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The Department of Microbiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been consistently ranked as one of the best microbiology departments in the United States. There are 21 research laboratories, approximately 80 graduate students, and 20 post-doctoral fellows in the department. Thus, it is large enough to provide a stimulating research environment but small enough to allow close interactions between the faculty and graduate students.

The Department of Microbiology is a part of the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB), which includes the Departments of Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology, and Molecular and Integrative Physiology. The department is part of an umbrella program in MCB that encompasses 80 different research laboratories. Students admitted into any of these departmental graduate programs can select faculty thesis advisors from over 60 active research laboratories in the school. Close ties are also maintained with the School of Integrative Biology, the School of Chemical Sciences, the College of Medicine, and the College of Veterinary Medicine.

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Microbiology News

Prevalent but Under-studied Skin Infection Focus of New Research

Dr. Joanna Shisler, associate professor of microbiology and researcher at the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Beckman Institute, and Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, is the recipient of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant for research using innovative approaches to understand the barriers preventing scientists from knowing more about molluscum contagiosum, one of the top 5 skin infections worldwide. Read more...

Viruses at the nexus of water and health

Nearly 25% of the world’s population consumes fecally-contaminated water. This water includes bacteria and viruses.Viruses provide greater challenges for disinfection because of their sizes and physical properties. The importance of understanding viruses for safe drinking water is discussed in a recent PLOS Pathogens article by associate professor of microbiology, Joanna Shisler and colleagues. Read more...

Dr. Brenda A. Wilson receives 2015 Leadership Award

The School of Molecular and Cellular Biology and the Department of Microbiology congratulate Dr. Brenda A. Wilson, professor of microbiology, on her 2015 Leadership Award, which she received from the YWCA of the University of Illinois at an awards ceremony on April 23rd. Read more...

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In Memoriam

Remembering Dr. Abigail Salyers