Heads of House

Interim Heads of House: Troy and Laura Littleton (2021-2022 Academic Year)

Laura and Troy will serve as Heads of House for the upcoming year while Dave and Claudia are on sabbatical.

Laura grew up in New Orleans and earned her Bachelor’s degree in education at LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After graduation, Laura taught elementary school for 10 years before her son Ryan was born. As a stay at home mom, Laura continued to work in preschool education and serve as a volunteer in various service positions since moving to Massachusetts.

Laura enjoys cooking, crafting, puzzles, binging on her favorite shows and cheering on her hometown New Orleans Saints. 

Troy grew up in North Louisiana and met Laura at LSU, where the couple wed after graduation and celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary this year. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from LSU and went to Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in the MSTP program, earning his MD/PhD degree. After postdoctoral training at the Univ. of Wisconsin, Troy joined the MIT faculty in 2000 in the Biology and Brain and Cognitive Sciences Departments and the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory. Troy runs MIT’s Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience (MCN) Graduate Program and serves as a 1st year graduate advisor in the Biology Department. Research in the Littleton lab examines how synaptic connections form and mediate communication between neurons in the brain.

Troy enjoys sports, video games, and poker. He’s also a New England Patriots SuperFan, which can create some marital tension when they play the Saints! 

Troy and Laura have one son. Ryan graduated from Champlain College in May 2021 with a Bachelor’s degree in Game Design. Ryan is an avid video game player and programmer, and loves board games, anime and reading. Ryan will be staying with Troy and Laura at the Warehouse until he transitions to a full-time in person game design position.

They also have a geriatric cocker spaniel, Gracie, who was a former frisbee star, but now at 15 enjoys a simpler life of naps, rolling in the grass and lots of attention.

Heads of House: Claudia and Dave Darmofal (On Sabbatical 2021-2022 Academic Year)

Claudia and Dave are on sabbatical as of end of June 2021 and will be returning in Summer 2022.

Clauda and Dave have been Warehouse Heads of House since August 2017.

Claudia grew up in the suburbs of Detroit and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from James Madison College of Michigan State University and obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit School of Law.   She has concentrated her practice in the areas of estate planning and estate administration.  In 2018, she joined Eckert Byrne LLC in Cambridge, MA as a paralegal. 

Claudia enjoys traveling, cooking, and enthusiastically rooting for the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox. 

Dave also grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, but did not meet Claudia until graduate school.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan, and his Master’s and PhD from MIT.  He joined the MIT faculty in 1998.  His interests include computational fluid dynamics; aerodynamics; and, improving engineering education.  He teaches a variety of courses in fluid dynamics and numerical methods at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

Dave enjoys playing music (piano, guitar, and singing), cooking, jogging, hiking, fishing, and sailing.  And, he is also a huge New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox fan!  

Dave and Claudia have two daughters.  Madison graduated from MIT in 2019 and is a now a doctoral student in the Tri-Institutional PhD Program in Computational Biology and Medicine of Weill Cornell Graduate School in New York City. Abigail graduated from the University of Michigan in 2020 in computer science, and she is now working at Bank of America and also living in New York City.

They also have a young German Short-haired Pointer, Cooper, who enjoys playing fetch, watching birds and animals, and going for canoe rides.


The entire family.  May 2020.

The real MIT "Coop".  July 2020.