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Carolyn Miller, Research Associate III


Post-doctoral Scholar, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2013 - 2016.
Ph.D., Boston University, Biology, 2006.
B.S., Wellesley College, Biological Sciences with Africana Studies, 1994.

Carolyn helps manage the lab's marine mammal microbiome research program, which focuses on skin, gut and blow-associated microbiomes of diverse marine mammal species.  She is also darn good at catching and co-piloting drones at sea.

Cynthai Becker

Cynthia Becker, MIT-WHOI Graduate Student

B.S. and B.A., Ithaca College, Biology and Music, 2017.

Cynthia is a first-year student in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Biological Oceanography. She is
interested in the microbial interactions between the coral and surrounding reef seawater. Aside from
science, she loves hiking, playing the bassoon, and running outside. Fun fact: Cynthia is an identical

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Jeanne Bloomberg, MIT-WHOI Graduate Student


M.S. Louisiana State University, 2020

B.S. Northeastern University, 2016

Jeanne is interested in the microbial and disease ecologies of corals with Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease. Besides doing coral research, Jeanne likes to spend time hiking, baking, and playing with her dog.


Mallory Kastner, Research Assistant II


B.S. Haverford College, Biology and Environmental Studies, 2021.


Mallory recently graduated from Haverford College, and is now a guest student at WHOI. She is interested in the role of the host and microorganisms to wax ester lipid digestion in Arctic bowhead whales. Outside of the lab, Mallory loves to run, play tennis, and experiment in the kitchen.

Former members

Lei Ma, MIT-WHOI Graduate Student, 2019 - 2022.

Anya Brown, Post-doc Scholar, 2020-2022. Now an Assistant Professor at UC-Davis/ Bodega Marine Lab

Laura Weber, Guest Student, MIT-WHOI Graduate Student, Post-doc Investigator, 2013-2021. Now a member of C-CoMP

Naomi Huntley, Guest Student, 2019-2021. Now a PhD student at Penn State

Kinga Santha, WHOI Summer Student Fellow, 2020. Now a graduate student at Max Planck In­sti­tute for Mar­ine Mi­cro­bi­o­logy

Solange Martin, Guest Student, 2018. Now in veterinary graduate school

Shavonna Bent, WHOI Summer Student Fellow and Guest Student, 2017-2018. Now a MIT-WHOI graduate student

Rita Rachmawati, Guest Student (pursuing Ph.D. at UCLA), 2014 - 2018. Now a scientist in Indonesia

KC Bierlich, Guest Student (pursuing M.S. at Duke), 2015 - 2017. Now a PhD student at Duke University

Cynthia Becker, a Semester at WHOI undergraduate student from Ithaca College. Fall 2016. Back in the lab!

Liping Xun, Research Assistant, 2014-2016.

Abby Keller, Guest Undergraduate Student, 2016. Now a PhD student

Matthew Neave, KAUST-WHOI post-doctoral investigator, 2012-2015.  Now a Research Scientist at CSIRO, Australia.

Luci Kelemen, High School Student, 2015

Evan Denmark, MIT UROP/WHOI Guest Undergraduate Student, 2014-2015

Catarina Brighi, WHOI Summer Student Undergraduate Fellow 2014

Lauren Goodwin, WHOI Summer Guest Undergraduate Student, 2013