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Nikki Burgher in the lab wearing safety glasses.

The toxic chemicals all around us

As part of the MIT Superfund Research Program, Nicolette Bugher is working to expose the poisons lurking in our environment and discover what they mean for human health. Nicolette Bugher has just given up on a […]

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Otto Cordero sits on an outdoor black metal staircase with buildings and car in background.

In search of the principles of life

Associate Professor Otto Cordero is looking for the fundamental constraints that shape microbial ecosystems. MIT Associate Professor Otto Cordero has always gravitated toward the most basic questions of life. How do ecosystems assemble? Why do species […]

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Katya Boukin wearing a pink button up shirt

Studying floods to better predict their dangers

A fourth-generation civil engineer, graduate student Katerina Boukin researches the growing yet misunderstood threat of pluvial flooding, including flash floods. “My job is basically flooding Cambridge,” says Katerina “Katya” Boukin, a graduate student in civil and environmental […]

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