Director's Welcome

Dear Prospective Graduate Student: 

Thank you for your interest in the Graduate Program in Microbiology at the University of California, Riverside.

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 EngineeringChemistryEntomologyEnvironmental SciencesEvolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology; Microbiology and Plant PathologyMolecular, Cell and Systems Biology; and the Division of Biomedical Sciences.  Microbiology program faculty are committed not only to research excellence, but also to their roles as teachers and mentors to graduate students. This combination results in an exciting and dynamic environment for graduate training.

The Microbiology Program has access to modern facilities for research at UC Riverside.  These include the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology, the Center for Plant Cell Biology, the Center for Conservation Biology, the Center for Disease Vector Research, Genomics, Microscopy and Imaging, Bioinformatics, Proteomics, and Analytical Chemistry/Instrumentation Core Facilities, Biosafety-3 (BSL-3) facilities, animal vivaria, transgenic growth laboratories and greenhouses. 

We invite you to explore this website to find out more information about our program.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Microbiology Student Service Advisor: Brenda Cuevas at (951) 827-7378 or (800) 735-0717 ( or myself at You are also welcome to contact participating faculty members directly.

We look forward to receiving your completed application and wish you much success in your graduate career!


Dr. Emma Aronson

Professor and Director of the Microbiology Graduate Program


For more information about joining our Graduate Program, please fill out our Interest Form.


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