Aaron Lin is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Program in Virology at Harvard University, under the advisorship of Pardis Sabeti. His main focus is to gain insight into host-virus interactions through the use of experimental and computational approaches. His work draws upon Lassa and Ebola virus sequencing data as well as host transcriptomic data in response to infection. He hopes to someday merge virology with systems biology. His work is currently supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
Previously, Aaron graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with an A.B. in Molecular Biology in 2013. There, he conducted research in the lab of Ileana Cristea, studying protein-protein interactions by mass spectrometry during the herpesvirus life cycle. He demonstrated the first instance of a viral E3 ubiquitin ligase targeting a viral protein for proteasome-mediated degradation. He has also performed research in the lab of Mark Davis at Stanford University, studying T cell receptor binding affinities and the T cell response to influenza vaccination.