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  Graduate School–New Brunswick 2010–2012 Programs, Faculty, and Courses Microbial Biology 682 Programs  


The graduate program in microbial biology offers advanced study in the biology of microorganisms. The program offers a diverse research and educational experience focused on microbial life processes and their applications, and is rooted in the rich traditions of microbiology at Rutgers. Highly qualified students have the opportunity to study the genetic, metabolic, physiologic, and evolutionary diversity of microbial life, explore the complex roles that microorganisms play in life on Earth, and develop the multitude of applications of microbes in biotechnology, the food industry, agriculture, and medicine.

The program offers a strong focus in microbial physiology and ecology, evolution, environmental microbiology, and the applications of microbiology, including the discovery of novel bioactive compounds, pioneering methods for bioremediation of contaminated environments, and development of bioenergy applications. The program offers a broad range of courses and research opportunities with over 50 faculty members from several departments and institutes. Areas of research include: microbial ecology and evolution, microbial genetics and genomics, environmental microbiology, microbial physiology, marine microbiology, food microbiology, applied microbiology, and plant pathology.

Graduates of the program will have a strong research and educational foundation in microbes as biological catalysts and their interactions with their environment and other life forms. Thus, with a broad appreciation of the fundamentals of microbial life, graduates at the doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) or master of science (M.S.) level will be prepared for successful careers in academia, industry, and government.

The microbial biology graduate program consists of core requirements that establish a sound basis in microbiology. From this strong foundation, students will advance into their respective focus areas, representing the various ways in which microbiology contributes to society, including microbial diversity as a source of industrial products, emerging infectious diseases and increased antibiotic resistance, plant diseases, soil fertility, environmental remediation, food production, human and animal nutrition, and biogeochemical cycling, among others.

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