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 (2018-2019 Handbook).

Microbiology Governance Document

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

Recent News

March 12, 2019

Dr. Laura Jarboe, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and former Chair of the Interdepartmental Microbiology Program,  has recently received a patent for “metabolic engineering of membrane proteins to improve E.

March 11, 2019

Dr. Iddo Friedberg, Associate Professor in Veterinary Microbiology and Preventative Medicine, is currently searching for students to work in his lab. Specifically, working to understand the relationship between genome structure, evolution, and antibiotic resistance.

February 7, 2019

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