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

Director, Microbial Sciences Institute

C.N.H. Long Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis


Anna Seminara
April 1, 2021
Anna Seminara, a graduate student in the Yale Biological and Biomedical Sciences (Class of 2025) and member of the Microbial Sciences Institute and Hatzios lab, has received...
Yale Microbial Sciences Institute
January 6, 2021
The Microbial Sciences Institute (MSI) at Yale University, in partnership with the departments of Microbial Pathogenesis; Immunobiology, Cellular and Molecular Physiology;...
electrical wires
December 29, 2020
The simple act of breathing is among the most familiar ways we convert nutrients to energy – inhaling molecules of oxygen and harmlessly breathing out unwanted material. But...
Stavroula Hatzios
November 13, 2020
Stavroula Hatzios, a faculty member at the Yale Microbial Sciences Institute, has received a “Conquer Cancer Now” Award from the Concern Foundation. The two-year grant will...
November 13, 2020
Stavroula Hatzios, a faculty member at the Yale Microbial Sciences Institute, has received a “Conquer Cancer Now” Award from the Concern Foundation. The two-year grant will...
Twitter @blackinmicro
September 29, 2020
The Microbial Sciences Institute at Yale West Campus is proud to support and serve as a sponsor of Black in Microbiology, an essential forum for the discussion of racial...
Liu Lab Cryo-EM 3D Model
September 11, 2020
Scientists at Yale have unlocked a 50-year puzzle of how certain bacteria spread harmful disease. Published today in Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, scholars from...
Sarah Prophet, Nick Huston, Marisa Michalchik, Seth Lyon, Vishok Srikanth
September 10, 2020
The 2019-20 Awards for Outstanding Teaching Fellow in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale School of Medicine have been announced by the Graduate Education Committee...
Illustration by Ella Maru Studio
August 17, 2020
The ocean floor and the ground beneath our feet are riddled with tiny nanowires — 1/100,000 the width of a human hair — created by billions of bacteria that can generate...
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...