Chris Smillie

  • Program Years: 2011-2015
  • Academic Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Field of Study: Biology, Computer Science and Bioengineering
  • Academic Advisor: Eric Alm
  • Practicum(s):
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2013)
  • Degree(s):
    B.S. Mathematics, and B.S. Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Arizona, 2009

Current Status

  • Research Area: Biology, Computer Science and Bioengineering
  • Publications

    Poutahidis T., Kleinewietfeld M., Smillie C., Levkovich T., Perrotta A., Bhela S., Varian B. J., Ibrahim Y. M., Lakritz J. R., Kearney S. M., Chatzigiagkos A., Hafler D. A., Alm E. J., & Erdman S. E. Microbial reprogramming inhibits Western diet-associated obesity. PLoS One. 8(7):e68596 (2013).

    Levkovich T., Poutahidis T., Smillie C., Varian B. J., Ibrahim Y. M., Lakritz J. R., Alm E. J., & Erdman S. E. Probiotic bacteria induce a 'glow of health.' PLoS One. 8(1):e53867 (2013).

    Papa, E., Docktor, M., Smillie, C., Weber, S., Preheim, S. P., Gevers, D., Giannoukos, G., Ciulla, D., Tabbaa, D., Ingram, J., Schauer, D., Ward, D., Korzenik, J., Xavier, R., Bousvaros, A., & Alm, E. Non-invasive mapping of the gastrointestinal microbiota identifies children with inflammatory bowel disease. PLoS One. 7(6):e39242 (2012).

    The Human Microbiome Project Consortium. Structure, function and diversity of the healthy human microbiome. Nature. 486, 207-214 (2012).

    The Human Microbiome Project Consortium. A framework for human microbiome research. Nature. 486, 215-221 (2012).

    Smillie, C., Smith, M., Friedman, J., Cordero, O., David, L., & Alm, E. Ecology drives a global network of gene exchange connecting the human microbiome. Nature. 480, 241-244 (2011).

    Smillie, C., Garcillan-Barcia, M.P., Francia, M.V., Rocha, E.P.C. & de la Cruz, F. Mobility of Plasmids. Microbiol. Mol. Biol. Rev. 74, 434-452 (2010).

    Jarvik, T., Smillie, C., Groisman, E.A. & Ochman, H. Short-Term Signatures of Evolutionary Change in the Salmonella enterica Serovar Typhimurium 14028 Genome. J. Bacteriol. 192, 560-567 (2010).

    van Passel, M.W., Smillie, C.S. & Ochman, H. Gene Decay in Archaea. Archaea. 2, 137-143 (2007).

    Awards

    NSF GRFP Fellowship (declined), 2011
    DoD NDSEG Fellowship (declined), 2011
    BRAVO Research Scholarship (Institut Pasteur), 2008-09
    Best senior thesis in Biochemistry, 2008
    Galileo Circle Scholarship, 2008
    Michael A. Wells Scholarship, 2008
    Robert Carter Scholarship, 2007