Marvin Whiteley

Marvin directs the CMDI. He is a Professor in the School of Biological Sciences and the Bennie H. & Nelson D. Abell Chair in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Georgia Tech. Additionally, he is Co-Director of the Emory-Children's Cystic Fibrosis Center. Marvin is interested in the social lives of bacteria, with specific expertise in the role of microbial spatial structure and communication in controlling infection. Marvin's group uses new technologies combined with classical genetic techniques to address questions of microbial physiology, ecology, virulence, and evolution. In particular, his group investigates infections involving the pathogens Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, and Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans. Marvin's group is at Georgia Tech, but is also affiliated with the Emory-Children’s Cystic Fibrosis Center. He moved to Georgia Tech in 2017 from the University of Texas at Austin.

Frank Stewart

Frank Stewart is an Associate Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at Georgia Tech.  As a marine microbiologist, he has broad interests in the dynamics of ocean microbial systems.  A major research theme in the lab explores how microbial biogeochemical cycles respond to ocean change, notably declines in dissolved oxygen content.  A second major theme explores how life in symbiosis drives microbial evolution and ecology.   Dr. Stewart received a B.A. in Biology from Middlebury College and a Ph.D. in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from Harvard University.  He worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT for two years before moving to Georgia Tech in 2011.  His work has been recognized through an NSF CAREER award, a Sloan Research Fellowship, and a Simons Foundation Early Career investigator award. 

Maria Avdonina

Maria brings more than 10 years of professional experience in program management and operations in a variety of organizations, including medical schools, hospitals, and other healthcare organizations. She holds a Masters degree in Biomedical Sciences from University of Iowa.

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