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801 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

The Laboratory of Dr. Jacques Ravel at the Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Ravel research is on the role of the vaginal microbiome in women's health. 


Jacques Ravel, PhD

Principal Investigator

MSc - Microbiology - University of Nancy, France, 1992
PhD - Molecular Microbial Ecology - University of Maryland College Park, 1994-1999
Postdoctoral Fellowship - Natural Product Chemistry - The Johns Hopkins University, 1999-2002

Editor in Chief, Microbiome

Research Associates


Bing Ma, PhD

MSc - Molecular Systematics - University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 2005
PhD - Computer Genomics - University of Wisconsin, 2011
Postdoctoral Fellowship - University of Maryland School of Medicine, 2011-2014


Pawel Gajer, PhD

MSc - Mathematics - Institute of Mathematics, Wroclaw Univ., Poland, 1985
PhD - Mathematics - State University of New York, 1993   
Postdoctoral Fellowship - University of California Berkeley, 1993-1994
MSc - Computer Sciences - The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 2000
Postdoctoral Fellowship - The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 2000-2002 

Postdoctoral Fellows


Vonetta Edwards, PhD

PhD - Pathogenicity - University of Maryland College Park 2013


Johanna Holm, PhD

PhD - Microbial Ecology - University of Southern California, 2015


Melissa Nandy, NP, CCRC, CPM

Clinical Research Specialist

Master in Family Nursing Practice - University of Maryland School of Nursing, 2015


Apaala Chatterjee, MS

Bioinformatics Specialist

Master in Bioinformatics - Johns Hopkins University, 2015

Graduate Students

Latéy Bradford

MD/PhD program, University of Maryland School of Medicine
PhD Graduate Student, Molecular Microbiology & Immunology, Graduate Program in Life Sciences, University of Maryland Baltimore

BSc - University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2009


Steve Smith

PhD Graduate Student - Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, and Genomics (CBBG), University of Maryland College Park

MSc - University of Pennsylvania, 2011


Laboratory Staff


Mike Humphrys, MSc

Research Laboratory Manager

MSc - Biological Oceanography - University of Georgia, 2008


Lindsay Sammons Rutt, MSc

Research Laboratory Supervisor

MSc - Clinical Microbiology - University of Wisconsin, 2010


Li Fu, BSc

Research Specialist

BSc - Jiangsu University, 1985


Hongqiu Yang

Research Assistant



Eli McComb

Research Assistant

BSc - American University, 2014


Bilal Ali

Research Assistant

BSc - University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2015


Administrative Support

Riham Keryakos

Office Manager

UMB Staff Senator

BA - English Literature - Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, 1985-1989


Florian Fricke, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow, 2006-2011
Professor of Nutrigenomics, Institute of Biological Chemistry and Nutrition, University of Hohenheim, Germany

Mark Eppinger, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow, 2006-2012 
Assistant Professor, University of Texas San Antonio, Department of Biology

Rebecca Brotman, PhD, MPH - Postdoctoral Fellow, 2007-2009
Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Institute for Genome Sciences

Joyce Sakamoto, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow, 2009-2011
Research Associate, Penn State University, Department of Entomology

Guoyun Bai, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow, 2009-20012
Principal Scientist, Pzifer Inc., Groton, CT.

Bing Ma, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow, 2011-2014
Research Associate, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Institute for Genome Sciences

Elisabeth Neuendorf - Graduate Student, 2011-2015
Senior Research Biologist, American Type Culture Collection, Manassas, VA