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

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

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). 

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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. 


Students


EDGAR ASIIMWE

Stanford Medical Student, 2020

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Hi, i’m a first-year medical student here at Stanford. I graduated with a degree in Biology from La Roche College followed by an MSc. In Global Health at Duke. For the past 2 years, I worked as a Research Analyst in the medical policy department at Blue Cross in Philadelphia. I am generally interested in internal medicine, and more specifically, hematology/oncology and have a special interest in cancer care in developing countries.

In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis, racquet-ball, ping-pong, running, and scrabble.

Contact:  easiimwe[at]stanford[dot]edu


BRAYON FREMIN

Stanford Graduate Student, 2019

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

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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, particularly how these interactions shape the intestinal immune repertoire, following bone marrow transplantation. 

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

Contact: jribado[at]stanford[dot]edu


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: ftamburini[at]stanford[dot]edu


PAULINA CHAMELY

Stanford Undergraduate Student, Class of 2018

Hello! My name is Paulina and I am an undergraduate planning on majoring in Bio-medical computation here at Stanford. Though I am not certain what my concentration in this field will be, it will definitely involve studies on the link between disease, our Genome and our Microbiome! The Microbiome is specifically fascinating and exciting to me as, even though it is something we only recently became aware of, it is found to have huge influences on our bodies functioning and health. I'm excited to see what new discoveries will come out of studying the Microbiome and hopefully be apart of unravelling it's importance!

Outside of the lab, I enjoy spending time sharing people's stories through the "Humans of Stanford" project synonymous to the well known "Humans of New York" initiative. I also love photography, playing sports and anything that involves the outdoors!

Contact: pchamely[at]stanford[dot]edu


JOYCE KANG

Stanford Undergraduate Student, Class of 2018

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Howdy! I’m Joyce, an undergraduate planning to major in Computer Science with a specialization in Biocomputation. I am generally fascinated by the intersection between computational biology and human health, and I’m currently investigating the associations between changes in the gut microbiome and outcomes of bone marrow transplant patients, particularly the development of graft-vs-host-disease. I aspire to become a physician one day and am excited by the potential for recent advances in computation to improve lives.

Outside of lab, I enjoy volunteering as an EMT and as a peer counselor at The Bridge, social dancing, and trying different kinds of cheese (yum)!

Contact: joycek[at]stanford[dot]edu

 


Postdoctoral Fellows


 

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


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

Infectious Disease Medical Fellow

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I am a second year Stanford Infectious Disease fellow who graduated from both medical school and residency at Stanford in addition to earning an MPH from Berkeley with a focus on epidemiology. I have conducted research in many areas of infectious diseases ranging from studying chemotaxis and pathogenesis in mice models of Helicobacter pylori infection, conducting surveys of PTSD and HIV risk behavior in women in Zimbabwe, and evaluating the efficacy and tolerability of oral ribavirin to treat viral respiratory infections in immunocompromised patients. My current research is focused on investigating the safety and efficacy of fecal microbiota transfer (FMT) for Clostridium difficile infection in immunocompromised patients, primarily those who have undergone hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT). I also hope to further elucidate the gut microbiome before and after FMT with a particular focus on the virome of HSCT patients.

Outside of work, I am passionate about dance, in particular West African traditional dance, hip hop, and funk. I also practice yoga and meditation and have a weakness for really good tea.

Contact: tessaa77[at]gmail[dot]com


Staff


EKATERINA (KATIA) TKACHENKO

Lab Manager/Life Science Research Assistant

Ekaterina Tkachenko (Katia) is a UC Berkeley graduate with a BS in Chemical Biology and a minor in Public Policy.  She has a strong interest in biomedical sciences and spent 2.5 years conducting research at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (now, a part of UCSF) and Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research (NIBR). Her research projects focused on Immunology, Virology, Genomics and extensive work with MPyV and HBV. In the Bhatt lab, Katia is specializing in application of next generation sequencing for microbiome research.

Katia’s long-term goal is to pursue a MD/MPH degree serving low-income local and international communities in the field of Global Oncology.

When she is not studying or working, Katia spends her time cycling, snowboarding, painting, rock climbing and traveling as well as volunteering for Global Oncology Inc.

Contact: katiat [at] stanford [dot] edu


CAROL FERNANDEZ

Administrative Assistant

Hello, I am Dr Bhatt’s assistant. I am currently taking online courses at Northeastern University to complete a BS degree in English. I was raised in Boston (go Pats!) and have been in living and working in California for over 6 years. I really enjoy the research environment here at Stanford. There’s so much to learn!

My outside interests include reading, cooking, gardening, Economic History and teaching my 5 year old to read and write.

Contact: carolf2[@]stanford[dot]edu


Bhatt Lab Alumni


EMILY CRIBAS

Undergraduate Summer Research Fellow, 2015

Hello! I am a rising third year biochemistry student at Penn State, originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. At PSU, I develop supported lipid bilayer platforms and study their potential use as biosensors. This summer at Stanford, I am studying epigenetic chromatin changes in cancer cells in response to metabolites of commensal bacteria. I’ve never worked in a genetics lab, and hope this summer will be a memorable experience!

My interests outside of science include traveling, photography, watching musicals, and solving jigsaw puzzles.


SHANNON FALCONER, PH.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

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I completed my Ph.D. in the field of bacterial chemical genetics at McMaster University under the supervision of Dr. Eric Brown. The principal objectives of my graduate research were to both 1) identify new small molecules that might serve as probes of bacterial physiology, or potential new antibacterial chemical matter; and 2) develop creative assays to characterize the mechanism of action of such bioactive compounds. 

Since beginning my postdoctoral studies in October 2014 under the co-supervison of Drs. Ami Bhatt and David Relman, I’ve been investigating the relationship between the human microbiome and infectious disease. Leveraging my Ph.D. training in antibiotic drug discovery, I’m in hot pursuit of better understanding the features of the endogenous microbiome that permit and/or prevent proliferation of pathogenic bacterial species, where my ultimate goal is to identify novel therapeutic measures to prevent and treat bacterial infection. 

Other points of interest: outdoor fun and literature.

Contact: shannon.falconer[at]gmail[dot]com


VERONICA MANZO

Stanford Medical Student, 2018

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Hello! I am a first year medical student, originally from the Sacramento Valley, looking forward to integrating my scientific interests in cancer and genomics with clinical medicine. I graduated from Harvard College in 2013, where I majored in Neurobiology and minored in Global Health and Health Policy. As a student, I discovered a passion for research at the Broad Institute and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and had the opportunity to work on projects that could translate into concrete ways to benefit patients. After graduating, I conducted research full-time in the Meyerson Lab and worked with Dr. Bhatt to investigate infectious diseases in immunocompromised patients.

Other interests: I enjoy being outdoors and developed a love of long-distance running while I was in Boston. I hope to compete my first triathalon this year!

Contact: vmanzo31[@]gmail[dot]com

 


MISBAH SURANI

Gene Camp Summer Research Fellow, 2015

Hello! I am a rising senior at Milpitas High School, and I am interning at the Bhatt lab this summer.  After volunteering in a medical environment, I realized my passion for combining my interests in biology and technology through research, with the ultimate goal of making discoveries that can improve individuals’ quality of life. At the Bhatt lab, my current research project is a comparative analysis of 16S ribosomal RNA from a variety of bacterial organisms.

When I am not working in the lab, I enjoy reading, playing tennis, and dancing.


MINGJIE WANG, PH.D.

Computational Biologist

I am a microbiome bioinformatician in SCGPM (Stanford Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine). In 2008, I graduated with a B.S in Biology from Nankai University, China. Then I studied Biochemistry for almost two years at Indiana University Bloomington. In 2010, I changed my major to pursue a PhD degree in Bioinformatics. Since then, I have been working on metagenomics, including the quantification of closely-related species in microbial communities and comparative metagenomics. 

Outside of work, I enjoy running, playing basketball, and watching soccer games. I am a fan of FC Barcelona.

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