Hi there, I'm Kristen.
It's nice to meet you.
About me


The professional-sounding ones, at least.

Global Health

Host-microbe Interactions


I became a microbiologist because I was fascinated by the intricate relationships between pathogens and their hosts. Eukaryotic parasites are my first love, but I’ve spent my PhD studying the commensal organisms that live in our gastrointestinal tracts, a community called the gut microbiota. Much of the work in this field has focused on the role of the microbiota in conditions that primarily impact high income countries, such as obesity, allergies, and inflammatory bowel diseases. But recent work suggests this community of beneficial microbes is critical to the health of people in the developing world as well. There is a tremendous opportunity to impact global health by expanding our understanding of the microbiota to topics that predominately affect low income countries, such as vaccine efficacy, malnutrition, and environmental enteropathy.

Moving forward, I hope to combine my microbiology experience and my passion for design that facilitates effective scientific communication in a role that advances research on infectious diseases prevalent in the developing world.


What I've been up to for the last decade.

Diet + microbiota localization

PhD Research

Designing better health

d.school projects

Talks + presentations

Public speaking and outreach

Curriculum vitae

Making my way around the U.S., one research position at a time.

  • 2003-2007

    Tufts University
    B.A. Biology

    Undergraduate research, Romero lab
    Senior honors thesis
    Captivity alters physiological parameters in Alectoris chuckar
    Paula Frazier Poskitt Scholarship
    Carpenter Fellowship (summer research grant)

  • 2007-2009

    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease

    Intramural Research Training Award, Desai lab
    Proteomics-based study of erythrocyte remodeling by human malarial parasite, Plasmodium falciparum

  • 2009-2015

    Stanford University
    PhD Microbiology + Immunology

    PhD research, Sonnenburg lab
    Stanford Graduate Fellowship
    NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

  • August 2015


    We're moving to Seattle and I'm interested in opportunities in the biotech, biomedical research, and non-profit sectors.

Contact me

If you have any questions, I'd be happy to hear from you!

Kristen Earle

This is me.