Neubauer Family Assistant Professor
Department of Microbiology and the College
Sam Light is a biochemist and microbiologist. His research takes a molecular approach to address the role of gut-associated microbes in human health and disease. His interests include determining the role of major metabolic activities within complex microbial ecosystems and elucidating the effect of such processes on a mammalian host. In recent years, his work has focused on the discovery and characterization of an unexpected electricity-producing activity that is shared by a diverse set of microbes.
His work has appeared in such journals as Nature, PLOS Pathogens, Structure, and Biochemistry.
Light received a BA in psychology from Bard College and a PhD in biochemistry from Northwestern University. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, he was a National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley.