My name is Eugene. I’m a software engineer at Kensho, working on Kensho’s search engine and knowledge graph.
Between 2009 and 2015, I was a graduate student in the physics department at MIT, working in Jeff Gore’s lab.
In my graduate work, I explored how cooperative behaviors in microbes affect the evolution of antibiotic resistance. My work combined an experimental approach together with modeling to study the population dynamics of microbes growing in the presence of antibiotics.
My first project focused on the dynamics between resistant and sensitive bacteria growing in the beta-lactam antibiotic ampicillin. In this project, Sherry Chao and I demonstrated experimentally that it’s possible for sensitive bacteria to “take advantage” of resistant bacteria and proliferate even in the presence of high dosages of antibiotic. In addition, we showed that a simple model can successfully explain the observed dynamics between resistant and sensitive cells. You can read more about this work here.
In my second project, Arolyn Conwill and I showed how two strains of bacteria can help each other survive in a multi-drug environment. This work has been accepted for publication in PNAS (April 2016).
During my time as a graduate student, Jonathan Friedman and I released a python package for performing high-throughput data analysis for flow cytometry (http://eyurtsev.github.io/FlowCytometryTools/).
In the far far past… I completed my undergraduate in physics at the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. At UCSB, I worked with Professor Paul Hansma on the Reference Point Indentation Instrument (also see Active Life Scientific).
During my free time, I play guitar and drink tea… but mostly I just drink tea.