Navil  Perez

Navil Perez

Scholar Title

MIT Microbiome Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar

Research Title

Mucus as a Regulator of Microbial Interactions in the Human Microbiome




Biological Engineering

Research Areas
  • Biological and Medical Devices and Systems

Katharina Ribbeck


Cellular interactions within microbial communities
Efforts have been made to create a blueprint of the human microbiome by characterizing the microbial populations ubiquitous to each part of the human body. A significant amount of progress has been made in cataloging the microbiome; however cellular interactions within these microbial communities have remained largely unexplored. This research will investigate how host induced factors mainly mucus affect quorum sensing cellular communication. Breakthroughs in understanding the role mucus plays in pacifying microbe-microbe competition can allow us to exploit mucus in the development of novel infection therapeutics.


My first experience with laboratory biology was an introduction to the microbiome. I have since remained fascinated by the magnitude of the effects of these microscopic organisms can have on human health. Today I am happy to study how the host environment modulates interactions among the organisms comprising the microbiome.

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