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

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!

February 7, 2019

Taylor Wherry, IM student in the Department of Veterinary Pathology, earned the David Francis Award for second place poster presentation in the NC1202 Enteric Diseases of Food Animals division at the Conference for Research Workers in Animal Diseases (CRWAD) in Chicago, Illinois.

January 7, 2019

The Microbiology Graduate Student Organization (MGSO) had their 2018 Outreach event this October 2018 helping ay the Ames Science Fair located at Edwards Elementary School. This was a family event where grade school students and parents got to run from classroom to classroom to learn about different microbiology techniques!

MGSO member with Students