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

April 18, 2019

Dennis Psaroudakis, a Fulbright Grantee from Germany who has been studying in the IM program for the last two semesters, presented the research he and his co-workers at Carolyn Lawrence-Dill's lab have been doing at the Plant and Animal Genome Conference 2019 in San Diego. The 15-minute talk was called Automatically Assigning GO Terms to Plant Gene Models and part of a workshop with the title Challenges and Opportunities in Plant Science Data Management.

April 9, 2019

The Undergraduate Microbiology Program is seeking Graduate Teaching Assistants for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020.  We are seeking applicants who have a background in microbiology and an interest in teaching and providing mentorship to undergraduates from diverse backgrounds.

April 4, 2019

IM students and faculty have bee busy! 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!