Dr. Roberto Kolter

Professor of Microbiology, Emeritus, Harvard Medical School


Roberto Kolter is Professor of Microbiology, Emeritus, at Harvard Medical School. From 1983 until his retirement in 2018, he investigated antibiotic synthesis, bacterial starvation physiology, bacterial evolution, bacterial biofilms, natural and synthetic microbial communities, and chemical communication in the microbial world. He continues to be actively involved in science worldwide through teaching, writing and museum exhibitions. 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.