Prerna Bhargava, PhD



(617) 324-4564
BE Communication Lab Manager & Instructor



Prerna Bhargava is the Biological Engineering Communication Lab manager and works with the Fellow team to innovate in the space of scientific communication. She is also an instructor in the Biological Engineering department teaching the communication components of 20.109 (Lab Fundamentals in Biological Engineering) and 20.380 (Biological Engineering Design).

Originally from Connecticut, Prerna graduated from Brandeis University with a dual degree in biology and legal studies. She completed her PhD at Harvard University under Dr. Chih-Hao Lee, and her postdoc at MIT in Dr. Jim Collins’ lab. Her interdisciplinary research has encompassed molecular biology, genetics, immunology, microbiology, and cellular biology. During this time, Prerna also mentored dozens of high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. She has TA’d and taught several classes, from dance to medical microbiology, and was a Communication Fellow with the Broad Research Communication Lab. Through all these experiences, Prerna has developed a deep interest in supporting higher education and improving the classroom experience to make science more accessible, encourage more students to enter and stay in STEM fields, and support critical thinking beyond the classroom.

Past Research Areas

  • Developmental Biology
  • Yeast Genetics
  • Nuclear Receptor Biology
  • Innate Immune Metabolism
  • Bacterial Metabolism
  • Antibiotic Action
  • Host-Pathogen Interactions