Want to join our lab? Check out this page for details.

Benjamin Wolfe, Associate Professor

Benjamin joined the Department of Biology at Tufts as an assistant professor in September 2014. He conducted his post-doctoral research with Dr. Rachel Dutton the Center for Systems Biology at Harvard. Research in the Wolfe lab explores the ecology and evolution of microbial communities in food systems. For more information on his past work, please see his full CV here.

Post-doctoral Researchers

Emily Putnam

Emily joined the lab in the spring of 2020 after completing her graduate work at Yale in Microbial Pathogenesis. Her research looks at interspecies interactions in cheese and other food microbial communities.

Megan Biango-Daniels

Megan joined the lab in the summer of 2018 after completing her graduate work at Cornell in Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology. Her research looks at the fungi, both good and bad, that are important to fermented foods and cheese.

Graduate Students

Esther Miller

Esther joined the lab in January of 2015. Before she was at Tufts, she worked as a regulatory affairs specialist at Oxitec in the UK. Esther’s research in the lab explores microbial dynamics in the cabbage phyllosphere.

Liz Landis

Liz joined the lab in September 2015 after doing her M.Sc. research on soil microbial communities at UNH with Serita Frey. Liz is interested in patterns and processes in microbial communities across large spatial scales and linking microbial traits to community assembly.

Casey Cosetta

Casey joined the lab in September 2015 as a rotation graduate student. Casey did her undergraduate work at Stonehill College where she explored bacterial-fungal interactions in soil. Her project in our lab continues on this theme, exploring the molecular mechanisms underlying bacterial-fungal interactions in cheese rinds.

Ruby Ye

Ruby Ye joined the lab in August 2019. Ruby received her BA from Wellesley College in biochemistry. She is studying the roles of fungal secondary metabolites in cheese rind microbiomes.

Undergraduate Researchers

Daman Singh

Daman is a senior majoring in biology and joined the Wolfe Lab in Spring 2019. His research focuses on the role of microbial interactions in planarian worm regeneration.

Robert Nardella

Anna Morreale

Leslie Spencer

Matthew Podniesinski

Neal Chan

Victor Paredes

Former Lab Members

Freddy Lee (post-doc, now working at Invaio Sciences)

Brittany Niccum (post-doc, now working at Beckman Coulter)

Noelani Kamelamela (Research Technician, now working at MIT Genome Technology Core)

Kate Williams (Research Technician, now in DVM/PhD program at Colorado State)

Jonah OMara Schwartz (Tufts undergrad, now at Broad Institute)

Ishaan Brar (Tufts Summer Research Experience student)

Lavendar Wang (Tufts Summer Research Experience student)

Adelaide Fierti (Tufts undergrad)

Alexa Ornstein (Tufts undergrad, now at Kula Bio)

Otilia Popa (Tufts undergrad)

Eleanor Shi(Tufts undergrad)

Mira Guha (Tufts undergrad)

Kinsey Drake, (Tufts undergrad, now at Perfect Day)

Shravya Sakunala (Tufts undergrad)

Jake Jiler (Tufts undergrad, now a research technician at Rockefeller University)

Charles Bunnell (Tufts undergrad)

Kaite Zhang (Tufts undergrad, now a research technician in the Lander Lab at the Broad Institute)

Ina Bodinaku, (Tufts undergrad, now a medical student at Tufts University School of Medicine)

Josh Norville (Tufts undergrad, now a research technician atTufts University School of Medicine)

Jason Shaffer, (Tufts undergrad, now a medical student at UMass)

Liam Easton-Calabria, (Tufts undergrad)

Lucas Brown, (Tufts undergrad)

Claire Walter, (Tufts undergrad)

Emily Van Doren, (Tufts undergrad)

Tom Ollerhead, (Tufts undergrad)

Maria Ordovas-Montanes, (Tufts undergrad)

Maddi D’Aquila, (Tufts undergrad)

Rachel Odillia, (Colby-Sawyer College, REU student)

Michael Zalesne, (Tufts undergrad)