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The Graduate Field of Microbiology at Cornell is one of the few graduate programs in the country in which there is a strong emphasis on prokaryote biology, the study of the fundamental properties of Bacteria and Archaea. This includes the study of prokaryotic physiology, genetics, and ecology. Understanding the diversity and unique aspects of prokaryotes and other microorganisms is crucial for future progress in agriculture, biotechnology, medicine, and environmental sciences.

During their first year in the program students do three rotations selected from over 40 different laboratories  before deciding on a major advisor to guide their PhD dissertation work.  Once at Cornell, graduate students further tailor their individual program to their interests by choosing two minor areas of concentration.

Administrative questions about the program can be directed to the Graduate Field Assistant, Meaghan Austin.  Questions about academics can be sent to the Director of Graduate Studies, Joseph Peters.

Important note about Admissions Review Considering COVID-19 Disruptions.

Note, a related graduate field with some overlap is the Biomedical and Biological Sciences (BBS) Infection and Immunity Specialty, which covers immunology and areas of microbiology involving a more dedicated focus on animal and human microbial pathogens.