Microbial Sciences Institute

Director’s Welcome

Thank you for your interest in the Microbial Sciences Institute (MSI).

We live in a world of bacteria, viruses, and other microbes. Infectious diseases shape human history and present critical challenges around the world. We’re beginning to appreciate how the enormous microbial communities in our gut microbiome and elsewhere can determine our health, susceptibility to disease, and response to treatment. Microbes provide the chemical diversity that is the foundation of modern medicine and many industrial processes, control the world’s climate and food supply, and continue to reveal fundamental processes in molecular biology, ecology, and evolution.

The MSI, located at Yale West Campus, provides a central hub where students and faculty bring diverse perspectives and expertise to push the boundaries of microbiology. The institute promotes interaction and collaboration through regular seminars from lab members and international leaders in microbiology, off-site retreats, and informal discussions among evolutionary biologists, biophysicists, chemists, geneticists, and others focused on understanding the microbial world.

I hope you enjoy our website. Please explore MSI research and MSI news and visit often for updates.



Andrew Goodman, PhD

C.N.H. Long Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis

Director, Microbial Sciences Institute


July 24, 2020
From the creation of a single droplet to the flow of a river and the world’s hydrological cycle, how water binds together, and to different surfaces, has far-reaching...
Stavroula Hatzios
June 12, 2020
Stavroula Hatzios, assistant professor in the departments of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and of Chemistry, is one of 10 scientists nationally to be named a...
MSI - Maia Baskerville
May 22, 2020
Congratulations to the organizers and presenters of the second annual All Points West symposium on a wonderfully successful series of virtual events. Our particular...