Polz Lab
Microbial Ecology and Evolution
R.M. Parsons Laboratory
Environmental Science and Engineering

David VanInsberghe

Graduate Student

Research Interests

Microbial population ecology

Medical and environmental genomics


Graduate student, Microbiology Program, MIT, 2013 – present

B.Sc. Microbiology and Immunology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 2008 – 2012


  1. Strachan C.R. *, Singha R.*, VanInsberghe D.*, Ievdokymenko K., Budwilld K., Mohn W.W., Eltis L.D., Hallam S.J. 2014. Metagenomic scaffolds enable combinatorial lignin transformation. PNAS. doi:10.1073/pnas.1401631111
  2. VanInsberghe D., Hartmann M, Stewart GR, Mohn WW. 2013. Isolation of a substantial proportion of the bacterial community detected via pyrotag sequencing in forest soils. AEM. 79(6):2096-8.
  3. Hartmann M., Howes C.G., VanInsberghe D., Yu H., Bachar D., Christen R., Nilsson R.H., Hallam S.J., Mohn W.W. 2012. Significant and persistent impact of timber harvesting on soil microbial communities in Northern coniferous forests. ISME J. 6: 2199-2218.