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Gordon Lab Personnel

Principal Investigator

Jeffrey Gordon, MD (jgordon[at]

Postdoctoral Fellows

Philip Ahern, PhD (pahern[at]

Gnotobiotic mouse models for studying the effects of nutrient deficiency on co-evolution of the immune system and gut microbiota

Nicholas Griffin, PhD (ngriffin[at]

Ecologic studies of the gut microbiota in gnotobiotic mouse models

Ilia Halatchev

Ilia Halatchev, MD, PhD (ihalatch[at]

The microbiome and CNS regulation of energy homeostasis: studies in gnotobiotic mouse models

Ansel Hsiao, PhD (ahsiao[at]

Metagenomic studies of the impact of probiotics and enteropathogens on the gut microbiota and its microbiome using gnotobiotic mouse models

Eviatar Natan

Eviatar Natan, PhD (eviatarhje[at]


Eviatar Natan

Michael Patnode, PhD (


Neelendu Dey

Neelendu Dey, MD (

Early life interplay between diet, the gut microbiome and the enteric nervous system

Andrew Kau, MD, PhD (akau[at]

Humanized gnotobiotic mouse models for studying the effects of malnutrition on the structure and functions of the immune system

Graduate Students

Mark Charbonneau

Mark Charbonneau (charbo25[at]

Computational & Systems Biology Program — Modeling the dynamics of human microbial community assembly in gnotobiotic mouse models

Dong Han (D.han[at]

DBBS Student Program Molecular Genetics and Genomics - Identifying gut microbes that can fill unoccupied niches in the microbiota of obese individuals, in various diet contexts: studies involving twins discordant for obesity and its metabolic dysfunctions, and gnotobiotic mice harboring their microbiota

Matt Hibberd (hibberdm[at]

Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathology Program — The interrelationships between food ingredients and the human gut microbiome

Joseph Planer

Joseph Planer (planerj[at]

MSTP - Microbiology Program — Characterizing the effects of acute malnutrition on interactions between the adaptive immune system and the gut microbiota of children living in Bangladesh and Malawi

Vanessa Ridaura (vkridaur[at]

Molecular Genetics & Genomics Program — The role of gut epithelial G protein coupled receptors in regulating interactions between the gut microbiota and the host in humanized gnotobiotic mouse models of obesity

Nick Semenkovich

Nick Semenkovich (semenko[at]

MSTP - Molecular Genetics and Genomics Program — Metagenomic studies of phage dynamics in the human gut microbiota modeled in gnotobiotic mice

Sathish Submaranian

Sathish Subramanian (subramanians[at]

MSTP - Computational and Systems Biology — The co-development of breast milk and the infant gut microbiome

Laura Gibbs VanArendonk

Laura Gibbs VanArendonk (laura.vanarendonk[at]

Molecular Genetics and Genomics Program — The relationship between diet and the metabolic maturation of the human gut microbiome in infancy and childhood: a translational study involving ‘humanized ‘gnotobiotic mice

Vitas Wagner (wagnerve[at]

Evolution, Ecology, and Population Biology program--
Utilizing a gnotobiotic mouse model to examine responses of the microbiota from malnourished individuals to variations in macronutrient content in diets. Also, identifying community assembly processes in malnourished versus healthy individuals

Meng Wu (mengwu[at]

Human & Statistical Genetics Program — Studies of microbial genome evolution in the gut microbiota of obese and lean twins

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Alejandro Reyes

Alejandro Reyes, PhD (alejandroreyesmunoz[at]

Computational & Systems Biology Program — Comparative metagenomic studies of the phage present in the distal gut microbial communities of monozygotic twins, including those that are discordant or concordant for obesity or severe malnutrition

Senior Research Scientist

Janaki Lelwala-Guruge, PhD (Janaki[at]

Analysis of the genotypic and phenotypic properties of cultured members of the human gut microbiota

Nathan McNulty, PhD (nmcnulty[at]

Characterizing gut microbial lifestyles and key nutrient-microbe interactions using both established and novel functional genomics tools in gnotobiotic animal models

Mass Spectrometrist

Jiye Cheng

Jiye Cheng, PhD

Mass Spectrometrist


Su Deng (sdeng[at]

Maria Karlsson (karlsson[at]

Co-director of our gnotobiotic mouse facility

Marty Meier

Director of CGS&SB Robotics Facility

David O'Donnell (dodonnell[at]

Co-director of our gnotobiotic mouse facility

Sabrina Wagoner (wagoner[at]

Research Lab Manager


Administrative Staff

Stephanie Amen (samen[at]

Assistant to Jeffrey Gordon

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