Welcome to Microbiology!

Welcome to the Department of Microbiology, where students and faculty are involved in exciting educational and research activities. Our programs offer a great opportunity to study the microbial world and to learn how this knowledge has provided a foundational understanding of diverse biological processes, including DNA replication, differential gene expression, the nature of severe infectious diseases and the alarming increase in antibiotic resistance, as well as the nature and role of microbial communities that persist under extreme conditions and contribute to critical biogeochemical cycles, just to mention a small number of examples….

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This Week in MBI

Microbiology Grad Student Seminar:

Steven Distelhorst
Title: “Identification of cytoskeletal proteins of Mycoplasma penetrans
Mon., October 13 @ 4:15 PM; 218 Pearson Hall

Microbiology Seminar Series:

Dr. Lisa Jones
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Title: “In vivo protein footprinting coupled with mass spectrometry for analysis of protein structure”
Wed., October 15 @ 4:15 PM; 218 Pearson Hall

CMSB Grad Student Seminar:

Aman Habtemichael (CHM)
Theme: Protein-Protein Interaction
Title: TBA
Fri., October 17 @ 2:30 PM; 143 Hughes Hall

Phage Biology for First-year Students!

Phage course imageMBI 223: Bacteriophage Biology introduces first-year 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.

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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.

Information on the Ebola Outbreak

Transmission electron micrograph of Ebola virus (Photo credit: C. Goldsmith, CDC)Ebola Resources Online

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Health Department confirmed the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States.  This has generated an enormous amount of interest from the public, policy makers and the press. Recognizing the importance of the public health emergency of the Ebola outbreak in western Africa, the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has developed an Ebola Resources Page on their website to help you stay informed. This page contains ASM policy statements, journal articles and recent meeting presentations on Ebola. It also contains links to relevant pages at CDC, the World Health Organization and other resources. The ASM list will be updated as new material becomes available.

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