Matthew Bennett

Professor of BioSciences
College Magister, Will Rice College

The research in my lab spans the boundary between theoretical and experimental synthetic biology. I am particularly interested in the dynamics of gene regulation – from small-scale interactions such as transcription and translation, to the large-scale dynamics of gene networks and synthetic microbial consortia. I use an interdisciplinary approach to 1) uncover the underlying design principles governing gene networks and microbial consortia, 2) engineer novel synthetic gene circuits for practical applications, and 3) develop new mathematical tools to better describe gene networks. The ultimate goal of my research is to develop synthetic multicellular systems for biomedical and environmental applications.

Gail Rosen

Electrical and Computer Engineering, Drexel University

Gail Rosen received all her degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She heads the Ecological and Evolutionary Signal-processing and Informatics (EESI) lab at Drexel, heads Drexel's Center for Biological Discovery from Big Data, and is the chair of the board of the University Research Computing Facility.  Her interests are in machine learning and prokaryotic interactions and evolution.  She serves on the editorial board of the BMC Microbiome journal.

Richard Rodrigues

Bioinformatician at Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.

I am a skilled data scientist with interdisciplinary research experience and a proven publication record. I am proficient in multiple programming languages (R, python, perl, and Java) with over 10 years of experience in biological data analyses.

Studied microbial ecology in:
- Medicine: gut of humans and mice
- Agriculture: nodules of soybean, rhizosphere of switchgrass and invasive plants
- Environment: gut of honey bees and soils of different ages (chronosequences)

Maya Kaelberer

Medical Instructor in the Department of Medicine, Duke University

I am a sensory neuro-gastroenterologist. My laboratory studies the connection between the brain and the gut.

Marian Hettiaratchi

Assistant Professor
Knight Campus, Oregon State University

The Hettiaratchi Lab

Marian Hettiaratchi officially joined the Knight Campus in January 2020. Prior to that, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Toronto where her research focused on combining chemical and biomedical engineering approaches to create effective biomaterials that can precisely deliver proteins for tissue repair.

Her work involves developing protein delivery vehicles for regenerative medicine by integrating cutting-edge techniques in protein engineering, polymer chemistry, and computational modeling to design versatile, clinically-relevant biomaterials.


Mark Phillips

Department of Integrative Biology, Oregon State University