Lab Members

 
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Mohamed S. Abou Donia

Principal Investigator

donia@princeton.edu

 
Research Interests:  Small-molecule-mediated interactions in complex microbial communities
 
 

Postdoctoral Fellows

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Yuki Sugimoto

Postdoctoral Fellow
 
Bio:  I was born and grew up in Japan. I trained in synthetic biology and natural product chemistry and recieved my PhD from Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena, Germany. My research interest is how human microbiome derived molecules impact human health. In my free time, I enjoy dancing Salsa, playing golf, and reading books.

 

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Amir Erez

Postdoctoral Fellow
 
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Jie Liu

Postdoctoral Fellow
 
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Qi Hao Wu

Postdoctoral Fellow
 
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Graduate Students

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Jared Balaich

Mol Bio Graduate Student
 
Bio:  I grew up in Colorado and received a B.S. from Brigham Young University in microbial genetics in 2013. In 2015 I received my M.S. degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health after researching a natural product that inhibited the transmission and development of the malaria parasite. In the Donia lab I am interested in researching human microbiota derived small molecules that impact human health. My hobbies include backpacking in the mountains, photography, videogames, playing sports, cheering on the Denver Broncos and losing to my wife in fantasy football every year.
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Francine Camacho

QCB Graduate Student
 
Bio:  I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. I received my B.A. in Bioinformatics from Wheaton College, MA. I am interested in developing computational tools to analyze large metagenomic data. During my free time, I enjoy playing sports, binge watching Netflix and dancing.
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Shuo Wang

CBE Graduate Student
 
Bio:  I received my B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 2016 from UC Berkeley, CA. I am interested in applying statistical models and machine learning methods to analyze biological data. In my free time, I enjoy exploring the cities, playing tennis, and playing video games.
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Bahar Javdan

Mol Bio Graduate Student
 
Bio:  I received my BA in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania and did research at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC for a year before matriculating into Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Princeton University’s joint MD-PhD program. In the Donia lab, I am investigating the impact of the gut microbiome on the metabolism of oral drugs, which I hope will pave the way for better individualized therapy. In my free time, I enjoy reading, road trips, and exploring new cuisines.
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Jaime Lopez

QCB Graduate Student
 
Bio:  I received my BSE in chemical engineering from Arizona State University and was an undergraduate researcher at the Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology. I'm broadly interested in using mechanistic modeling to better understand the inner workings of microbial communities. Currently, my work focuses on the implications of trade-offs in microbial communities and the interplay between drugs and the human microbiome.
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Jeffrey Lee

Graduate Student
 
Bio: I was born in Holmdel, NJ and grew up in Plano Texas. I received my Bachelors at Washington University in St. Louis and enrolled in the MPH program specializing in Global Health where I studied undernutrition, helminthic diseases, and community participatory approaches in international settings. I later received an MEng in Energy, Environment, and Chemical Engineering from WashU and worked to develop probiotics that regulate neurotransmitters. In the Donia Lab, I plan to study the bacterial secretome. Outside of lab, I am the co-founder of the graduate think tank club Innovative Approaches in Science, play for the Princeton club field hockey team, enjoy long walks on the beach, and cooking.

 

Undergraduate Students

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Lucy Williamson

Undergraduate
 
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Janie Kim

Undergraduate
 
Bio:  I am a native San Diegan and a member of the Class of 2021. In the Donia Lab, I am exploring the RNA-based regulation of a defensive peptide secreted by an algae-symbiont bacterium. Outside of the lab (and classes), I can be found writing/reading, sculpting, and running in Princeton's forests.

Staff

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Seema Chatterjee

Lab Manager
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Anna Schmedel

Faculty Assistant       

Alumni

Name Current
Maria Diarey Tianero (Post-doc)  
Pranatchareeya Chankhamjon (Post-doc)  
Allison Chang (Princeton Undergrad '18)  
Diana Chin (Princeton Undergrad '18)  
Anna Posfai (Post-doc) Post-Doc at Stony Brook University
Tanya Tafolla (Summer Intern)  
Jindong Zan (Post-doc) Becton Dickinson
Arman Odabas (Princeton Undergrad '17) NIH
Audrey Abend (Princeton Undergrad '17) OpenBiome
Raphaella Hull  
Phoebe Huang (Princeton Undergrad '16) NIH
Christian Shema Mugisha (Summer Intern) Grad Student @ Washington University in St. Louis