John E. Cronan


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.

John E. Cronan, Head

Microbiology News

The MCB Graduate Student Association (GSA), known as the MCBees, inaugurated a new outreach event, “Science on Tap,” on Sunday, November 19, 2017. Zach Costliow (Degnan Lab) presented, “Homebrewed Vitamins: What B1 and B. thetaiotaomicron are doing in your gut” at Riggs in Urbana.
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