Christine Jacobs-Wagner, Ph.D.

Christine Jacobs-Wagner, Ph.D.

Stanford University and Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Christine Jacobs-Wagner, Ph.D., is the Dennis Cunningham Professor of Biology at Stanford, a faculty scholar of the Sarafan ChEM-H Institute and an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She obtained her Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of Li├Ęge, Belgium, after which she completed postdoctoral training in developmental biology at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Jacobs-Wagner joined the faculty of the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology of Yale University in 2001. She led the Microbial Sciences Institute at Yale University prior to joining the department of biology and the Sarafan ChEM-H Institute at Stanford University in 2019. She also has a secondary appointment at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford University School of Medicine.  

Jacobs-Wagner is recognized as a pioneer of the field of bacterial cell biology by demonstrating that bacteria rely on intracellular organization for cell morphogenesis and cell cycle processes. For her scientific achievements, Jacobs-Wagner has received multiple awards throughout her career, including GE & Science Prize for Young Life Scientists for best Ph.D. thesis, PEW Scholar Award, the Woman in Cell Biology Junior Award and the Eli Lilly Award. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, a member of Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.