Shumin Tan, PhD


Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology & Microbiology



AB, Biology, Washington University in St Louis
PhD, Microbiology & Immunology, Stanford University
Postdoctoral Training, Cornell University


Campus: Boston
Office: Jaharis 419
Laboratory: Jaharis 425

Contact Information

Office Phone: 617-636-3731
Lab Phone: 617-636-3597
E-mail: Send an e-mail


Research Web Site  Lab Research Page
Recent Publications 

Graduate Programs

Molecular Microbiology 


Research Synopsis

The overall theme of our research centers on understanding how the pathogenic bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) exploits environmental cues to survive and grow in its host. What host environmental signals serve as cues for Mtb in determining its location in the host? How are these cues sensed and responded to? How do these responses enable Mtb to usurp or modify host processes to create a replicative niche for itself? In addition, we are interested in the basis and impact on infection outcome of the marked heterogeneity observed during Mtb infection, particularly with respect to environmental cues. We explore these questions using macrophage and murine infection models, and novel fluorescent reporter Mtb strains that allow mechanistic studies in vitro, and that facilitate studies of Mtb responses in vivo at the level of the single bacterium.


Lab Members

Calvin Johnson, Research Technician Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Nate MacGilvary, Research Technician Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page

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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

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research