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Eric Alm

Eric Alm, Ph.D.

Eric Alm is the director of the Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics at MIT, where he is a professor in the Department of Biological Engineering. He is also an institute member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

His research uses complementary computational and experimental methods to engineer the human microbiome, including data science, quantitative analysis, and novel molecular techniques. More broadly, he is interested in using technology to personalize medicine and improve public health. His laboratory has helped to start several companies and non-profit organizations dedicated to translating research findings into the real world solutions, including OpenBiome, Finch Therapeutics, Biobot Analytics, and the Global Microbiome Conservancy.

Alm earned his B.S. from the University of Illinois, Urbana, his M.S. from the University of California, Riverside, and his Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Seattle. He completed postdoctoral work at the University of California, Berkeley/Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.

June 2022