Microbial Diversity Institute

Microbial DiversityThe Microbial Diversity Institute (MDI) is the first of its kind. The MDI’s focus is on discovering, characterizing, and harnessing the still largely unknown microbial world. Microbes govern processes ranging from biogeochemical cycles to the health of individual humans, animals, and plants, and they present the greatest phylogenetic and functional diversity of any group of organisms. The study of microbes has been revolutionized by the analysis of genomes and ability to combine genome-level analysis with experimental approaches to investigate the roles of non-model organisms. The MDI includes researchers who investigate microbe-based processes in the environment and in health, and who are unified in their use of genomic approaches to address fundamental questions in evolution, ecology, genetics and the etiology of disease.

Faculty Advisory Committee:

  • Christine Jacobs-Wagner, Director (Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology)
  • Ruth Blake (Geology and Geophysics)
  • Jorge Galan (Microbial Pathogenesis)
  • Andrew Goodman (Microbial Pathogenesis)
  • Eduardo Groisman (Microbial Pathogenesis)
  • Dieter Soll (Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry)
  • Scott Strobel (Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry)
  • Paul Turner (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)
  • Steve Girvin (Applied Physics) *Ex officio