Mission & Vision

Our unique program spans the entire spectrum of modern Microbiology research. Students can pursue their research emphasis in four state-of-the-art training areas: Microbial Pathogenesis; Environmental Microbiology and Ecology; Microbial Evolution, Genomics and Metagenomics; and Molecular and Cellular Microbiology. Our interdisciplinary faculty are from the departments of Chemical and Environmental Engineering; Chemistry; Entomology; Environmental Sciences; Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology; Microbiology and Plant Pathology; Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology; and the Division of Biomedical Sciences.

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Student Life

The UCR campus is located at the foot of the Box Springs Mountains and at the edge of the city of Riverside, which has a population of 304,000. Outside of work, you'll find that there's plenty to do in your free time in and around UCR. University Village is located next to the campus and features restaurants, stores, and a 10-screen theatre complex. Riverside has a symphony orchestra, opera association, theatre groups, and art centers. Los Angeles, San Diego, the beaches, the desert, and alpine mountains with ski resorts are an hour away. Hiking, bicycle, and equestrian trails are available at nearby parks and reserves.



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Our Research

The mechanisms by which organisms become pathogenic and the responses of plants, animals and arthropods to an infectious agent are surprisingly universal. Our Microbiology program integrates the long standing strengths of UCR in plant and vector biology with its expanding biomedical community, providing a multidisciplinary approach to microbiology in agriculture and medicine.

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