Jorge Galán, PhD, DVM

Lucille P. Markey Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis and Professor of Cell Biology; Chair, Department of Microbial Pathogenesis

Departments & Organizations

Microbial Pathogenesis

Cell Biology

Yale Cancer Center: Virus and Other Infection-associated Cancers

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Microbiology | Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development

Office of Cooperative Research


Dr. Jorge E. Galán earned his DVM from the National University of La Plata (Argentina) and his Ph.D. in Microbiology from Cornell University. He completed postdoctoral studies at Washington University in St. Louis, and was in the Faculty at SUNY Stony Brook before coming to Yale in 1998. He is currentlythe Lucille B. Markey Professor of Microbiology, Chair of the Departmentof Microbial Pathogenesis and Professor of Cell Biology at the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Galán is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the Pew Scholar in Biomedical Sciences, the Searle Scholar Award, the National Institutes of Health MERIT award in 2000 and 2015, the Hans Sigrist Prize, the Alexander M. Cruickshank Award, and the Robert Koch Prize.  He is a member of the American Academy of Microbiology, the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, and a member of the USA National Academy of Science.  He is a member of several Scientific Advisory Boards and has authored more than 200 publications in the field of bacterial pathogenesis and molecular biology.

Education & Training

PhD Cornell University (1986)
DVM National University of La Plata, Argentina (1980)
Postdoctoral fellow Washington University

Honors & Recognition

  • MERIT AwardNational Institutes of Health (2015)

  • Member, National Academy of Sciences, USANational Academy of Sciences, USA (2013)

  • Robert Koch PrizeRobert Koch Foundation (2011)

  • Alexander M. Cruickshank AwardGrodon Research Conferences (2010)

  • Member, German Academy of Sciences LeopoldinaNational German Academy Leopoldina (2009)

  • Highly cited researcher in MicrobiologyISI Thomson Reuter (2009)

  • Senior Scholar Award in Global Infectious DiseasesEllison Medical Foundation (2004)

  • MemberAmerican Academy of Microbiology (2003)

  • Hans-Sigrist PrizeHans-Sigrist-Foundation, Berne, Switzerland (2002)

  • MERIT AwardNational Institutes of Health (2000)

  • Established InvestigatorAmerican Heart Association (1994)

  • Searle-Chicago Community Trust ScholarSearle-Chicago Community Trust (1991)

  • Sinsheimer Scholar in the Biomedical SciencesSinsheimer Foundation (1991)

  • Pew Scholar in the Biomedical SciencesPew Foundation (1990)

Professional Service

  • Internatinal Meeting on Type III protein Secretion Systems, Tubingen, Germany (2016) Chair

  • NIH (2014 - 2018) Member, Host Interactions with Bacterial Pathogens (HIBP) Study Section

  • American Society for Microbiology - International Meeting on Salmonella and Salmonellosis (2013) Chairperson

  • International Conference on Host-Pathogen Interactioins - Baeza, Spain (2012) Chair

  • Pew Scholars Program (2008 - 2018) Scientific Advisory Board

  • American Society for Microbiology (2006 - 2008) Elli Lilly Award Selection Committee

  • Cell Host & Microbe (2006 - Present) Editorial Board

  • PLoS Pathogens (2005 - 2010) Editorial Board

  • Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation (2004 - 2009) Scientific Advisory Board

  • Searle Scholars Program (2003 - 2005) Scientific Advisory Board

  • Gordon Conferences (2003) Gordon Conference on Microbial Adhesion and Signal Transduction

  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute (2002 - 2010) Scientific Review Board

  • Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews (2002 - 2006) Editorial Board

  • Banbury Conference - Common themes in the pathogenesis of mammalian and plant pathogens (2001) Chairperson

  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories (2001 - Present) Banbury Conference on Microbial Pathogenesis

  • Gordon Conferences (2001 - Present) Gordon Conference on Microbial Adhesion and Signal Transduction

  • Searle Scholars Program (2000 - 2005) Scientific Advisory Board

  • Biomed Central (2000 - Present) Editorial Board

  • Cellular Microbiology (1999 - 2011) Editorial Board

  • NIH (1998 - 2002) Bacteriology and Mycology Study Section

  • Journal of Bacteriology (1997 - 2005) Editorial Board

  • NIH (1996 - 1998) Bacterial Genetics and Physiology Study Section

  • Infection & Immunity (1994 - 2000) Editorial Board

  • USDA (1993 - 1994) Study Section


  • Advisory Board Switzerland (2013)

    Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Biozentrum, University of Basel, Zwitzerland.

  • Advisory Board Chile (2013)

    Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Millenium Science Initiative, Gobierno de Chile.

  • Advisory Board Switzerland (2010)

    Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Global Health Institute, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland.

  • Advisory Board Vienna, Austria (2008 - 2013)

    Member, Scientific Advisory Board

  • Advisory Board Montevideo, Uruguay (2007)

    Member, Scientific Advisory Board

  • Advisory Board Buenos Aires, Argentina (2005)

    Member, Scientific Advisory Board

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Contact Info

Jorge Galán, PhD, DVM
Mailing Address
Microbial PathogenesisBoyer Center for Molecular Medicine
295 Congress Av.

New Haven, CT 06536-0812

Galán Lab

The type III protein secretion machine

The type III protein secretion machine visualized at different resolution scales