My name is Eugene. I am a graduate student in the physics department at MIT, working in Jeff Gore’s lab.
As a National Science Foundation graduate fellow, I have been exploring how cooperative behaviors in microbes affect the evolution of antibiotic resistance. My work combines 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.
Currently, I work with Arolyn Conwill trying to understand how two bacterial strains cross-protect one another in a multi-drug environment.
In addition to practicing the day-to-day life of a scientist, I enjoy programming. Recently, Jonathan Friedman and I released a python package for performing high-throughput data analysis for flow cytometry (gorelab.bitbucket.org/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.