Zooming into 2021
The 2020 holiday gift swap looked a bit different than past years, but we had fun nonetheless!
Congratulations to Ellie for publishing her newest (and first!) paper! Check out her work in Frontiers in Microbiology entitled, “Defining the Distinct Skin and Gut Microbiomes of the Northern Pike” September 12th, 2019
The noble steed
Another trip to New Hampshire wouldn’t be successful without visiting Trot Trot at Polly’s Pancake Parlor. July 12th, 2019
Undergraduate Amit Chakrabarti wins a Karen T. Romer Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award (UTRA) for his research in the lab. December 12, 2018
(PrEP)ping the Microbiome
Congratulations to Ellie for publishing a paper titled “Evaluation of the Microbiome in Men taking Pre-exposure Prophylaxis for HIV Prevention.” Jan 4, 2021.
Dr. Chapman Beekman joins the lab as a Postdoctoral Researcher. Chapman earned his PhD at Brown University for his work on Pseudogymnoascus destructans, the causative agent of White-Nose Syndrome. We’re excited to have him on our team! January 2021.
Summer Student Success
The lab hosted two undergraduate students, Lauren Heinzinger and Angus Johnson, as part of the Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program. Their work culminated in a publication titled “Oxygen and Metabolism: Digesting Determinants of Antibiotic Susceptibility in the Gut.” Nov 30, 2020.
Welcome Rachel and Goodluck Ellie!
Rachel Peterson joins the lab as a research assistant and we say goodbye to Ellie as she leaves to pursue a PhD at UC Berkeley. August 2020.
The Belenky Lab receives an RO1 grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (July 7, 2020) and a grant from the USDA (June 1, 2020)!
Dr. Katherine Antosca joins the lab as a Postdoctoral Researcher. Katherine earned her PhD at Dartmouth College for her work on cystic fibrosis. We’re excited to have her on our team! July 2020.
The Microbiome and Depression in Young Adults
Congratulations to Aislinn for publishing a paper titled “Reductions in Anti-Inflammatory Gut Bacteria are Associated with Depression in a Sample of Young Adults.” Mar 27, 2020.
Resistance Genes in Mice
Check out Ben’s new paper titled “Metatransciptomics Reveals Antibiotic-Induced Resistance Gene Expression in the Murine Gut Microbiota.” Mar 6, 2020.
Grant Graciously Granted from the NCCIH
The Belenky lab is grateful for our most recent grant from the National Center for the Complementary and Integrative Health
RI Microbiome Symposium 2020
The inaugural symposium is right around the corner (Jan 16-17). We have organized an exciting program of local speakers/posters and two amazing keynote speakers – Dr. Sarah Hird and Dr. Tami Lieberman. Check it out/apply here
Sharing the Wealth of Knowledge
Lab members Damien, Jenna, Ben, and Ellie travelled to 2019’s Boston Bacterial Meeting at Harvard University. June 6th and 7th, the four gave talks and posters. Jenna’s talk, pictured above, shared her thesis on how the “Host hyperglycemia impacts antibiotic efficacy within the murine gut microbiome” while Damien shared, top right, his work on the “Potential role of polysaccharide utilization in the response of the gut microbiome to antibiotics”. Not pictured were Ellie’s poster on the
Stella Yun presented her senior thesis project “Impacts of genotoxic agents on rates of ribosomal mutations in the 30S ribosomal rpsE gene” at the 2019 Ivy League Undergraduate Research Symposium (ILURS). April 19-21st.
We are honored to welcome Rachael Nilson into the Belenky lab! Rachael is a triple threat with her immunological knowledge, subtle humor, and piping skills (which will come in handy for the annual Lab Bake-Off). Not to mention, Rachel brings the prestigious Presidential scholarship to the lab. Welcome, welcome, welcome! April 15, 2019
The Welcome cake!
Chef Damien hit it out of the park with this one. The cake boasts layers of funfetti brushed with milk and vanilla extra, vanilla frosting, and birthday cake crumbs! It was delicious! Click below for Christina Tosi’s recipe.
Talking the talk
Damien and Swathi attended the 2019 Keystone Symposia, March 10 to 14. Damien, pictured above, gave a talk as well as a poster on “Microbial metabolism is a major determinant of antibiotic susceptibility within the microbiome.” On the right, Swathi converses about her project; “Metagenomic analysis of diet and antibiotic interactions in the gut microbiome”.
Cheers to Aislinn’s newest paper!
The lab celebrates Aislinn’s newest paper! Check out the manuscript “Urogenital schistosomiasis is associated with widespread impacts on the adolescent intestinal microbiome”. Jan 29th, 2019
The Holidays in Providence
The Belenky lab turned out for the Holiday Bake-Off with a winter wonderland. Much like Willy Wonka’s factory, this wonderland is edible featuring a holiday house, coconut snow and cake pop trees. Flavors include lemon strawberry in pink, dulce de leche and coconut in white, and red velvet oreo in green. Congratulations to this year’s winner Mayara of the Vaishnava lab who took home the golden rolling pin with her delicious Brazilian carrot cake! December 23rd
The Belenky lab convenes for the annual holiday party to celebrate a great year over dumplings and fermented foods (below). In 365 days, we saw 7 publications and 3 marriages, a Belenky lab record all around. Cheers to everyone’s hard work! December 11th, 2018
The Belenky lab receives a grant from the Center for Computational Biology of Human Disease (COBRE). November 1st, 2018
For this Halloween, we chose to cosplay as an ecology lab for the day. Thinking about evolutionary relationships between microbial players…
October 31st, 2018
Ben and Peter take a trip to the Narangansett Bay to sample more fish microbiomes with Captain Bert.
November 18, 2018
Sunshine and pancakes
The lab goes to New Hampshire for the annual Belenky Lab retreat and visit to Polly’s Pancake Parlor in Sugar Hill, NH! July 27, 2018
ASM Microbe Meeting – 2018
The Belenky lab attends ASM Microbe 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Congratulations to Damien for receiving the Outstanding Abstract Award for his poster: “Microbial metabolism is a major determinant of antibiotic susceptibility within the microbiome.” Aislinn poster: “Urogenital schistosomiasis is associated with signatures of microbiome dysbiosis in Nigerian adolescents.” Ben poster: “The induction of natural transformation in B. subtilis in modulated by genotoxic stress.” Jenna poster: “Impacts of acute hyperglycemia on the response of the murine microbiome to antibiotic exposure” June 10, 2018
This week we say hello and goodbye to two lab members. Will leaves the lab to pursue a PhD at the University of Washington as Ellie joins the Belenky lab as research assistant. Welcome and good luck! Aloha, salut, ciao, servus, shalom, and cheerio. June 4-6, 2018
When life gives you kimchi
Check out our vegan kimchi work in the news:
- Science Daily May 1st
- Smithsonian Magazine April 7th
- Futurity May 1st
- News from Brown May 1st
- Daily Herald April 22nd
- Cosmos Magazine May 4th
She’s a power house!
We are proud of Michelle as she has proven herself time and again. Her hard work over these past four years has culminated in multiple accomplishments within the past two months.
- Brown Distinguished Thesis Award. May 28
- The second chapter of her thesis published in MDPI’s Foods; “Microbial community analysis of sauerkraut fermentation reveals a stable and rapidly established community.” May 14
- Fulbright Scholarship! Michelle will be studying the microbiomes of fermented food in the Philippines. April 12
- The first chapter of her thesis published in the journal Food Microbiology; “The impact of vegan production on the kimchi microbiome.” April 2
Hello to You and You and You
Welcome to the lab Swathi! After two summers in the lab, we know Swathi has skills to make it far and we can’t wait to see what you will do.
Also this week, Damien continues to pursue the intersections of Science and Public Policy. As part of ASBMB’s annual Hill day Damien met with Senator Elizabeth Warren, and representatives Joe Kennedy and Bill Keating. April 12-16th, 2018
The High Potential of Two
Jenna and Ben were both awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. Deserved on both accounts, Jenna and Ben join the lab as the 2nd and 3rd to be awarded this prestigious fellowship. As early career scientists their hard work and high potential is clearly striking. April 4, 2018
The Belenky Lab reclaims the Golden Rolling Pin at the Annual Holiday Bake-Off. December 20th, 2017
The Stellar Stella
Stella is awarded the Karen T. Romer Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award (UTRA). Congratulations Stella! Feburary 16th, 2018
Damien and Jenna publish their new paper, entitled “The salivary microbiome is consistent between subjects and resistant to impacts of short-term hospitalization” Check it out in Nature’s Scientific Reports. August 24th, 2017
Part of the Crew
Peter and Ben joined the crew of a research vessel, Cap’n Bert, to sample fish microbiomes in the Naragansett Bay. July 25, 2017
Ready to Chomp Down
The Belenky Lab celebrates the summer with the annual trip to the hills of New Hampshire. The watermelon shark put up a fight, but in the end, it was delicious. July 14, 2017
Juniors Shay Trotman and Michelle Zabat awarded UTRAs (Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award) for summer research with the Belenky lab. June 12th, 2017
Jenna Wurster and Benjamin Korry join the lab as pre-doctoral graduate students. May 1st, 2017
Will Sano joined the Belenky lab as research assistant. January 16th, 2017
The Belenky lab awarded the COBRE Center for Computational Biology of Human Disease (CBHD) Pilot Award! December 20th, 2016
Damien Cabral receives the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! Absolutely fantastic work! March 30th, 2016
Junior Naveen Balakrishnan is awarded an UTRA (Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award)! He will join us this summer to continue work on his honors thesis. March 15, 2016
Check out Aislinn and Damien’s newest mini review in Microbial Cell. “Bactericidal antibiotics induce programmed metabolic toxicity” March 9th, 2016
Michelle Zabat awarded the Dean’s Summer Fellowship! We’ll see you after finals for more research. Feburary 15, 2016
Our Cell Reports paper made it into the Brown Medicine Magazine! Check out the article. December 15, 2016
This week, you can find Peter Belenky in the city’s Business News section. Read his answer to 5 important questions. November 2, 2015
The Belenky Lab hits the press again this week. The Brown News covers our recent Cell Reports paper in its latest issue. October 30, 2015
Antibiotics, Bacteria, and Exhaustion
Peter publishes a look into the toxicity of antibiotics. Check it the article, titled “Bactericidal antibiotics induce toxic metabolic perturbations that lead to cellular damage” in Cell Reports. November 3, 2015
The Brown News features Peter in a Faculty Profile. October 27th, 2015
Peter recieves Brown University’s DEANS Award for his work on “The response of the microbiome to narrow vs broad-spectrum antibiotic therapy.” July 1st, 2015
Check out Peter’s new paper published in PNAS, entitled, “Antibiotic efficacy is linked to bacterial cellular respiration”. June 24th, 2015
Damien Cabral and Aislinn Rowan join the Belenky Lab! Welcome, welcome, welcome! April 15th, 2015
RI-INBRE awarded as part of Early Career Development for Peter’s work “The impact of cellular NAD metabolism on antifungal toxicity”. May 1st, 2015
Peter accepts the Seed Award from Brown University for his work, “Metatranscriptomic analysis to profile oral microbiome responses to broad-spectrum antibiotics during treatment of community-acquired pneumonia”. April 1st, 2015
Peter is honored to accept the Richard B. Salomon Research Award from Brown University for his work on “The impacts of antibiotics on horizontal gene transfer in the microbiome”. Feburary 26, 2015
Check out the latest Faculty Profile on Peter! November 26th, 2014
Peter publishes his newest paper in PNAS, entitled, “Antibiotics induce redox-related physiological alterations as part of their lethality” May 20th, 2014