Yale scientist receives Hartwell Research Award to target chronic bacterial infections in children

Nikhil Malvankar, assistant professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry in the Yale Microbial Sciences Institute, has received a Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award for biomedical research to advance children’s health.

The Hartwell Foundation award provides support for three years at $100,000 per year. In addition, Yale receives one Hartwell Fellowship of $100,000 to support a qualified postdoctoral researcher. Twelve individuals representing ten institutions received recognition as Hartwell Investigators.

A biophysicist by training, Malvankar’s postdoctoral work with environmental microbiologist Derek Lovley at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, identified the biophysical and molecular mechanism of how hair-like pili filaments of the soil microbe Geobacter function as “electrical wires.” He receives the Hartwell Award for his project “Targeting Antibiotic Resistance and Biofilm Formation in Bacterial Infections.”

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