Christine Jacobs-Wagner

2008 Regional Award Finalist — Faculty

Christine Jacobs-Wagner

Current Position:
Director of the Microbial Diversity Institute and Fleming Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Yale University

Molecular & Cellular Biology

Areas of Research Interest and Expertise: Bacterial multiplication, cell division; chromosome segregation; cell cycle coordination; cell morphogenesis, cytokeleton, cell polarity


BS, Biochemistry, University of LiËge, Belgium
PhD, Biochemistry, University of LiËge and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden

Dr. Jacobs-Wagner's laboratory is part of the Microbial Sciences Institute at the Yale West Campus. Her group studies the temporal and spatial mechanisms involved in bacterial physiology, with emphasis on chromosome dynamics, cell division, cell cycle regulation, cell morphogenesis and RNA biology. Their primary model organisms are Caulobacter crescentusEscherichia coli and the lyme-disease pathogen Borrelia burgdorferi.

Other Honors: 

2008 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator appointment
2011   Ely Lilly Award
2009 WALS lecture
2009 Elizabeth McCoy Lecture
2007 Women in Cell Biology award
2003 Pew Scholarship Award in the Biomedical Sciences
1997 Grand Prize Winner of the Young Scientist Award

In the Media: 

Christine Jacobs-Wagner named the Fleming Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. Yale News. December 14, 2015
Jacobs-Wagner named director of Microbial Diversity Institute at West Campus. Yale News. November 21, 2013

Jacobs-Wagner Lab