Eric Alm, PhD



Karl Van Tassel (1925) Career Development Professor


Microbial ecology engineering for human health
Environmental systems microbiology
Detecting natural selection in bacteria


Eric Alm earned his Bachelors from the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana), his Masters from the University of California (Riverside), and his PhD from the University of Washington (Seattle). He held a postdoctoral appointment at the University of California (Berkeley) and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab before joining the faculty at MIT. His research group is an interdisciplinary team of computer scientists, computational biologists, molecular biologists, and microbial ecologists.


The Alm lab focuses on the use of data science, quantitative analysis, and novel molecular techniques to answer questions and solve problems in microbial ecology that have the potential to improve human health, develop sounds bioremediation strategies, and uncover the global history of microbes. The lab emphasizes a systems-level approach to microbial ecology, combining theory and experiment where necessary to answer questions, whether fundamental or applied.

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