Mathieu Groussin, PhD

Scientific Director – Founder

I am a researcher using evolutionary, ecological and genomic approaches to understand what role microbes have been playing on human life and evolution. I am interested in using my background to solve issues in areas that I am the most passionate about: science, education, biodiversity conservation, public policy and social & human rights.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States of America

Mathilde Poyet, PhD

Scientific Director – Founder

I am a microbiologist, passionate about human health and evolution. My research focuses on developing advanced methodologies to deeply investigate bacterial species associated with humans. I am driven by a desire to understand how microbiomes impact human health and leverage its therapeutic potential.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States of America

Katya Moniz, PhD

Executive Director

I am a microbial ecologist with a background in the humanities. I am deeply committed to advancing the GMbC’s parallel missions of conservation, equity, and advancing health through science – in a way that is transparent, accountable, and always respectful of the communities with whom we partner.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States of America


Eric Alm, PhD

Senior advisor – Co-founder

I am passionate about using scientific discoveries and new technologies to solve real-world problems and global health issues. Through the Global Microbiome Conservancy, I hope to help preserve this critical biodiversity for future generations by leveraging the unique technological and human resources of our extensive network of collaborators worldwide.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States of America

Ramnik Xavier, Ph.D, M.D

Senior advisor

I am a Kurt Isselbacher Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Director of the Center for Computational and Integrative Biology, Institute Member and Co-Director of the Infectious Disease and Microbiome Program at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and Co-Director of the Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics at MIT.

Broad Institute & Massachusetts General Hospital, United States of America

Ainara Sistiaga, PhD

I am an archaeologist with a broad background in human evolution and the application of lipidomics to paleodietary studies. I combine the research fields of organic geochemistry, and evolutionary biology by studying the lipids produced by gut bacteria in modern and fossil samples.

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Roger Summons, PhD

I study molecular and isotopic biosignatures present in microbial cultures, sediments, sedimentary rocks and environmental samples. I am also interested in the phylogenomics of lipid biosynthesis. The overall aim of my work is to discern clues about the nature of early life on the Earth and the environmental transitions that permitted the advent and evolution of complex life.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States of America