Markus Covert, Ph.D.

Markus Covert is currently an Associate Professor at Stanford University. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University, followed by M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioengineering and Bioinformatics from UCSD, and postdoctoral studies at Caltech.  Leveraging his computational and experimental training, Covert's research focuses on integrating cutting-edge computational modeling methods together with experimental techniques to better understand complex cellular behaviors. He is best known for constructing the first "whole-cell" computational model, which explicitly represents all of the known gene functions and molecules in Mycoplasma genitalium. Reported in The New York Times, BBC World News, Scientific American and hundreds of other media outlets worldwide, this work was also recently cited by Cell as one of the most exciting developments reported during the 40-year history of that journal. In addition, Dr. Covert's lab has generated several new exciting experimental techniques to measure and analyze the behaviors of individual cells.  Dr. Covert's work has received several awards, including an NIH Pathway to Independence Award (2007), NIH Director's Pioneer Award (2009), and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Distinguished Investigator Award (2013).

The Covert Lab


Kimberly Chin - Admin

Inbal Maayan - Lab Manager

Arin Melkonian - Research Assistant

Angela Barth - Research Associate


Keara Lane

Eran Agmon

Graduate Students

John Mason

Takamasa Kudo
Katie Bodner

Heejo Choi
Mialy DeFelice

Travis Horst

Stevan Jeknic



Nicholas Quach


Derek Macklin

Nicholas Ruggero

David Van Valen

Javier Carrera

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