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



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...
Stavroula Hatzios
May 16, 2023
Stavroula Hatzios, assistant professor in the departments of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and of Chemistry at Yale University, is one of three scientists...
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...