Eric Alm


Research Interests

The human microbiome plays a key role in human health and disease. Research in my group includes both computational/theoretical and experimental approaches to understanding and engineering the human microbiome. Our research is focused on translating basic science discoveries rapidly into the clinic, where they can contribute to better outcomes for patients. Some areas of special interest include:
  • Developing therapeutics based on synthetic microbial communities
  • Personalized medicine
  • Monitoring human activities through Smart Sewers
  • Smart Toilets that track human health
  • Discovering low-cost non-invasive biomarkers

Teaching Interests

I am passionate about maximizing personal interaction in the classroom. I am especially interested in professional development, and working on communication skills with undergraduate and graduate students.


Eric Alm, Ph.D.

MIT Director
Center For Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics

Biological Engineering, MIT
Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT

Associate Member
Broad Institute

(617) 253-2726
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  • Postdoc, 2005, University of California, Berkeley/Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
  • Ph.D., 2001, University of Washington, Seattle
  • M.S., 1997, University of California, Riverside
  • B.S., 1995, University of Illinois, Urbana