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Graduate Courses

Critical analysis and discussion of recent advances in microbiology research through oral presentation. Specific topics may vary but will emphasize molecular biology, physiology, and ecology of prokaryotes.

Ultrastructure, physiology, genetics, ecology, metabolic diversity, evolution, and phylogeny of bacteria and archaea.

Genome editing technology has exploded since the recent discovery of bacterial CRISPR systems. Our goal is to present the material while new applications are emerging every day and before a textbook is written! Cutting edge knowledge will enable you to shape the future.

Molecular genetics, physiology, and diversity of bacteria, as well as presentation of data in a poster or oral presentation format. Faculty who teach the course, together with additional faculty, will provide students with feedback on their presentations.

Provides information on the principles of fungal pathogenesis, diagnosis, and antifungal therapies, mechanisms of drug resistance, and relevant genetic and molecular tools to study human fungal pathogens and drug discovery. Provides basic training in reading scientific literature, presenting a…

Research while enrolled for a master's degree under the direction of faculty members.


Thesis writing under the direction of the major professor.

*Must be taken in semester of graduation.

Microorganisms, with special emphasis on bacteria, their structure, function, diversity, and importance to man. Specifically for students who plan to teach in some area of microbiology.

The primary scientific reasoning and laboratory methodology used in microbiology with an emphasis for students who plan to teach in some area of microbiology.

This course presents a comprehensive introduction to the field of Microbiology, including key concepts and current research emphasis.

Each section will cover a different topic in Microbiology through discussions of current peer-reviewed literature. Students may instead elect to participate in approved journal clubs offered by another department or center.

Taken each Fall and Spring (at least 8x prior to graduation)

Techniques involved in effective seminar presentation, including preparation of visual aids, logical development of topic, and delivery. Students present a practice session to the class on an advanced microbiology topic which is videotaped and critiqued, as well as a formal seminar to the…

Students will present their experimental research on the diversity of bacteria and archaea, including physiology, genetics, ecology, and taxonomy.

Taken each Fall and Spring (at least 8 times prior to graduation).


Global status, epidemiology and control of parasitic, viral, and bacterial diseases of major public health importance. Emphasis will be on the scientific, policy, and economic aspects of past, current, and future public health approaches to deal with these globally challenging infectious…

Topics include Quantitative Biostatistics, Quantitative Protein Biochemistry and Macromolecule Analysis, and Introduction to Proposal Writing, Reviewing and Publishing. Students may elect to take an approved Statistics or Bioinformatics course instead of the Quantitative Biostatistics segment.…

Physiological aspects of prokaryotic diversity. Principles of bioenergetics; fermentation pathways, including TCA cycle, glycolysis, substrate level phosphorylation, and ion pumps; aerobic and anaerobic respiration; photosynthesis, autotrophy; and aerobic and anaerobic xenobiotic degradation.…

Microbial ecology, diversity, physiology, molecular genetics, biochemistry, or pathogenesis. Specific topic depends on instructor.

Research techniques in microbiology for graduate students in preparation for their thesis/dissertation projects.

The methods and strategies for genetic manipulation of prokaryotes--both bacteria and archaea--with an emphasis on primary literature. Classes will consist of discussions of both classic and current articles that describe the development of genetic methods for both well characterized and…

Research while enrolled for a doctoral degree under the direction of faculty members.

Dissertation writing under the direction of the major professor.

*Must be taken in semester of graduation.

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