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


High-throughput Cryo-ET in the Liu Lab at Yale
July 7, 2022
Postdoctoral positions are available in the Liu lab in the Microbial Sciences Institute at Yale University to participate in cutting-edge research using cryo-ET technology to...
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...
March 24, 2022
Scientists at Yale’s Microbial Sciences Institute have taken an important step in our understanding of how infection alters proteins in a way that promotes tumor growth. A...
Andrew Goodman
February 15, 2022
65 Fellows - including Yale Microbial Sciences Institute Professor Andrew Goodman - Elected into the American Academy of Microbiology Washington, DC – February 15, 2022 – In...
Nikhil Malvankar
January 28, 2022
Nikhil Malvankar, a member of the  Microbial Sciences Institute, has been promoted to Associate Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale School of Medicine...
High-throughput Cryo-ET
November 6, 2021
Postdoctoral positions are available in the Liu lab in the Microbial Sciences Institute at Yale University to participate in research focused on the structural mechanisms of...
Bacterial hairs power nature’s electric grid. (Image credit: Ella Maru Studio)
September 1, 2021
A hair-like protein hidden inside bacteria serves as a sort of on-off switch for nature’s “electric grid,” a global web of bacteria-generated nanowires that permeates all...
September 1, 2021
Yale Microbial Sciences Institute is proud to support BlackInMicroWeek2021. #BiM2021 https://t.co/2dl1v85p1X — Andy Goodman (@Goodman_lab) September 2, 2021