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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.

Anya Brown

Anya Brown, Post-doctoral Scholar


PhD University of Georgia 2018
M.S. Cal State University, Northridge, 2012
B.S. Brown University, 2009


Anya is interested in microbial ecology, and how host-associated microbes influence macroscopic populations and communities. In addition to spending time in the lab and the field, Anya likes to swim, kayak, cook and read.


Laura Weber, Post-doctoral Investigator


Ph.D., MIT-WHOI Joint Program, Biological Oceanography, 2019.

B.S., University of Maryland, 2012.

Laura recently completed her Ph.D. with our lab, and is now a post-doctoral investigator.  Laura is interested in coral-associated microorgansims, metabolomics and coral-picoplankton interactions.  When Laura isn’t reading research articles or centrifuging samples, she plays the violin/ viola, sings, cooks, bakes, hikes, sketches, and scuba-dives.

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

Lei Ma

Lei Ma, MIT-WHOI Graduate Student

B.S., Brown University, 2013.

Lei is a graduate student in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Biological Oceanography. She is interested in marine microbial communities and particularly in the myriad ecological services microbes provide to their environment. Besides researching, you may also find her cooking spicy food, reading feminist science fiction, knitting, gaming, or dangling from a rope in circus class.

Naomi Huntley

Naomi Huntley, Guest Student

B.S. University of Michigan, Earth and Environmental Science, 2016.

M.S. University of Virgin Islands, 2020.

Naomi is a Ph.D. student at Pennsylvania State University and a guest student at WHOI. While at WHOI she studied the microbiome of corals infected with Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease. She is interested in how the symbiotic relationships were established, are structured, and how they are maintained between microbes and their coral hosts. When Naomi isn’t in the lab, she enjoys rock climbing, kick boxing, and spending time with her two miniature dachshunds.

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Jeanne Bloomberg, Research Associate II


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, Guest Student


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

Kinga Santha, WHOI Summer Student Fellow, 2020.

Solange Martin, Guest Student, 2018.

Shavonna Bent, WHOI Summer Student Fellow and Guest Student, 2017-2018.

Rita Rachmawati, Guest Student (pursuing Ph.D. at UCLA), 2014 - 2018.

KC Bierlich, Guest Student (pursuing M.S. at Duke), 2015 - 2017.

Cynthia Becker, a Semester at WHOI undergraduate student from Ithaca College. Fall 2016.

Liping Xun, Research Assistant, 2014-2016.

Abby Keller, Guest Undergraduate Student, 2016.

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