Allison Lopatkin

Principal Investigator & Assistant Professor
Dept. of Biology, Barnard College Data Science Institute, Columbia University E3B, Columbia University Pronouns: she/her/hers

B.S. in applied mathematics; PhD in Biomedical Engineering
Inside the lab: Predicting HGT dynamics and admiring all things bacterial
Outside the lab: Hiking anywhere outdoors, or playing with my dog Tiki (who refuses to hike)

Mehrose Ahmad

Research Technician Pronouns: she/her/hers

I am a recent Barnard graduate (Class of 2021!) who majored in Biochemistry. Originally from Queens, New York, Barnard has always felt like my home away from home throughout the four years that I attended as a student. During my time at Barnard, I worked in the Austin lab and researched a neuronal protein that is implicated in various neurodegenerative diseases. As part of my gap years, I am excited to work in the Lopatkin lab to study antibiotic resistance. My previous work and the work that I will do in the Lopatkin lab will allow me to become a better learner, thinker, and researcher, and I ultimately hope to apply these skills as a future physician. Outside the lab, you can find me playing with my two cats, or cooking in the kitchen!

Shahana Abdin

Research Assistant

I am a junior studying Computer Science with a Pre-Med/Law track. I hope to one day use CS to help create accessibility and inclusivity in the healthcare industry for POC, women, and the low-income community. I am extremely excited to gain experience and implement computational programs in correlation to human physiology!

Jackie Balestrieri

Research Assistant Pronouns: she/her

Major(s): Biology, Film; Class of 2024
Inside the Lab: Working to see the correlation between levels of resistance and recipient strain in conjugation efficiency of clinical isolates.
Outside the Lab: I'm either at the beach if the weather is nice, at a concert, or on stage with one of the performing arts groups I participate in on campus.

Lorenza Bartu

Research Assistant Pronouns: they/them/theirs

Major(s): Computational Biology; Women's/Gender/Sexuality Studies: Feminist Intersectional Science and Technology Studies
Inside the Lab: Helping develop a plasmid annotation pipeline
Outside the Lab: Baking vegan desserts, dancing at DJ sets, scooping ice cream at Van Leeuwen's

Lela DeVine

Research Assistant Pronouns: she/her

Major(s): Cell and Molecular Biology; Minor: Science, Ethics, and Public Policy; Class of 2025
Inside the Lab: Working on quantifying drug sensitivity of metabolic genes that co-occur with antibiotic resistance genes
Outside the Lab: She loves to SCUBA dive in Hilo, Hawai'i (her hometown), dance, and cook.

Shahd ElNaggar

Research Assistant

I am a student in the class of 2024 planning on majoring in Cellular & Molecular Biology. I am particularly interested in molecular genetics and mathematics and am looking forward to exploring computational biology in the lab. Outside of the lab, I am very passionate about music and love spending time by the sea scuba diving and kitesurfing!

Maya Fabozzi

Research Assistant Pronouns: she/her

Major(s): Computational Biology; Minor: Latin American Studies
Inside the Lab: Working on the metabolic evolution and plasmid acquisition cost projects.
Outside the Lab: I can be found skiing with the Columbia Ski Team and making music with my friends.

Larissa Flores

Research Assistant

I am a member of the Columbia Class of 2025 looking to major in Computer Science and minor in Biomedical Engineering. My interest in computing has always laid at its intersections with other disciplines, having been introduced to coding as an outlet for artistic expression. Through the lab, I hope to explore my interest in genomics and computing’s potential in furthering current medical and biological research, including the spread of antibiotic resistance.

Danya Gewurz

Research Assistant

I am a first year student on the premed track at Barnard College. I am from Boston, Massachusetts. I am extremely interested in medicine and specifically the human body and how each biological process works. I am eager to be a part of this lab and help prevent the spread of antibiotic resistance. In my free time, I enjoy playing classical music on a piano, hiking and baking bread.

Jana Casals Puy

Research Assistant Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major(s): Computer Science; Minor: Biology
Inside the Lab: I am working on a pipeline that annotates plasmid genes and runs linear regression analyses on those plasmids to investigate plasmid acquisition costs.
Outside the Lab: I am practicing Naginata, playing video games, and studying late at night in Milstein.

Anika Rahman

Research Assistant

I am a first year student at Barnard planning to major in Biology. I am Bangladeshi-American and I am from Queens, New York. I developed an interest in antibiotic resistance from my previous high school research experience, and I am excited to continue to be a part of the fight against this ever-growing issue. Outside of the lab, I love to take walks around my neighborhood and travel with my family.

Lab Alumni

Deniz Ertem
Claire Johnson
Emily Lo
Jenifer Moralez
Alana Palomino
Hannah Prensky
Karolina Szenkiel
Jessica Wang
Ujana Zajmi