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

Chair, Microbial Pathogenesis

C.N.H. Long Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis



PhD Candidates
April 22, 2024
We are pleased to announce that two members of the Yale Microbial Sciences Institute will soon receive a Ph.D. in Microbiology, a track within the Yale Combined Program in...
Bacterial nanowires
March 20, 2024
How do cells put electrons to rest? Using a minimal pathway to get rid of excess metabolic electrons, diverse environmentally important microbes overcome large spatial,...
Malvankar lab - nanowires
March 11, 2024
Live Wires Living things generate electrons as a byproduct of metabolism. As humans, we get rid of excess electrons through breathing in oxygen. But not all living things...
Andrew Goodman
February 26, 2024
February 26, 2024     Fourteen members of the Yale School of Medicine (YSM) and Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) faculties have been elected to the...
Stavroula Hatzios
February 22, 2024
ACS Infectious Diseases has announced its inaugural Early Career Board (ECB). The Microbial Sciences Institute’s Stavroula Hatzios, associate professor of molecular,...
Top row from left, Eduardo Dávila, Stavroula Hatzios, and Ryota Iijima. Bottom row from left, Junliang Shen and Zhou Fan.
February 20, 2024
Yale’s Eduardo Dávila, Zhou Fan, Stavroula Hatzios, Ryota Iijima, and Junliang Shen receive Sloan Research Fellowships, which recognize early career excellence. The Alfred P...
Geobacter nanowires (David S. Goodsell)
February 8, 2024
Recent work from the Malvankar lab at the Yale Microbial Sciences Institute has been selected as Molecule of the Month by Protein Data Bank. The data center hosts the global...
New MSI Faculty
July 25, 2023
The Yale Microbial Sciences Institute is pleased to welcome two new faculty members. Hualiang Pi, Ph.D. will open her lab as an assistant professor at MSI in partnership with...
Andrew Goodman
July 6, 2023
Andrew Goodman, PhD, C.N.H. Long Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis and director of the Yale Microbial Sciences Institute, has been appointed chair of the Department of...
Microbial Sciences Institute Retreat 2023
June 3, 2023
The Microbial Sciences Institute at Yale University held its third annual retreat on Friday, June 2, 2023.  MSI members, including 40 postdoctoral researchers, graduate...