A native of France, Dr. Missiakas received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the Université of Paris XI in Orsay, France (1991). She obtained subsequent post-doctoral training in bacterial genetics and physiology at the University of Utah (1992) and Geneva, Switzerland (1993). She served as a Maître Assistante at the Centre Medical Universitaire in Geneva from 1994-1995. She joined the Centre Nationale de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, Marseilles, France) as a Group leader in 1995. Dr. Missiakas received her habilitation in Microbiology from the Université de la Méditerranée (1997). In 1998, Dr. Missiakas was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Missiakas joined the Biological Sciences Division faculty at the University of Chicago in 2001.
As a graduate student, Dr. Missiakas was awarded fellowships from the Ministère de la Recherche et de la Technologie and from the Ministère de l’Education. In 1992, she was awarded a two-year postdoctoral fellowship from EMBO. She has received funding from the Swiss Fond National, French Medical Research Foundation, the CNRS, the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association and Argonne National Laboratory. Dr. Missiakas contributes to the Microbiology program by teaching Fundamentals of Bacterial Physiology. She is the Undergraduate Advisor for the Microbiology program and serves as a mentor and a member of various thesis committees for Microbiology graduate students.