Michael Malamy, PhD

Michael Malamy, PhD

Professor of Molecular Biology & Microbiology



BS, Chemistry, New York University
PhD, Microbiology, New York University
Postdoctoral Training, Institut Pasteur; Princeton University


Campus: Boston
Office: Stearns 504
Laboratory: Stearns 503

Contact Information

Office Phone: 617-636-6756
Lab Phone: 617-636-6757
E-mail   Send an e-mail


Research Web Site  Lab Research Page
Recent Publications  Abstract in PubMed

Graduate Programs

Genetics, Molecular Microbiology


Research Synopsis

We are investigating factors that contribute to the virulence of Bacteroides fragilis, an anaerobic pathogen.We have developed new genetic tools and a new transposon mutagenesis system to study the basis of oxygen tolerance, the regulatory mechanisms that control gene expression under anaerobic growth conditions, and the regulation of genes during aerobic stress. DNA exchange occurs between Bacteroides strains, and is important in the acquisition and dissemination of new virulence factors including antibiotic resistance. We are investigating the mechanisms of DNA transfer in Bacteroides, and studying the properties and mechanisms of a novel mobilizable transposon of B. fragilis.


Lab Members

Rene Gallegos, Research Associate Send an e-mail

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The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research