Handelsman Lab


Research in the Handelsman lab focuses on understanding diversity in microbial communities and their role in infectious disease. In particular, we are interested in understanding the genetic basis for stability of microbial communities, the role of a gut community as a source of opportunistic pathogens, and the soil microbial community as a source of new antibiotics and antibiotic resistance genes. More…


The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), in collaboration with Federal agencies and private-sector stakeholders, announced a new National Microbiome Initiative (NMI) to foster the integrated study of microbiomes across different ecosystems. More information can be found in the press release here.
Past Handelsman Lab Graduate Student Elizabeth Stulberg and current Graduate Student Gabriel Lozano are co-first authors on an article published in Frontiers in Microbiology titled “Genomic and secondary metabolite analyses of Streptomyces sp. 2AW provide insight into the evolution of the cycloheximide pathway.” The article can be accessed on the Frontiers website here or in our Publications section here. Congratulations, everyone!
Past Handelsman Lab Undergraduate Grace Liu will begin her PhD as part of MIT’s biology graduate program this fall 2016. Congratulations, Grace!
Past Handelsman Lab Visiting Professor Romano Mwirichia has been appointed the ASM ambassador for Kenya. Congratulations, Romano!
Past Handelsman Lab Undergraduate JT Stoner is amid a one-year position with AmeriCorps*VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) as the Commit to Study (C2S) Community Outreach Coordinator at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS). JT serves as a liaison between CSUS and its K-12 community partners to increase K-12 student interest and success in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, especially among traditionally underserved student populations. Congratulations JT and keep up the good work!