About

The Interdepartmental Microbiology (IM) Graduate Program at Iowa State University offers both M.S. and Ph. D. degree opportunities in all aspects of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbiology. A large number of University departments and affiliated national laboratories in Ames participate, bringing together faculty with expertise in biochemistry, ecology, genetics and molecular biology, biogeochemistry, biorenewables, food safety and security, veterinary microbiology, medical microbiology, plant pathology, virology,entomology, immunology, parasitology, mycology, and microbial genomics, among others.

The interdepartmental nature of the program enables a curriculum of breadth, depth, and rigor, and maximizes opportunities for graduate students to pursue the research topic of their choice. As a major research university, Iowa State offers state-of-the-art facilities and instrumentation, both in individual labs and university wide service facilities.

If you are ready to take the next step toward a successful career in microbiology or a related field, apply now.

For further details on the IM Graduate Program, including orientation materials, curriculum and degree requirements, policies and procedures, forms and templates, health insurance, and other topics, download the Graduate Student Handbook (2020-2021 Handbook). For questions about the program or the application process please contact Dai Nguyen at dna112@iastate.edu

Microbiology Governance Document

Follow this link if you are looking for the Undergraduate Microbiology Program.

Recent News

March 1, 2021

Below are recent publication(s) by IM students, faculty, and affiliates. Would you like your research showcased? Send your paper to duavang@iastate.edu in time for the next edition!

March 1, 2021

Dr. Cathy Miller in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology & Preventive Medicine has received the following grant: 

Title: Defining mammalian orthoreovirus genome packaging signals to build a better vaccine and cancer therapy vector.

March 1, 2021

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Debarpan Dhar for passing his preliminary exams!