Lab Members

Carrie Nardella Carrie Nardella is the Administrative Assistant to the Emonet Lab.  Carrie worked in the Medical School from 1990 to 2000.  She returned to Yale in 2016 in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. In her free time she enjoys living on the shore and raising her 3 daughters.


Mahmut Demir, PhD Mahmut is a postdoc who did his graduate work with Hanna Salman at Pitt where he studied migration of E. coli in shallow thermal gradients. He currently studies adaptation of olfactory receptor neurons and navigation in intermittent odorant landscapes. He enjoys outdoor activities, hiking and discovering new places. He also likes to cook occasionally.


Nirag Kadakia, PhD Nirag is a postdoc and BRAIN Initiative Fellow. Nirag completed his graduate work in the UC San Diego physics department in July 2017 under Henry Abarbanel, where he developed methods of statistical inference in nonlinear dynamical systems. He is broadly interested in computational ​and theoretical neuroscience. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, working on his YouTube channel, NBA basketball, gym, TV, and dining out. 


Henry Mattingly, PhD Henry is a postdoc and NIH F32 Fellow, having done his PhD with Stas Shvartsman at Princeton modeling dynamic cellular processes, such as ERK signaling and the cell cycle. He also collaborated with Ben Machta, studying how to choose appropriately simple mathematical models. He enjoys hiking, exercise, board games, and cooking.


Keita Kamino, PhD Keita is a postdoc, having completed his graduate work in the University of Tokyo under Satoshi Sawai, where he studied cell-to-cell signaling and chemotaxis of the social amoeba. Then he did a postdoc in AMOLF in the Netherlands under Thomas Shimizu, where he developed an experimental system to measure single-cell signaling dynamics of bacteria. He is currently focusing on the relation between spontaneity and responsiveness in bacterial chemotaxis. He has recently taken up swimming in his free time.


Aarti Sehdev, PhD Aarti is a postdoc who completed her graduate work at the International Max Planck Research School of Organismal Biology and the University of Konstanz, where she studied odor background segregation in insects, under the supervision of Paul Szyszka. She is interested in what information insects use from intermittent plumes to locate an odor source, and the neural mechanisms involved in encoding olfactory navigation strategies. In her free time, she enjoys singing, going to the gym, playing kicker, video games and ukulele, as well as living a minimal waste lifestyle.

 Jyot Antani, PhD    Jyot is a joint postdoc with Paul Turner Lab. Jyot worked on his PhD with Pushkar Lele at Texas A&M University where he studied the sensory functions of the bacterial flagellar motor. He is currently developing a project to visualize and study the interactions between bacteria and bacteriophage- the viruses that infect bacteria. In his free time, Jyot enjoys reading fantasy novels, taking road trips to parks and beaches, cooking, and eating. 


Swayamshree Patra is a postdoc, working on the theoretical aspects of chemical navigation. She finished her PhD at Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur under the guidance of Debashish Chowdhury where she developed theories for control and coordination of flagellar length in multiflagellated eukaryotes. In her free time she loves to explore new techniques of digital art for communicating her scientific projects.

Average Phan, PhD  is a physicist pursuing strange and small but curious and fun ideas in many different branches of science. For abstract questions he becomes a theorist. For difficult questions he turns into an experimentalist.

Graduate Students
Viraaj Jayaram Viraaj is a physics graduate student, having graduated from UChicago in 2019 with bachelor’s degrees in math and physics. He is broadly interested in theoretical and computational biophysics and understanding information processing, decision making and optimality in biological systems. In his free time he enjoys playing and watching cricket, tennis and soccer, as well as playing board games, watching movies and trying out new restaurants with friends. 

Jeremy Moore Jeremy is a graduate student in MCDB, having done his undergraduate degree in molecular biology at Kenyon College. He is interested in how bacteria make decisions in complex environments and is currently studying how they integrate information from multiple signals at once. In his free time, he enjoys playing piano, cooking, and video games.


Lam Vo Lam is a graduate student in MCDB. He studied chemotaxis in Azosprillium brasilense at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville during his undergraduate years under Dr. Gladys Alexandre. He is interested in studying spatial sorting in chemotaxis waves and the connection between virulence and chemotaxis in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. When he is not working, he loves watching random Youtube video, listening to music, and exercise. He’s looking forward to going to the beach, exploring local boutique shop, and hunting for good restaurants. 

 Gustavo Santana Gustavo is a graduate student in the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program. He completed his undergraduate in Computer Engineering at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, where he studied the ontogeny of vocal communication in mice. He is currently interested in understanding how flies explore spatial features of odor plumes for optimal navigation. In his free time, he spends too much money going to concerts, and enjoys playing guitar (please email me if you own a venue and need a band). 

 Jude Ong  Jude is a postgraduate associate interested in studying the intersection of biology with mathematical modeling. He is currently working on how differences in swimming phenotype affect the diffusion of bacteria in various environments. In his free time he enjoys hiking, video games, swimming, and binge watching random YouTube videos. 


 Will Rosenbluth Will is an undergraduate majoring in Applied Math at Yale with a concentration in Computer Science. He is interested in modeling dynamical systems and is currently using biological modeling to study how olfactory receptor neurons adapt to temporal signals. He is also co-president of the Yale Student Chapter of Engineers Without Borders USA. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, skiing, and rock climbing. 


Rafaela Kottou Rafaela is an undergraduate interested in studying biochemistry through the lens of mathematical modeling. She is currently trying to understand how different binding modalities affect the diversity of sensory parameters in bacterial chemosensing. In her free time, she writes for the Yale Daily News and enjoys spending time outdoors.


Agastya Rana Agastya is an undergraduate interested in applying mathematical and computational modelling techniques to biological systems. He is currently working on using data assimilation to quantify the cellular parameters that govern bacterial chemotaxis. In his free time, he enjoys swimming, playing basketball and finding new music to listen to.

Ethan Brown is an undergraduate majoring in Applied Math at Yale with a concentration in Biological Computation. He is interested in analyzing how insects respond to various olfactory signals using optogenetics. In his free time, he enjoys climbing, running, hiking, and board games.

Austin Theroux is an undergraduate student majoring in Earth and Planetary Sciences. He is broadly interested in evolutionary systems and environmental geomicrobiology. He currently studies the evolutionary dynamics of how E. coli develop resistance to bacteriophage chi, a virus that infects bacteria by first binding to the flagella. In his free time, he enjoys swimming, reading, and learning languages.

Thierry Emonet, PhD




  • Artur Wachtel
  • Adam Waite, Research Specialist at Calico Labs
  • Amitaba Nandi, Assistant Professor at IIT, Bombay, India
  • Carlotta Martelli, Junior Group Leader, J. Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany
  • Dervis Can Vural, Assistant Professor at Notre Dame University, IN
  • Garrit Jentsch, managing director of BAST GmbH Clinical Data Science and Model Based Drug Development
  • Oleksii Sliusarenko, Quant researcher at a quantitative hedge fund
  • Roger Alexander, Senior Research Scientist, Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research, Seattle
  • Xiongfei Fu, Assistant Professor, Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology, The Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenzhen, China
  • Yann Dufour, Assistant Professor at Michigan State University, Lansing, MI
  • Setsu Kato, Assistant Professor at Hiroshima University, Japan

Graduate Students

Postgraduate Students

  • Tomas Lamot, Graduate student at University of Namur in Belgium
  • Luca Rappez, Graduate student at EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
  • Noah Olsman, Graduate student at Caltech, Pasadena CA
  • Pedro Cisneros, Graduate student at UCSB, Santa Barbara CA
  • Sébastien Gillet, Graduate student at University of Namur, Belgium
  • Luis Hernandez-Nuñes, Graduate student at Harvard, Cambridge MA

Undergraduate Students

  • Garima Singh, began job at SparkCognition
  • Helen Cai, began job at Epic Systems
  • Hope Anderson, undergraduate at Wellesley University
  • Charlotte Brannon, now doing 1-year internship in the Gerstein Lab at Yale
  • Adam Fine, now graduate student at University of Chicago physics
  • Megan Ayers, undergraduate at Lewis and Clark College
  • Mattia Mahmoud, undergraduate at Harvard University
  • Abhishek Sethi
  • Adam Bildersee, software engineer at Google[x]
  • Faez Syed
  • Jennifer Wang
  • Michael Weiner, Graduate student Cornell University
  • Tobias Holden


  • Ewa Chodakowski