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Nick Pokorzynski, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

Contact Information

Nick Pokorzynski, PhD

Mailing Address

  • Groisman Lab

    Boyer Center for Molecular Medicine, 295 Congress Ave BCMM 341-343

    New Haven, Connecticut 06519

    United States



I received my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Michigan State University, where I worked in the laboratory of Dr. Christoph Benning studying lipid biosynthesis in the green algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. I completed my Ph.D. training in the laboratory of Dr. Rey Carabeo studying novel mechanisms of gene regulation in the obligately intracellular bacterium, Chlamydia trachomatis, during which I was awarded an F31 training grant through NIAID. This experience cultivated my continued interest in how pathogens sense and respond to their environment, particularly during infection. I therefore chose to pursue a postdoctoral position at the Yale School of Medicine in the laboratory of Dr. Eduardo Groisman studying how the model bacterial pathogen Salmonella governs central metabolic functions during nutritional stress conditions relevant to infection. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, hiking and exploring dog parks with my canine companions.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Washington State University, Molecular Biosciences (2020)
  • BSc
    Michigan State University, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology/Biotechnology (2013)


  • Postdoctoral Associate
    New Haven, CT, United States 2021
    Postdoctoral appointment in Dr. Eduardo Groisman's lab at the Yale School of Medicine
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Omaha, NE, United States (2020-2021)
    Postdoctoral appointment in Dr. Rey Carabeo's lab at the University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Graduate Research Assistant
    Pullman, WA, United States; Omaha, NE, United States (2015-2020)
    PhD training in Dr. Rey Carabeo's laboratory at Washington State University and the University of Nebraska Medical Center

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award - F31National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Disease2018

Professional Service

eLife Community AmbassadorMember2022 - 2023
Frontiers in Cellular and Infection MicrobiologyReviewer2022
Frontiers in ImmunologyReviewer2021

Departments & Organizations