Nikhil Malvankar joins the Microbial Sciences Institute

The Microbial Sciences Institute is pleased to announce that Nikhil Malvankar, Ph.D., will join the institute as an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. He is currently a Burroughs Wellcome Fund CASI Fellow at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His research focuses on understanding how microbes use electrical charges for respiration and cellular communication and cause severe infections. Building on his discovery that soil bacteria use hair-like pili filaments as metallic nanowires, Dr. Malvankar will use biophysical and biochemical tools to study environmentally and clinically important microbes.