Christine Jacobs-Wagner, Ph.D., a 2003 Pew scholar, is an investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, director of the Microbial Sciences Institute, and the William H. Fleming, M.D. professor of molecular, cellular, and developmental biology at Yale University. After receiving her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Liège in Belgium, she earned a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Liège in the same field. She completed her postdoctoral studies at the Stanford School of Medicine. Dr. Jacobs-Wagner is the recipient of the Eli Lilly Award and the Women in Cell Biology Award, among others, and she was the grand prize winner of the Young Scientist Award. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Research is focused on the molecular mechanisms involved in the internal organization of bacteria at several levels—from the origin, maintenance, and replication in time and space to the function in cellular physiology and morphogenesis. She uses the model systems of Escherichia coli and Caulobacter crescentus to study chromosome dynamics, cell division, cell cycle regulation, cell morphogenesis, and RNA biology using genetics, biochemistry, mathematical modeling and cell imaging tools. In addition, she studies the cell morphogenesis and cellular organization of the Lyme disease agent Borrelia burgdorferi.