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.
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.