Travis is an MD-PhD student in the Shalek Lab pursuing an MD in HST and a PhD in the Harvard Immunology program. He is broadly interested in developing and applying single-cell technologies to understand cellular ecology in health and disease. Current projects include developing improvements and extensions of the Seq-Well platform, and he is working on a large project aimed to understand the cellular ecology of M. tuberculosis granulomas.
Travis is a native of Oklahoma and did his undergraduate work in Biology at Oklahoma Christian University. During college, he co-founded a non-profit organization called Wishing Well, which raises money for water projects. After graduation, he spent time working on international development projects in Rwanda and Uganda before returning to Oklahoma to begin work in the lab of Amr Sawalha at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. Travis obtained a MPH in Epidemiology and International Health at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Prior to coming to HMS and MIT, he spent an additional year in the lab working on autoimmune genetics, while simultaneously working as a live-in caregiver for a man living with multiple sclerosis. In his spare time, Travis enjoys reading, sailing, amateur mixology, pottery, and analog photography.