Jonathan Runstadler

Jon Runstadler - Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Engineering and the Division of Comparative Medicine.

I was born and raised in New England and developed fond memories of the Boston Marathon and the Patriot’s Day activities as a rite of spring. Prior to coming to MIT in the fall of 2011, I was a faculty member at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Before Alaska, my wife, Alexis, and I lived in Davis, California, where our two children, Ethan (13) and Verena (10) were born and I trained as a veterinarian (DVM) and geneticist (PhD) at the University of California, Davis. My research group at MIT is working to understand viral evolution and the threat of animal influenza viruses to human public health, aiming to develop innovative ways to understand, monitor, prevent and treat infection.

I began running regularly in 2008 while in Alaska as a way to stay active and healthy and completed the Fairbanks Equinox Marathon on my 42nd birthday in 2010. While away from New England for the last 17 years, Marathon day in Boston served as a reminder of New England and home. Last year, our family was thrilled to be able to watch the Marathon in person from mile 21 and we drove home passing near the finish line moments before the tragic events began to unfold. It is a great privilege for me and I am very excited to now run the Marathon for the first time this year with Team MIT Strong. Our team’s effort is dedicated to raising money for the Collier Memorial Fund at MIT, which honors and remembers Officer Collier by supporting scholarships, and other causes that embody the character and qualities he exhibited as a member of the MIT community.

Please help me reach my own and our team’s fundraising goals with your tax-deductible donation.

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Way to Go

Hi Jon,

Good for you, this is a wonderful cause.  I won't be there physically this year, but I will certainly be running along in spirit.  Have fun.

Thank you for running!

Hello Jon,

I just found out that you are running the Boston Marathon this year. Thank you very much for running for the Collier Memorial Fund at MIT. Sean was in my graduating class from high school, so it was a difficult loss on many levels. It means a lot to see so many people from the MIT community joining together in his honor and in honor of all those who were tragically affected by last year's events. Thank you for bringing the MIT spirit to the marathon this year. We'll all be cheering for you!


Jennifer Earls