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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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The Microbiology Department would like to congratulate the MGSA officers for 2021-2022. The newly elected officers will begin their term in July 2021.  We are very excited to have this great group leading us through the next academic year.  Please…

The Microbiology Department is pleased to announce that Ronnie Fulton of the Downs Lab is the recipient of a 2021-2022 NIH T32 Genetics Training Grant! For more information please click here.

The Microbiology Department is excited to announce that Andrew Wiggins, Summers Lab, is a recipient of the 2020-2021 ETA Award! The Center for Teaching and Learning administers the Excellence in Teaching Award (ETA), sponsored by the Graduate School.…

Dr. Rob Onyenwoke, Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (North Carolina Central University)

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Dr. Todd Reynolds, Department of Microbiology (University of Tennessee)

Room 404D Biological Sciences Building
Anastacia Parks (University of Georgia) Anastacia Parks (University of Georgia) Anastacia Parks, Escalante Laboratory (UGA Department of Microbiology)

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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


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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