Joan Mecsas


Joan Mecsas
Home Town
Lincoln, MA
Prior Degrees

Swarthmore College, BA, Biochemistry
University of Wisconsin-Madison, PhD, Cellular and Molecular Biology

Sackler Program(s)
Immunology, Microbiology

What is the ultimate goal of your research?

To understand how bacterial pathogens manipulate host defenses to establish infections.

What excites you about your research?

Learning new things about the interplay between bacterial pathogens and mammalian immune defenses. Watching students start testing a hypothesis and develop it over the years often in unanticipated directions.

What do you like best about Sackler students?

Their enthusiasm and commitment to each other and their programs.

What qualities distinguish the Sackler School from other graduate schools?

Faculty are very collaborative with each other and interactive with students and post-docs from other labs.

What do you do to relax?

Reading, gardening, yoga, hiking

What is your favorite Boston restaurant?

Les Zygomates

Apply to the Sackler School


The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development