Ylaine Gerardin, PhD, is a a post-doctoral researcher with Hertz Fellow Jeff Gore at MIT, working on engineering the gut microbiome of a model animal to perform novel functions.
Ylaine received her bachelor’s degrees in biology
and electrical engineering from MIT, and as a Hertz Fellow, her PhD in systems biology from Harvard
University, working in the lab of Roy Kishony and co-advised by Michael
Springer. Her graduate research combined experimental and theoretical
approaches to understanding eco-evolutionary phenomena. Her work on the
selective benefits of microbial antibiotic production was published in Nature Microbiology in 2016. She also
initiated a project on the genomic analysis of blood-borne pathogens in
collaboration with Boston Children’s Hospital.
Outside of work, Ylaine enjoys taking ballet classes and
reading speculative fiction.