Microbiology Graduate Student Organization

Photo of Taylor WherryMGSO (the Microbiology Graduate Student Organization) is a group of graduate students at Iowa State University whose research concerns some aspect of Microbiology. Over the course of the school year, MGSO coordinates invited speaker visits, student socials, and community outreach programs. MGSO is affiliated with the Interdepartmental Microbiology department, and our IM majors have been part of more than 15 different home departments, but we also include members with majors in other departments such as Veterinary Microbiology and Interdepartmental Genetics. Because our members are part of an interdepartmental program and spread across campus and further, such as the NADC and the Veterinary Medicine campus, MGSO acts as a crucial social network to tie us together academically and socially. Microbiology majors in Interdepartmental Microbiology are heavily encouraged, though not required, to participate in MGSO.

MGSO is also an excellent way to network across the ISU research community. You will meet a very diverse group of people whose studies cover everything from plant viruses to insect-transported bacteria to microarray statistics to edible vaccines. If nothing else, you can hear about a broad selection of topics and applications for various research tools, and maybe one day when you cannot get your ELISA to work, you will be able to ask some of the people in MGSO for help. While we are most certainly biased, we really do feel that MGSO is a great opportunity for graduate students, and we hope you have the time to become involved with the organization.

About MGSO


  • MGSO logo The Microbiology Graduate Student Organization (MGSO) is affiliated with the Iowa State University Interdepartmental Microbiology Program.
  • MGSO is an American Society for Microbiology student chapter.
  • We are represented by one senator in the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS), the self-governing body for graduate students and an important connection between graduate students and new administration policies and programs.
  • Meetings are usually held on the first Friday of every month during the school year in 221 Science I and include free pizza.
  • Dues are $20 per semester. Attendance is not mandatory, although you get the most out of MGSO if you attend often.
  • At least one group social event is organized during each semester. Past events have include ice skating, tubing, canoeing, bowling, and trips to science museums.
  • We typically host two invited speakers every year who are nominated and voted on by our members. We have accommodated speakers from across Iowa, the United States, and the world.
  • During the summer, we hold weekly "WIP" (Work in Progress) meetings to present our research to each other for constructive criticism in a casual environment.
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MGSO News

Open Positions in Computational Microbial Genomics

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.

To learn more about the position, visit Dr. Friedberg's webpage here. You can also email Dr. Friedberg at [ idoerg@iastate.edu ]. Read more about Open Positions in Computational Microbial Genomics

Taylor Wherry earns David Francis Award

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.

She was awarded a certificate and $150. Taylor is a third year PhD student in the Stabel lab at the National Animal Disease Center. Her poster was titled "Effects of vitamin D3 on macrophages from cows naturally infected with Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis." Read more about Taylor Wherry earns David Francis Award