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Dylan Burgin


B.S. in Microbiology and Cell Science, University of Florida

Research Interests: host-microbe interactions, microbial competition within the host


dburgin -at-


​About Dylan

Dylan was born in Los Angeles but moved to New Zealand when he was three years old and then to Australia at eight years old. After returning to the United States for high school and college, he settled in Florida where he completed his undergraduate degree in Microbiology and Cell Science at the University of Florida. There, he worked under Dr. Kelly Rice to investigate how the metabolic versatility of the pathogen Staphylococcus aureus influences the regulation of virulence factor production. Following graduation, he spent three years at the National Institutes of Health where he worked with Dr. Michael Otto to study a novel class of antimicrobial peptides produced by select Gram-positive bacteria.


After leaving the NIH, Dylan joined the BBS program at Harvard in the fall of 2023. He has since begun rotating and is broadly interested in studying how microbiome composition and host-state influence the outcomes of host-microbe interactions. He is also interested in how bacteria leverage host- and microbial-derived molecules for competitive advantages.


When not in the lab, Dylan can be found checking out new restaurants around Boston, hanging out with friends, playing video games, or stressing out about college sports.

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