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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. Photograph of Ann MarieA 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.

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


Recent News

September 21, 2016

Read this article, published in the Huron Mountain Wildlife Foundation Newsletter, to learn about the research being conducted by IM faculty member Elizabeth Swanner and her students, including IM member Nick Lambrecht.

May 24, 2016

This fall, Interdepartmental Microbiology will welcome eight new graduate students:
Conard Lee, Grinnel College (rotation PhD);
Joel Maki,
Central Michigan University (rotation MS-PhD);
Justin Anast,
University of Idaho (direct admit PhD, Schmitz-Esser lab);
Graham Redweik
, Wabash College (rotation PhD);
Swastik Sen
, VIT University, Vellore (rotation PhD);

October 22, 2014

Gregory PhillipsElizabeth Whitley, and Michael Wannemuehler in the College of Veterinary Medicine, have received the Margaret B. Barry Cancer Research Award. This award will further the understanding of gastrointestinal tract microbiota and their influence on health and on the prevention or promotion of colorectal cancer.

December 13, 2012

In the two years since Interdepartmental Microbiology faculty member, along with student Matthew Moscou, published their groundbreaking research in the cover story of the journal Science, researchers around the world have built on those findings to explore further breakthroughs.