Jacobs-Wagner named director of Microbial Diversity Institute at West Campus

Christine Jacobs-Wagner, professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology and of microbial pathogenesis, has been named the new director of the Microbial Diversity Institute (MDI) at Yale’s West Campus.

The Microbial Diversity Institute is dedicated to exploring the vast world of microbes and how they govern processes that control the functions of all living creatures, with the goal of gaining a better understanding of the microbial world and its impact on the environment and human health.

Jacobs-Wagner, who is also an investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, studies the internal workings of bacteria and their effects on cellular physiology and morphogenesis. Her laboratory studies the molecular mechanisms underlying bacterial multiplication. The recipient of numerous awards and prestigious appointments, Jacobs-Wagner has spearheaded major contributions in the emerging field of bacterial cell biology. 

Jacobs-Wagner’s lab uses a multidisciplinary approach that integrates genetics, biochemistry, quantitative cell imaging, and biophysics. This approach is central to the mission of West Campus, where experts from diverse disciplines work side by side using innovative technologies to address important issues in science.

“Microbes are the basis for so much exciting research already happening at West Campus, and I am so excited about the interactions and natural connections between MDI and the other institutes at West Campus,” Jacobs-Wagner said. “Microbiology research is very broad and multidisciplinary by nature because of the wide impact of microbes on human health, the environment, and many industries. At the end of the day, it all goes back to microbes.”