Sarkis K. Mazmanian, PhD, is the Luis & Nelly Soux Professor of Microbiology in the Division of Biology & Biological Engineering at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from UCLA, where he also received his doctoral training in microbiology and immunology. Dr. Mazmanian was a Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Medical School. In 2006, he moved to Caltech where his laboratory studies the gut microbiome with a focus on developing therapies for inflammatory bowel disease, autism spectrum disorder, and Parkinson’s disease.
Dr. Mazmanian has won numerous awards including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” award. He is a founder of three biotech companies and serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of over a dozen companies, academic centers and not-for-profit foundations. Most importantly, Dr. Mazmanian has trained numerous students and fellows who have gone on to successful careers in academia, industry and medicine.