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.
- Faculty in the Graduate Field of Microbiology
- Graduate Curriculum
- Teaching Opportunities
- Admissions Information
Administrative questions about the program can be directed to the Graduate Field Assistant, Shirley Cramer. Questions about academics can be sent to the Director of Graduate Studies, Joseph Peters. Microbiology graduate recruitment weekend will be Thursday, February 4 through Sunday, February 7, 2016 for the class entering Fall 2016. Thursday and Sunday will be travel days.
Note, a related graduate field with some overlap is the Graduate Field of Immunology and Infectious Disease (IID), which covers immunology and areas of microbiology involving a more dedicated focus on animal and human microbial pathogens.