New Course for First-year Students!

First-year MBI (Microbiology) majors and students considering majoring in Microbiology are advised to enroll in MBI 147: Microbiology Introductory Seminar during summer orientation.

The course is designed to introduce students to our department and the degrees we offer, the departmental and university resources that are available to help them achieve their educational objectives, and the opportunities for undergraduate research in Microbiology. It also provides students with professional orientation and networking opportunities by providing access to faculty, graduate students, alumnae, and guest microbiologists from industry, government and academia with a shared interest in the profession of Microbiology.

Join us this fall in MBI 147

Phage Biology for First-year Students!

Phage course imageA limited number of seats are available for our first-year course MBI 223: Bacteriophage Biology. This course introduces students to microbiology using a unique hands-on approach. Students will collect environmental samples to isolate viruses that infect bacteria (bacteriophages) to analyze, and will learn basic microbiology techniques as they purify DNA for genome sequencing and prepare thie phages for electron microscopy.

In the second course in the series, MBI 224: Bacteriophage Genomicsstudents will perform hands-on analysis of the genome of their phages. Students will learn about DNA structure, genome organization, and basic principles of bioinformatics, and use this knowledge to annotate their bacteriophage genome using computational methods.

Read more about our phage biology courses

Our Logo

We have adopted the Greek letter "µ" as representative of our department and of our field of study. The letter "µ" is a symbol for the scientific prefix micro-, which indicates one millionth of a unit of measure. This is quite appropriate for Microbiology (or µBiology) as the size of the organisms we study are on the order of 1 µm (a.k.a. micron - a millionth of a meter), or smaller. In addition, the symbol is spelled mu, which is also an abbreviation for Miami University (M.U.) Taken together, µ for micro and M.U. for Miami University gives us µmu as shorthand for Microbiology at Miami University, which is the basis of our logo.

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This Week in MBI

Microbiology Grad Student Seminar:

Jenna Dolhi dissertation defense
"Environmental impacts on RubisCO: from green algal laboratory isolates to Antarctic lake communities"
Tue., July 29 @ 10:30 AM; 218 PSN

Rachel Pritchard dissertation defense
"Catalase activity, potential virulence factors, and their response to oxygen in Mycoplasma iowae"
Fri., August 1 @ 10:00 AM; 116 PSN

Microbiology Seminar Series:

None scheduled this week

Molecular Biology Grad Student Seminar:

None scheduled this week