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Margaret McFall-Ngai

Pacific Biosciences Research Center
Phone: (808) 956-8838
Fax: (808) 956-6984
Dr. Margaret McFall-Ngai is Professor and Director of the Pacific Biosciences Research Center at the University of Hawaii-Manoa. She has instituted the C-MAIKI center for microbiome research at UH-M, and is PI of the WM Keck Foundation’s environmental microbiome observatory. Her research laboratory studies two areas: (i) the role of beneficial bacteria in health using the squid-vibrio model; and (ii) the biochemical and molecular ‘design’ of tissues that interact with light. In addition, she has been heavily involved in promoting microbiology as the cornerstone of the field of biology, and co-organizes and runs an advanced summer course on microbial symbioses as a visiting professor at the Gulbenkian Institute in Lisbon, Portugal.

Dr. McFall-Ngai was (2011-2013) a Moore Scholar at California Institute of Technology, and a Guggenheim fellow, and she currently is a member of the American Academy of Microbiology (2002), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2011), and the National Academy of Sciences (2014).  She received a Doctor Honoris Causa, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland in 2015. This year she became a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, and the ARCS Foundation Scientist of the Year.  She currently chairs the advisory committee for the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR’s) program on Humans and the Microbiome, and currently co-directs the NIH-COBRE Integrative Center for Environmental Microbiomes and Human Health.