In The Spotlight
Sasha F. Levy, Ph.D – Assistant Professor
Sasha Levy earned his bachelor’s degree from University of California at Berkeley and his PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara. As a postdoctoral fellow at New York University in the lab of Mark Siegal, Sasha developed high-throughput imaging platforms to study robustness and bet-hedging in microbes. He then worked as a research scientist in the lab of Gavin Sherlock at Stanford University to study the evolutionary dynamics of large microbial populations. He joined Stony Brook University in November as a Marsha Laufer Assistant Professor in the Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology and the Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology.
Sasha's lab will develop technologies using random DNA barcodes and next-generation sequencing to simultaneously study the behavior of millions of small lineages in large cell populations. He will use these powerful tools to understand how cell populations, such as microbial pathogens or cancer, evolve pathogenicity and drug resistance. His lab will also combine random DNA barcode technologies with yeast genetics tools to develop an interaction sequencing platform that will assay millions of genetic and protein-protein interactions in parallel. The lab will use these tools to study how cellular networks change across environments or genotypes. More information can be found on the lab website.