Donia Lab Members


Principal Investigator

 Mohamed S. Donia
Mohamed S. Abou Donia
Principal Investigator
Research Interest:  Small-molecule-mediated interactions in complex microbial communities

Postdoctoral Fellows

Pranatchareeya Chankhamjon
Postdoctorate Fellow
Bio: I recieved my PhD in natural product chemistry from Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany. I am interested in metabolite profiling, structure elucidation and biosynthesis of small molecules. In the Donia lab, I am highly interested in secondary metabolism of human gut microbiome. In my free time, I plays violin, practices yoga and sports. I am fascinated with cooking, painting and jewelry designs.

Yuki Sugimoto
Postdoctorate Fellow

Maria Diarey Tianero
Postdoctorate Fellow
Bio: I trained in marine natural products isolation and structure elucidation at the University of the Philippines with Giselle Concepcion and at the University of Ryukyus in Okinawa with Junichi Tanaka. For my PhD research I studied biosynthesis and natural products engineering at the University of Utah in the laboratory of Eric Schmidt. My research in the Donia lab is focused on small molecules from marine invertebrates and the human microbiome.

Jindong Zan
Postdoctorate Fellow
Bio: I received my PhD in Molecular Microbiology from University of Maryland, College Park in 2013. In my spare time, I like to watch movies, read history books,and hike.

Graduate Students

Jared Balaich
Mol Bio Graduate Student
Bio:  I grew up in Colorado and received a B.S. from Brigham Young University in microbial genetics in 2013. In 2015 I received my M.S. degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health after researching a natural product that inhibited the transmission and development of the malaria parasite. In the Donia lab I am interested in researching human microbiota derived small molecules that impact human health. My hobbies include backpacking in the mountains, photography, videogames, playing sports, cheering on the Denver Broncos and losing to my wife in fantasy football every year.

Francine Camacho
QCB Graduate Student
Bio:  I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. I recieved my B.A. in Bioinformatics from Wheaton College, MA. I am interested in developing computational tools to analyze large metagenomic data. During my free time, I enjoy playing sports, binge watching Netflix and dancing.

Undergraduate Students

Audrey Abend
Bio:  I am a senior, working as an undergraduate researcher in the Donia lab, majoring in Molecule Biology and on the pre-health track at Princeton University. I am currently studying the potential antimicrobial properties of the secondary molecules in the microbiome of a marine bacterium, with the help of my mentor, Dr. Jindong Zan.

Allison Chang
Bio:  I grew up in Saratoga, California and am a member of the Princeton University undergraduate Class of 2018, pursuing a Bachelors of Science and Engineering in Computer Science. I am interested in applying computational techniques to human metagenomic data. In my free time, I enjoy dancing, singing, reading, and watching Netflix/Youtube videos.

Arman Odabas

Lab Manager

Seema Chatterjee
Lab Manager

Administrative Assistant

Anna Schmedel
Faculty Assistant


Phoebe Huang '16 Princeton Undergraduate Student NIH
Christian ShemaMugisha Summer Undergraduate Student California Baptist University '17