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.


Ewa Chodakowski Ewa is our lab technician. She has been at Yale since 2000. Ewa enjoys movies and spending time around New Haven.


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 postdoc and Swartz Fellow of Theoretical Neuroscience. 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 family, working on his YouTube channel, NBA basketball, gym, guitar, trashy TV, and wineries and breweries.


Henry Mattingly, PhD Henry is a postdoc, 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.


Helen Cai Helen is a senior undergraduate at Yale College, studying Applied Mathematics and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. She is interested in computational methods for algorithm development and behavioral modeling. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and insect-collecting.
Garima Singh Garima is a senior Neuroscience and Computer Science major in Yale’s Pierson College. She is interested in computational neuroscience and using neuroscience research to design better computational systems for AI. In her spare time, Garima dances, reads, and drinks tea. 
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. 
Artur Wachtel, PhD Artur is a postdoc who completed his graduate work on the nonequilibrium thermodynamics of (bio-)chemical reaction networks at the University of Luxembourg (G. D. Luxembourg) under the supervision of Massimiliano Esposito. He is interested in applying methods and concepts from nonequilibrium physics to better understand living systems. At the moment he focuses on the physics of information processing in bacterial populations. In his free time he enjoys swimming, dancing, hiking, video games, books, and tasting rums or craft beers with friends.

Aarti Sehdev 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.

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.
Thierry Emonet, PhD



  • 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

  • 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 Mah’moud, 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