Aaron W Puri portrait
  • Assistant Professor, Chemistry
  • Faculty Member, Henry Eyring Center for Cell & Genome Science

Research Summary

Research in the Puri Lab is focused on how bacteria use natural products to interact with each other and their environment. Current research efforts include therapeutic discovery from underexplored bacterial species and characterization of quorum sensing systems in bacterial communities.


  • B.A., Economics, University of Chicago
  • B.S., Biological Chemistry, University of Chicago
  • B.S., Biological Sciences with specialization in Immunology, University of Chicago
  • Ph.D., Chemical and Systems Biology, Stanford University. Project: Dissecting Mechanisms of Bacterial Pathogenesis Using Chemical Probes
  • Postdoctoral, Microbiology, University of Washington


Aaron received his PhD in Chemical & Systems Biology at Stanford University as an NSF graduate research fellow in  Matthew Bogyo’s lab, where he worked on chemical tools to dissect host-pathogen interactions involving enteric bacteria. He then did his postdoctoral research at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he was co-mentored by Mary Lidstrom and Pete Greenberg and worked on genetic tools and chemical signaling in methane-oxidizing bacteria as part of an NIH K99 Pathway to Independence Award. He has been an assistant professor at the University of Utah in the Department of Chemistry and the Henry Eyring Center for Cell and Genome Science since 2019.