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Diana Downs and a Graduate Student in Lab

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The Department of Microbiology has enjoyed sustained growth.

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Welcome to the Department of Microbiology

Microbiology:  Exploring the unseen world

Microbiology represents the intersection between biochemistry, biology, and geology.  Microbes cause the infectious diseases that are some of our biggest foes, yet are also our closest companions, with microbial cells outnumbering human cells in our bodies.  They are the engines that drive the biosphere and shape our climate.  Our department encompasses scientists studying a broad range of fields, including microbial physiology, molecular microbiology, genetics, genomics, symbiosis, pathogenesis, biotechnology, computational biology, and ecology.  Graduates of our program go on to jobs in a wide variety of fields, including health care, public health, science policy, food safety, pharmaceuticals, industrial microbiology, and scientific research at academic and government institutions.

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Ronnie Fulton of the Downs Lab is the recipient of the 2022 Dr. Juergen Wiegel Award.  The award was announced on October 13, 2022 at the Dr. Juergen Wiegel seminar given by Dr. Bradley Tolar. The Dr. Juergen Wiegel Graduate Award in Microbiology was…

The Microbiology Faculty and Office Staff enjoyed a Fall 2022 retreat at the CCRC. The Department of Microbiology was able to enjoy a delicious lunch together and discuss all of the great things going on in the department. We look forward to an exciting…

Support Microbiology at UGA

The Department of Microbiology appreciates your financial support. Your gift is important to us and helps support critical opportunities for students and faculty alike, including lectures, travel support, and any number of educational events that augment the classroom experience. Click to read more

Every dollar contributed to the department has a direct impact on our students and faculty.

Seminars and Events

Microbiology

We host seminars and events by current and guest faculty nearly every week of the semester.

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REU Summer Program

Funded by the National Science Foundation and the University of Georgia, the undergraduate program (REU Site: Molecular and Synthetic Microbiology) will generally run from late May to late July. Selected participants will conduct independent research projects in cutting-edge laboratories, with strong mentorship from UGA research faculty and students. Additionally, participants may access the extensive and renowned recreational facilities on our campus. Undergraduates from institutions with limited research opportunities in fields related to Microbiology, minorities, and deaf/hard-of-hearing students are strongly encouraged to apply.

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