Ekaterine Jaiani is a senior scientist at the G. Eliava Institute of Bacteriophage, Microbiology and Virology. She graduated in Biology from Tbilisi State University in 1999 and received her Ph.D in microbiology from the G. Eliava Institute in 2004. In 2013-2014 she was a head of laboratory of Water Microbiology at the Agricultural University. She has been teaching microbiology since 2009 and was promoted to Professor in 2017 at the New Vision University. Her main research areas are Microbial Ecology and Bacteriophage research, specifically diversity of microorganisms in the natural water environments, investigation of new bacteriophages against pathogens of medical and agricultural importance. She has been awarded by numerous research fellowships and awards including DAAD fellowships (1995, 1996, 1997 and 2000/2001), NATO Linkage Grant (2004), and has participated in over 15 international research projects together with USA, European and Asian partners in frames of INTAS, CRDF/DTRA, SRNSF, STCU and Norwegian SIU grants. She is a board member of the Eliava Foundation. She had work experience at the University of Stuttgart (Germany), University of Wales (UK), University of Maryland (USA), Hellenic centre of marine research (Greece) and Army biomedical research institute (France). She has published over 65 research articles, abstracts and book chapters.