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Amir Brivanlou


B.A. in Biology, Kenyon College

Research Interests: host-microbe interactions, self vs non-self-determination, functional genomics




​About Amir

Amir spent the first 18 years of his life in New York City, before moving to be amongst the cows and the corn of Ohio for his undergrad at Kenyon College. He worked with Professor Wade Powell, using transcriptomics to study how paralogous Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptors acquired divergent unliganded functions in the frog Xenopus laevis. After graduation, he came to Boston and joined Professor Silvi Rouskin’s lab as a research assistant at Harvard Medical School. There, he used chemical probing and sequencing to study how RNA secondary structures regulate gene expression in everyone’s favorite organelle, the mitochondria. Amir decided to stay at HMS for graduate school and join the BBS PhD program at Harvard in the fall of 2023. He is broadly interested in using functional genomics to study the complexities of host-microbe interactions and immunity.

When outside the Longwood medical area, Amir can be found making music, being with friends, and insufferably comparing Boston to New York. 

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