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


Alvaro Sanchez MSI
July 20, 2021
Junior faculty member in Yale’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) receives Greer Prize Alvaro Sanchez (Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology) Alvaro Sanchez has...
June 7, 2021
Yale researchers across a range of disciplines are coming together to explore the important role of microbial metabolites in our microbiota – the trillions of bacterial cells...
Shuaiqi (Phil) Guo
June 3, 2021
Shuaiqi (Phil) Guo, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the Liu Lab and member of the Microbial Sciences Institute, has received a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)...
May 13, 2021
Humans have been harnessing microbial activity since our earliest efforts to turn barley into beer or grapes into wine. But beyond the ecological theories at the heart of...
Nikhil Malvankar
May 1, 2021
Nikhil Malvankar, Assistant Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and member of the  Microbial Sciences Institute, has been named a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-...
Catharine Shipps
April 25, 2021
Catharine Shipps, a fourth-year Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry (MB&B) student in the Malvankar Lab at the Microbial Sciences Institute, has been awarded the 2021...
Ronald Hood
April 19, 2021
Ronald Hood, a Yale College junior, has been awarded the prestigious national Goldwater Scholarship. Hood is majoring in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and is a member...
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;...
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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...