Roberto Kolter, PhD
Professor of Microbiology, Emeritus, at Harvard Medical School
Roberto Kolter is Professor of Microbiology, Emeritus, at Harvard Medical School, where he joined the faculty in 1983. He is also the Director of Harvard’s Microbial Sciences Initiative. As a graduate student in the 1970s he studied DNA replication. At Harvard, he worked on antibiotic synthesis, bacterial starvation physiology, bacterial evolution, bacterial biofilms, and chemical communication in the microbial world. Dr. Kolter continues to be actively involved in science teaching, communication and policy worldwide. In the past he served as President of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and as Chair of the ASM Public and Scientific Affairs Board. A native of Guatemala, Dr. Kolter earned his B.S. at Carnegie-Mellon University, his Ph.D. at University of California, San Diego and carried out post-doctoral training at Stanford University.