Meet Chris Marx, PhD

Chris Marx, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. He has been instrumental in developing experimental techniques and mathematical models for the study of microbe communities, specifically the factors that trigger genetic changes within and between microbe species. To penetrate the very complex relationships within microbe groups, the Marx Lab uses sophisticated methods to isolate and record significant genetic changes in microbes over generations.

Dr. Marx gave a presentation, Microbe Evolution, for SftPublic on February 12, 2013 (see that link for video). In the brief bio clip below, he explains how he got into microbiology (by way of engineering), his research, and the importance of this kind of research for numerous concerns in modern culture.

He received his PhD in Microbiology from the University of Washington in 2003. He then served as a Natl Science Foundation post-doctoral Fellow in Microbial Biology at Michigan State University until he joined the Dept of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University in 2005.
Professor Marx has received numerous awards, including a NSF CAREER award, given to young academics who have excelled both in research and teaching. He also on the editorial board of a major journal, Frontiers in Evolutionary and Genomic Microbiology, and is an active member of many professional organizations.