Joey Davis

Assistant Professor | CV | jhdavis[at]mit

Having worked in Bob Sauer's group as a Ph.D. student, I'm thrilled to return to MIT to start my lab. After graduating, I was the first employee at Ginkgo BioWorks, a local synthetic biology startup company and later was a post-doc in San Diego where I was jointly advised by Jamie Williamson and Malene Hansen. I'm excited to be back in Boston and look forward to watching our group grow!


Gina Lee

Administrative Assistant | GinaLee[at]mit

Gina comes to the Davis lab with extensive experience as an administrative assistant as well as a bachelor's degree in Biology. Gina keeps the lab running smoothly and coordinates all of our finances; we're thrilled to have her as part of the lab.



Ellen Zhong

Graduate Student | zhonge[at]mit

Ellen worked at D.E. Shaw Research before coming to MIT to learn some experimental biology. She is currently developing computational methods to determine structures of highly heterogeneous assembly intermediates by single particle cryo-electron microscopy. Ellen is a recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.


Bertina Telusma

Graduate Student | btelusma[at]mit

Bertina started her research career at MIT in the Bell lab as an HHMI EXROP student. In the Davis lab, Bertina is now working to measure autophagic flux using pulse-labeling mass spectrometry in yeast, with the goal to extend this methodology to other organisms.


Samantha Webster

Graduate Student | Sweb[at]mit

Sam completed her undergraduate training at CU Boulder in Rob Batey's group. When she's not backcountry skiing in Colorado, Sam applies biochemical and structural approaches to understand autophagic substrate targeting. Sam was recently awarded the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

Andrew Grassetti

Postdoctoral scholar | Setti[at]mit

As a graduate student in Scott Gerber’s lab at Dartmouth College, Andrew developed and applied proteomics techniques in order to better understand the mammalian cell cycle. Currently, he is investigating the role of protein phosphorylation in autophagy, both mechanistically, using biochemical and structural methods, and at a systems level, through the use of mass spectrometry based phosphoproteomics.



Laurel Kinman

Graduate Student | Lkinman[at]mit

Laurel did her undergraduate research at Wellesley in Louise Darling's lab. Too much in love with New England autumns to consider leaving Boston, she came straight to MIT and the Davis lab, where she is now studying assembly of the autophagy initiation complex in yeast using pulse-labeling mass spec and cryo-EM.

April Lee

Graduate Student | AprilLee[at]mit

April completed her undergraduate training at Cornell University in Joshua Chappie's group studying protein crystallography. In the Davis lab, she is currently working to understand the mechanisms behind selective autophagy through structural and biochemical techniques.



Barrett Powell

Graduate Student | bmp[at]mit

Barrett completed his undergraduate training at Swarthmore College in Liliya Yatsunyk’s lab. He is currently studying membrane trafficking and fusion during autophagy initiation through a combination of biochemical, structural, and mass spectrometry-based proteomics approaches.


davis lab mascot | ruff[at]

Hana is primarily focused on carrots. And sticks. She loves sticks.



  • Victoria Hernandez - Spring 2018 rotation student, MIT Biology Program. Gerardo joined the Schwartz Lab.

  • Gerardo Perez Goncalves - Spring 2018 rotation student, MIT Biology Program. Gerardo joined the Drennan Lab.

  • Matthew Ellison - Spring 2017 UROP student, MIT Mathematics undergraduate student.

  • Victor Reyes - Spring 2017 UROP student, MIT Computer Science undergraduate student.

  • Sebastian Coupe - Spring 2017 rotation student, MIT Biology program. Sebastian joined the Fakhri Lab.

  • Meghann Kasal - Spring 2017 rotation student, MIT Biology program. Meghann joined the Baker Lab.

  • Talya Levitz - Spring 2017 rotation student, MIT Biology program. Talya joined the Drennan Lab.

  • Alyssa Anderson - Spring 2017 rotation student, MIT Biology program. Alyssa joined the Imperiali Lab.

  • Avi Singer - Spring 2017 rotation student, MIT Biology program. Avi joined the Keating Lab.


  • Daniel Ramirez Montero - Master’s student 2018-2019. Daniel is currently pursuing a PhD in Physics at TU Delft in the Netherlands.

  • Osvaldo Cruz-Rodríguez - Postdoc 2017-2019. Osvaldo is currently a senior scientist at AbbVie.

  • Gus Sanchez - Lab technician 2017-2018. Gus is currently pursuing a career in public policy.