Our Team

The research team at Texas Children's Microbiome Center explores how beneficial microbes can promote health, relieve disease, and prevent illness. As a team of scientists, we seek to understand the nature of the gut microbiome and molecular mechanisms of probiosis in pediatric intestinal biology. Our aim is to improve the global health of children by focusing on early gut development and chronic intestinal disorders of childhood such as inflammatory bowel disease and recurrent abdominal pain.

Director, Texas Children's Microbiome Center

Dr. Versalovic serves as Pathologist-In-Chief at Texas Children’s Hospital and Director of Texas Children’s Microbiome Center. He is the Milton J. Finegold Professor and Vice Chair of Pathology & Immunology at Baylor College of Medicine.  He also is Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics,... Read more

Address: 1102 Bates Avenue Feigin Tower, Suite 830 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-824-3710

Director, Metabolomics Core

Dr. Devaraj’s major research interests are atherosclerosis, inflammation, oxidative stress, antioxidants and diabetes and nutritional modulation of risk factors for heart disease.  She is a Board certified clinical chemist. Her focus has been on investigating molecular and biochemical pathways... Read more

Address: 6621 Fannin Street Suite WB1100 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-824-5152

Research Associate

Xinpu Chen, PhD



Scientist, Microbial Genetics & Genomics

Dr. Spinler is interested in microbial genetics and genomics within the context of the Texas Children’s Microbiome Center.  Her efforts are focused on characterizing the molecular mechanisms employed by probiotic bacteria to enhance human health and immunity within the gastrointestinal tract.... Read more

Address: 1102 Bates Avenue Feigin Tower, Suite 830 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-824-3710

Research Assistant I

Amrita Sontakke, MS



Clinical Microbiologist, Biobank Coordinator

Milena Pitashny, MD



Research Technician II

Emily Kim



Mona Pajwani



Director, Sequencing Core

Dr. Luna focuses on research and development of real-time PCR and next generation sequencing technologies for application in microbial metagenomics. Dr. Luna holds an interest in clinical study design as well as correlation of shifts in the microbiome with changes in disease state. She is also... Read more

Address: 1102 Bates Avenue Feigin Tower, Suite 830 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-824-3710

Research Coordinator II

Michelle Rubio-Gonzales



Research Assistant II

Jessica Runge, MB (ASCP)



Yue "Moon" Shang, MS



Senior Bioinformatics Analyst

Kevin Riehle, MS



Senior Biostatistician

Toni-Ann Mistretta, PhD



Bioinformatics Analyst II

Sabeen Raza, MS



Basic Research

Versalovic Laboratory