Arjun Raman

Assistant Professor
Research Summary
Biological systems are thought to be exceedingly 'complex'--comprised of many parts and sets of unintuitive interactions between parts conferring system function. My lab is interested in elucidating principles of structure, function, and adaptability relationships with the ultimate goals of (i) characterizing 'personalized' variation in biological systems with high-fidelity, (ii) creating tools to genetically engineer variation in a rational way, and (iii) engineering natural-like, adaptive systems de novo. We use a blend of theory, computation, and experiment applied to a range of model systems spanning neural networks to electronic health record data to complex ecosystems inhabiting humans in addressing these concepts.
Genomics, Systems Biology, Microbiome, Genetics, Neural Networks (Computer), Statistical Data Analysis
  • University of Chicago, Chicago, B.A. Physics 06/2008
  • University of Chicago, Chicago, B.S. Chemistry (Honors) 06/2008
  • University of Texas at Southwestern, Dallas, M.D. Medicine 06/2017
  • University of Texas at Southwestern, Dallas, Ph.D. Molecular Biophysics 06/2017
  • Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Clinical Pathology 06/2020
Biosciences Graduate Program Association
  1. Delannoy-Bruno O, Desai C, Raman AS, Chen RY, Hibberd MC, Cheng J, Han N, Castillo JJ, Couture G, Lebrilla CB, Barve RA, Lombard V, Henrissat B, Leyn SA, Rodionov DA, Osterman AL, Hayashi DK, Meynier A, Vinoy S, Kirbach K, Wilmot T, Heath AC, Klein S, Barratt MJ, Gordon JI. Evaluating microbiome-directed fibre snacks in gnotobiotic mice and humans. Nature. 2021 07; 595(7865):91-95. View in: PubMed

  2. Chen RY, Mostafa I, Hibberd MC, Das S, Mahfuz M, Naila NN, Islam MM, Huq S, Alam MA, Zaman MU, Raman AS, Webber D, Zhou C, Sundaresan V, Ahsan K, Meier MF, Barratt MJ, Ahmed T, Gordon JI. A Microbiota-Directed Food Intervention for Undernourished Children. N Engl J Med. 2021 04 22; 384(16):1517-1528. View in: PubMed

  3. Bode L, Raman AS, Murch SH, Rollins NC, Gordon JI. Understanding the mother-breastmilk-infant "triad". Science. 2020 03 06; 367(6482):1070-1072. View in: PubMed

  4. Feng L, Raman AS, Hibberd MC, Cheng J, Griffin NW, Peng Y, Leyn SA, Rodionov DA, Osterman AL, Gordon JI. Identifying determinants of bacterial fitness in a model of human gut microbial succession. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2020 02 04; 117(5):2622-2633. View in: PubMed

  5. Raman AS, Gehrig JL, Venkatesh S, Chang HW, Hibberd MC, Subramanian S, Kang G, Bessong PO, Lima AAM, Kosek MN, Petri WA, Rodionov DA, Arzamasov AA, Leyn SA, Osterman AL, Huq S, Mostafa I, Islam M, Mahfuz M, Haque R, Ahmed T, Barratt MJ, Gordon JI. A sparse covarying unit that describes healthy and impaired human gut microbiota development. Science. 2019 07 12; 365(6449). View in: PubMed

  6. Raman AS, White KI, Ranganathan R. Origins of Allostery and Evolvability in Proteins: A Case Study. Cell. 2016 Jul 14; 166(2):468-480. View in: PubMed

  7. McLaughlin RN, Poelwijk FJ, Raman A, Gosal WS, Ranganathan R. The spatial architecture of protein function and adaptation. Nature. 2012 Nov 01; 491(7422):138-42. View in: PubMed