About Us


Sam Brown

Sam Directs the CMDI. The Brown lab is interested in unpicking the social lives of bacteria, and how these social lives in pathogens impact human infectious disease. Specific questions include asking what factors protect cooperative populations of bacteria from exploitation by cheats? what language are communicating bacteria speaking? What are the determinants of community stability? For each of these basic questions, the Brown lab asks how bacterial social interactions shape disease traits (virulence, transmission, emergence, drug resistance) and also present new opportunities for control. The lab pursues these questions with a mix of theory and experiment, evolutionary biology and molecular microbiology – and so profits enormously from the diversity of expertise and approaches in the CMDI. 



Carina Baskett

Since fall 2021, Carina has been training the students and postdocs of CMDI in writing grants and other forms of professional communication such as conference presentations and outreach. Her research background is in the evolutionary ecology of plant-insect interactions in pokeweed and snapdragons, but she’s worked with microbial systems as well. She is glad to support and the excellent researchers at CMDI without having to pick up a pipette. She is also looking forward to getting involved in efforts at CMDI to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in science. On the weekends, she enjoys getting outside with her family.


Contact Us:

CMDI Manager


School of Biological Sciences

Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, GA  30332-0230

Ph: 404.894.3417