Jonathan R. Russell

Hertz Fellow: Jonathan R. Russell

Harvard University

Area of Study


Fellowship Years

2012 - 2017

Jonathan (Jon) Russell, PhD, is a research scientist at the Institute for Disease Modeling in Bellevue, WA. He is part of a team of scientists developing a stochastic agent-based model of malaria transmission with the goal of guiding policy towards elimination and ultimately eradication of malaria. Jon is primarily interested in understanding the complex role acquired immunity plays in the context of settings approaching elimination.

Prior to joining IDM, Jon completed is PhD in the lab of Rich Losick at Harvard University. During his PhD work, Jon investigated the role of noise in cellular-decision making in the spore-forming bacterium Bacillus subtilis. He used a microfluidics platform to visualize the behaviors of single cell lineages and genetic mutation as a tool to isolate where heterogeneity originated during signal transduction. While at Harvard, Jon pursued his passion for science education through teaching a variety of courses in the physical and life sciences, both in the lab and online.


2017 - The Origin of Cell Fate Heterogeneity in Bacillus subtilis