Current Lab Members
Lucius Chiaravilgio, MS
Research Associate III
Mr. Chiaraviglio received his B.S. from Harvard University and M.S. from the University of Chicago. He has worked previously as a systems engineer, programming project consultant, and software test engineer for companies such as Miranova, Laserlith, and Ziatech/Intel, and was a Principal Investigator for National Science Foundation and California SBIR grants. He has worked in the Kirby Laboratory since 2003 on high throughput antimicrobial discovery and Bartonella pathogenesis. Outside of the laboratory, Lucius is an active member of the Boston Street Railway Association, an organization devoted to public transportation in New England.
Yoon-Suk Kang, MS, PhD
Post Doctoral Fellow
Dr. Kang received his Ph.D. from Korea University studying bacterial hydrocarbon degradation by several model organisms in the laboratory of Professor Professor Woojun Park. He then performed postdoctoral work on the genetic regulation of microbial arsenic metabolism in the laboratory of Professor Timothy R. McDermott at Montana State University. He joined the Kirby Laboratory anti-microbial discovery effort in March 2013.
Jennifer Tsang, PhD
Post Doctoral Fellow
Dr. Tsang received her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia studying Helicobacter pylori flagella biogenesis and gene regulation in the laboratory of Professor Timothy Hoover. Did we mention that Helicobacter is a type IV secretion system-dependent pathogen? During the long drive from Georgia to Boston, she learned that she had two Journal of Bacteriology papers accepted on the same day as a culmination to her PhD work! She joined the Kirby laboratory in April 2015 to identify novel antimicrobials targeting Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae. See Jennifer's microbial blog at microbialmenagerie.com.
K.P. Smith, PhD
KP joined the laboratory in July 2015 after completing his PhD thesis in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Vermont in the laboratory of Keith Mintz. For the past few years he has been studying Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, a noted cause of juvenile periodontitis, aggressive periodontal disease, and "HACEK" group endocarditis, taking a proteomics approach to investigate cell membrane physiology. He previously received a master degree for his studies on multi-drug efflux pump-mediated antimicrobial resistance in Vibrio cholera and Staphylococcus aureus.
Thea Brennan-Krohn, MD
Clinical Microbiology Fellow
Thea joined joined the laboratory in January 2016 to explore synergy combinatorial therapy for CRE and other multi-drug resistant Gram negative organisms. Prior to joining the laboratory, she received her MD degree from Stanford Medical School, performed a residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Boston, and completed a clinical intensive year of a Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship also at Children's Hospital. She recently completed a CPEP Clinical Microbiology Fellow at BIDMC, a program which integrates training in clinical microbiology and clinical microbiology-related research.
Kat is an undergraduate at Boston University. She is interested in antimicrobial resistance and potential graduate school a few years in the future. She joined the laboratory in March 2016 and is studying antimicrobial synergy.
Sarah is an sophomore at U. Mass Amherst and joined the lab for the summer to study antimicrobial synergy against non-prokaryotic life forms. .
Former Lab Members
Sylvine Raverdy, MS, PhD
Sylvine joined the Kirby Laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow after completing a PhD in parasitology/neglected tropical diseases at the New England Biolabs and the University Louis Pasteur (Strasbourg I). She is currently a Senior Scientist at Becton Dickinson.
Scott Duong, MD
Scott joined the laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow after completing a Clinical Pathology Residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He later performed a Medical Microbiology Fellowship at BIDMC. He is currently the Associate Director of Clinical Microbiology at North Shore-LIJ Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. Reportedly he has his hands full with microbiology diagnostic clinical trial work.
Calvin Williams, MD
Calvin joined the laboratory as part of the Harvard Medical School Scholars in Medicine Program devoting a "fifth" year in his HMS medical school training to antimicrobial research. He recently completed a rotating internship at the University of Chicago and began a residency in Dermatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas in July.
Dawn joined the laboratory as a Research Assistant after graduating with a Bachelors of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is currently completing her PhD in Medical Geography at the University of Florida.
Ryan is an undergraduate at Northeast University. He joined the Kirby laboratory in the spring of 2015 to study multi-drug resistance in Gram negative bacteria and develop novel susceptibility testing methodology. We will definitely be taking advantage of his skills using Mathematica. His photograph was taken during his first experiment in the laboratory!