Jacqueline Piret

Associate Professor and Associate Head Advisor Email: j.piret@neu.edu Phone: 617.373.5266


Ph.D., Microbiology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S., Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Area(s) of Expertise

Molecular Microbiology

Research Interests

Prof. Piret’s research centered for a number of years on the industrially-important antibiotic-producing bacteria Streptomyces. Her lab investigated genes controlling antibiotic synthesis and morphological development (sporulation) in Streptomyces clavuligerus and Streptomyces coelicolor. Recently she has moved in a new direction to study marine bacterial viruses. There are estimated to be about 1030 bacteriophages in the earth’s oceans, making important contributions to global carbon and nitrogen cycles as well as to bacterial diversity.

Curriculum Vitae



413 Mugar Life Sciences Building

Ancient bacteria go under the lens

Every fourth breath you take comes from cyanobac­teria, which pop­u­late the planet’s waters.