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The Microbiology Track offers multidepartmental, interdisciplinary training and research in the study of microorganisms and their effects on their hosts. The training program is designed to provide individualized education in modern microbiology and to prepare students for independent careers as leaders in microbiology and related disciplines, including but not limited to virology, bacteriology, and parasitology. Understanding the biology of microorganisms frequently involves approaches and training in molecular biology, cell biology, biophysics, biochemistry, structural biology, genomics, genetics, immunology, evolution, and ecology. As a result, graduate students are diverse in interests and backgrounds.

Fostering diversity, equity, inclusion, creativity, critical thinking, independence, and collaboration is a top priority for the Microbiology Track.

The wide range of research areas covered by the Microbiology Track faculty was ideal for my broad interests. I explored different research areas, studied exciting topics, and discovered previously unfamiliar fields during my rotations. The flexibility in the Track’s curriculum also allowed me to prioritize topics relevant to my goals. I have enjoyed positive interactions with students and faculty throughout my classes, rotation, the Research in Progress Talks, and Microbiology Graduate Seminar Series. Initiating conversations with distinguished scientists in the department and advanced graduate students has also been straightforward throughout these events. Members of Microbiology Track have genuine interests in helping each other succeed. I am convinced that the thorough training provided by the Track and the support from department members will facilitate my development as a scientist.

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