors (hiking or cycling) or attempting some delicious concoction in the kitchen with my family (we love exploring Northern California and cooking).

Contact: severyn[at]stanford[dot]edu


HILA SBERRO, PH.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Before joining the lab, I completed my Ph.D. at the Weizmann Institute of Science under the supervision of Prof. Rotem Sorek. In my research I combined the fields of microbiology, genetics and computer science to reveal new ways by which bacteria defend themselves against phages.

I am very much enjoying the multidisciplinary nature of the Bhatt lab. In general, my aim is to expand our knowledge of functions carried out by bacteria in the gut by using comparative genomics and different sequencing methods.

When I am not in the lab, I am most probably with my kids!

Contact: hsberro[at]gmail[dot]com


SOUMAYA ZLITNI, PH.D. 

Postdoctoral fellow

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 I'm a postdoctoral scholar in the Bhatt lab. I received my PhD in Biochemistry from McMaster University in Canada where my work centered on the discovery and characterization of novel antibacterial inhibitors, particularly those targeting metabolic pathways. Before coming to Stanford, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto where I developed metabolomic platforms for the study of the metabolic consequences of chemical and genetic perturbations in bacteria and yeast. I'm interested in leveraging my training in microbiology, biochemistry and metabolism to address questions about complex microbial communities and host-microbiome interactions in states of health and disease.

Outside the lab, I enjoy reading, watching movies, hiking and weightlifting.

Contact: szlitni[at]standord[dot]edu


Staff


ERIN BROOKS

Clinical Research Coordinator

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Hello, I am an assistant clinical research coordinator for the Bhatt Lab! Before joining the Bhatt lab, I completed my undergraduate work at Duke University in 2017 where I earned a BS in chemistry with a concentration in pharmacology and a minor in biology. After graduation, I moved from my native North Carolina to the Bay Area to complete a MS in chemistry at UC Berkeley in 2019. My research background extends from cellular and molecular biology to materials and organic chemistry. I am excited to draw on this experience as I investigate the complex relationship between the microbiome and immunological reconstitution in patients that have undergone blood and marrow transplantation (BMT) or Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapy.

In my free time, I enjoy exploring Bay Area trails (the more hills the better), watching (Duke) basketball, biking, and drinking coffee!

Contact: efbrooks[at]stanford[dot]edu


SUMMER VANCE

Lab Manager/Life Science Research Assistant

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I graduated from UC Davis in 2017 with a BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a minor in Economics. As an undergraduate I assisted with microbial research on a novel nitrogen fixation mechanism, and also in an environmental engineering lab studying microbes found in public gas and water pipes. I also happen to have extensive poop experience courtesy of my veterinary and wildlife biology backgrounds. I am excited to put these skills towards medical research, which I hope to pursue in a graduate program. 

When I'm not in the lab you can find me rock climbing, backpacking, taking care of my four Lab Cats, restoring my 1968 Airstream, or hazing bears in Yosemite! 

Contact: sevance[at]stanford[dot]edu

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Bhatt Lab Alumni


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TESSA ANDERMANN, M.D., M.PH.

Infectious Disease Medical Fellow

 

THORA BERNDT DE COTERA

Administrative Assistant

ALEX BISHARA, PH.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

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HALEY CARLSON

Undergraduate Stanford Summer Research Program Fellow, 2018

 

PAULINA CHAMELY

Stanford Undergraduate Student, Class of 2018

EMILY CRIBAS

Undergraduate Summer Research Fellow, 2015

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SHANNON FALCONER, PH.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

 

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JOYCE KANG

Stanford Undergraduate Student, Class of 2018

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MICHELLE LI

Stanford Undergraduate Student, Class of 2019

 

VERONICA MANZO

Stanford Medical Student, 2018

MISBAH SURANI

Gene Camp Summer Research Fellow, 2015

EKATERINA (KATIA) TKACHENKO

Lab Manager/Life Science Research Assistant

MINGJIE WANG, PH.D.

Computational Biologist