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


Boosting survival of a beneficial bacterium in the human gut
March 17, 2023
The microbes that inhabit the gut are critical for human health, and understanding the factors that encourage the growth of beneficial bacterial species — known as “good”...
Malvankar Interview Biophysical Society TV
March 10, 2023
Nikhil Malvankar, a member of the  Microbial Sciences Institute and Associate Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale School of Medicine, was interviewed...
EMBO J. 2022 Dec. Gut colonization by Bacteroides requires translation by an EF-G paralog lacking GTPase activity.
January 10, 2023
A postdoctoral position is available in the Groisman Lab in the Microbial Sciences Institute at Yale University to investigate novel molecular mechanisms promoting fitness of...
High-throughput Cryo-ET in the Liu Lab at Yale
December 28, 2022
High-throughput Cryo-ET in the Liu Lab at Yale Postdoctoral positions are available in the Liu lab in the Microbial Sciences Institute at Yale University to participate in...
Yale Microbial Sciences Institute
December 22, 2022
Faculty Position Q&A Sessions We held live Q&A sessions to answer questions about faculty positions in the Yale Microbial Sciences Institute (MSI). Please view the...
December 2, 2022
A generous donation has brought together an interdisciplinary group of Yale researchers to examine how the microbiome affects BRCA-related cancers. Andrew Goodman, the...
Helicobacter pylori medical illustration
November 9, 2022
A nutrient that is common in the human diet has been found to aid the survival of a cancer-causing bacterium, a new Yale study finds. The findings could reveal an important...
MSI Postdoc Retreat 2022
May 24, 2022
Microbial Sciences Institute postdocs and research scientists had a great day at Mystic Aquarium for our MSI Postdoc Retreat 2022. Thanks to our guests for the eye-opening...
Eduardo Groisman
April 30, 2022
Professor Eduardo Groisman, of the Yale Microbial Sciences Institute and Yale School of Medicine Department of Microbial Pathogenesis, has been elected a new member of the...
An image of FliL as seen with cryo-electron tomography by Jun Liu Lab
March 31, 2022
When pathogens invade a human host, they need maximum ability to move through the body as they navigate adverse environments and cause infection. Their ability to drill...