Microbiome Summit Organizers

Stephanie Bachas-Daunert
PhD Student, Relman Lab and Criddle Lab, Stanford University School of Engineering

Education:
B.S.E., Princeton University, Civil & Environmental Engineering, 2010
M.S.E., Stanford University, Civil & Environmental Engineering, 2012
Ph.D. Candidate, Stanford University, Civil & Environmental Engineering, 2012 - Present

About Stephanie:
Investigating the impacts of arsenic exposure on the human microbiome. Her multidisciplinary work lies at the interface of environmental and public health, and she is advised by Prof. David Relman (Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology) and Prof. Craig Criddle (Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering).
Enjoys horseback riding, tennis, K-12 outreach to increase diversity in STEM, and remaining active in both the Princeton alumni and Stanford communities.

Natalie Fischer, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Relman Lab, Stanford School of Medicine

Education:
B.S., University of Konstanz, Germany, Life Sciences, 2008
M.S., Charité Berlin, Germany, Molecular Medicine, 2010
Ph.D., Institute Pasteur Paris, France, Microbiology, 2014
Postdoc, Stanford University School of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, 2015-Present

About Natalie:
Interested in understanding interaction between the microbiota and the host immune system in very-early onset inflammatory bowel disease.
Loves traveling, French wine and cheese and exploring San Francisco alleyways.

Gabi Fragiadakis, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Sonnenburg Lab, Stanford University School of Medicine

Education:
B.A. University of California, Berkeley, Molecular and Cellular Biology, 2011
Ph.D., Stanford University School of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, 2016
Postdoc, Stanford University School of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, 2016-Present.

About Gabi:
Investigating the relationship between the human microbiota and the immune system through dietary intervention.
Enjoys urban hiking, traveling in Asia, and edible experiments.

Andrew Hryckowian, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Sonnenburg Lab, Stanford University School of Medicine

Education:
B.S., University of Pittsburgh, Microbiology, 2009
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Microbiology, 2014
Postdoc, Stanford University School of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, 2014-Present

About Drew:
Exploiting bacteriophages and dietary fiber ("viruses and veggies”) as tools to understand the gut microbiome.
Loves climbing tall things, moving heavy objects, and making/consuming/talking about delicious food.

Daniel Sprockett
PhD Student, Relman Lab, Stanford School of Medicine

Education:
B.Sc., Kent State University, Cellular and Molecular Biology, 2006
M.Sc., Kent State University, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2009
Ph.D., Stanford University, 2013-Present

About Dan:
Trying to better understand how the human microbiome is acquired at birth, and the ecological forces that shape it over the first several years of life.
Enjoys reading biographies, watching stand-up comedy live, and traveling with my wife.

Carolina Tropini, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Sonnenburg Lab, Stanford University School of Medicine

Education:
B.Sc., University of British Columbia, Honors Biophysics, 2008
Ph.D., Stanford University School of Medicine, Biophysics Program, 2014
Postdoc, Stanford University School of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, 2014-Present.

About Carolina:
Exploring the effects of physical perturbations and extinction of species to the gut microbiota.
Enjoys traveling, cooking, horseback riding and dancing.