Microbiology

2014-15 Tuition

$20,800

Application deadlines

Fall, Dec. 1; no spring admission

Requirements summary

Degrees

  • Ph.D.

Subjects

  • Microbiology (Ph.D.)

Major concentrations

  • microbiology

Research areas include genetics, physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, systematic and environmental microbiology, microbial ecology, and virology. Most of the laboratories used by the field have been recently built or renovated, and a broad range of instrumentation is available for work in all aspects of microbiology and molecular biology. One semester of teaching is required for Ph.D. degree candidates.

Application:
Applicants should have preparation in general chemistry at an intermediate level; organic chemistry; physics; and introductory courses in the biological sciences. Training in physical chemistry and calculus is desirable. Although deficiency in the subjects listed does not preclude admission, it may increase the time necessary to earn a degree. Applicants are required to submit GRE general test scores.

Beth Ahner -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: detoxification mechanisms in aquatic microorganisms; phytoremediation of trace metal contaminants
Largus Angenent -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: bioenergy and biofuels; digesters; microbial fuel cells; massive parallel sequencing of the microbial communities in engineered systems
Esther Angert -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: microbial ecology; evolution of a novel bacterial development system; microbial phylogeny
Joel Baines -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: assembly and replication of Herpes simplex virus
Carl Batt -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: biotechnology
Steven Beer -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: plant pathology
Kathryn Boor -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: food microbiology, safety, and quality; strain differentiation and characterization of virulence determinants in E. coli 0157: H7 and Listeria monocytogenes
Dwight Bowman -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: biology of parasites, especially apicomplexan protozoa and nematodes
Daniel Buckley -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: environmental genomics and microbial ecology of soils; ecological significance of microbial community structure and microbial diversity in soils
James Casey -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: molecular virology; retro virology; herpes virology
Ruth Collins -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: microbiology
Alan Collmer -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: biotechnology; microbial genetics; phytobacteriology
Matthew DeLisa -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: biotechnology; biomolecular engineering of cellular machinery
Angela (Searle) Douglas -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: symbiotic microorganisms, especially insects; microbial interactions with animal nutrition and immune systems
Edward Dubovi -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: animal virology; pathogenic microbiology
William Ghiorse -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: aquatic microbiology; microbial ecology; microbial physiology; prokaryotic cytology; subsurface microbiology
James Gossett -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: environmental engineering
Anthony Hay -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: environmental microbiology and toxicology; metabolism of xenobiotics
John Helmann -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: transcription factors
Ian Hewson -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: marine microbial ecology; marine biology and ecology; biological oceanography; marine sediment microbial ecology
Ailong Ke -- Concentrations: Research interests: x-ray crystallography; structural biology and biochemistry focusing on RNA 3-end formation and turnover and RNA-protein complexes
Ruth Ley -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: microbial ecology of the mammalian gut; host-microbial interactions and co-evolution
Hening Lin -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: chemistry, biology, and application of enzymes that have important physiological functions with a combination of synthetic and biochemical methods
Leonard Lion -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: environmental engineering; groundwater contamination; aquatic chemistry
Rosemary Loria -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: molecular genetics and evolution of pathogenicity; Streptomyces molecular biology
Eugene Madsen -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: environmental microbiology; biogeochemistry; biodegradation
Yuxin Mao -- Concentrations: Research interests:
Helene Marquis -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: broad-range phospholipase c and metalloprotease; signaling during bacterial cell-to-cell spread
Teresa Pawlowska -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: fungal biology; plant-microbe interactions; evolution
Alice Pell -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: gastrointestinal/ruminal microbiology; dairy cattle management; ruminant nutrition
Joseph Peters -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: chromosome integrity (transposition: DNA replication, recombination, and repair); functional genomics
Ruth Richardson -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: bioenvironmental engineering; application of molecular techniques to assess biodegradation processes; communication and cooperation in microbial communities
Jeffrey Roberts -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: prokaryotic gene expression; transcription mechanisms; control of DNA repair
David Russell -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: interaction between intracellular pathogens and their host cell; biology of microbe/host interplay
Marci Scidmore -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: the biology of intracellular infection by the Chlamydia bacterium
James Shapleigh -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: microbial physiology; electron transport; structure and function of electron transport proteins
Michael Shuler -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: biotechnology
Barbara Turgeon -- Concentrations: Research interests: Fungal biology- pathogenicity and mating
Gary Whittaker -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: viral pathogenesis; virus-bacteria co-infection
Martin Wiedmann -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: food microbiology; dairy science; food science
David Wilson -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: microbial biochemistry
Stephen Winans -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: biotechnology; microbial genetics; phytobacteriology
Randy Worobo (Geneva) -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: antimicrobial proteins and peptides; bacteriocins with a broad spectrum of activity by a single organism
Joseph Yavitt -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: ecology; microbial ecology; biogeochemistry; wetlands
Stephen Zinder -- Concentrations: microbiology; Research interests: microbial biochemistry; microbial ecology

Microbiology Assessment Plan

Faculty assess student performance through a variety of direct and indirect measures; these include:

  • the assignment of registration units, which record student progress semiannually;
  • official milestones such as admission to candidacy exams (A exams) which assess breadth and depth in the discipline, the defense of the thesis (B exams); and
  • public presentations of scholarly work.

Learn more about the Microbiology Program.