This year marks the fourth year that Science News has highlighted a young group of ten scientists as the SN10 class. We are excited that the 2018 class includes Emily and features some of the ongoing research in our lab. Check out the full class here.
We are thrilled to announce that Emily has been promoted to Professor with tenure at Harvard University! Congratulations on this milestone!
Congratulations to Dr. Nitzan Koppel, Dr. Abraham Waldman, and Dr. Li Zha for successfully defending their theses! We are all excited to see you thrive in the next stage of your career!
Congratulations to Merrick Pierson Smela on being named a 2018–2019 Churchill Scholar! Merrick spent last summer with us as an undergraduate Amgen Fellow. We are looking forward to all you continue to accomplish Merrick!
The Balskus Lab recently received the opportunity to participate as a collaborator in the Merck Research Laboratories Postdoctoral Research Fellow Program. The position will involve working with us and scientists at Merck to study drug metabolism by the human gut microbiota.
Please see the following job posting for more details:
Take a look at our recent perspective on the relevance of the human microbiota to infectious disease! These complex microbial communities potentially mediate infection risk and disease progression. Congratulations on the great work Abe!
A warm welcome to Beverly Fu, a graduate student from the CCB program who joined the Balskus Lab this winter!
A new review from our group highlights prominent examples of characterizing and engineering chemical interactions found within host-associated microbial communities – with an emphasis on the plant-root microbiota and the intestinal microbiota of animals. Great and exciting work Doug! The full review can be accessed here.
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has selected 39 new Gilliam fellows, and among them is our very own Vayu! Recipients are exceptional doctoral students with the potential to be leaders in their fields, and the desire to advance diversity and inclusion in the sciences. This unique award also includes mentoring development training for advisors. Congratulations Vayu!
Our recent Nature Chemical Biology paper reports an exciting new use for the versatile cofactor S-adenosylmethionine (SAM)! We have identified an unusual nonribosomal peptide synthetase that utilizes SAM for amide bond formation and subsequent cyclopropanation, revealing a novel biosynthetic route to the functional group that likely mediates colibactin's genotoxicity. Congratulations to Li, Yindi, and Matt; and thank you to our collaborators Matthew Henke and Neil Kelleher!
Monica has been named a Damon Runyon Fellow! This prestigious fellowship is awarded to outstanding postdoctoral scientists in order to fund research with the potential to improve cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Congratulations Monica!
Our recent Nature Chemical Biology paper describes a cryptic chlorination and subsequent aromatic ring alkylation involved in cylindrocyclophane biosynthesis. Congratulations to Hitomi and Erica!
Our recent Science paper reports the development of chemically guided functional profiling and the discovery of a new glycyl radical enzyme in human gut microbes that metabolizes a host-derived amino acid. Congratulations to Ben, Yolanda, Spencer, Ana, and Jonathan, and thank you to our wonderful collaborators Yifeng Wei (MIT), Eric Franzosa, and Curtis Huttenhower (Harvard School of Public Health, Broad Institute)!
A paper detailing our collaborative work with the Drennan lab at MIT to characterize the structure and mechanism of the disease-associated gut microbial enzyme choline trimethylamine-lyase (CutC) has appeared in Cell Chemical Biology. Congratulations to Sam B. and Michael!
Welcome to Vayu Maini Rekdal, a graduate student from the MCO program who joined the Balskus Lab this summer, and Dr. Monica McCallum, a new postdoctoral researcher!