Skip to content
2018 Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students

Department of Microbiology

The Department of Microbiology at UT Knoxville is dedicated to providing the quality education, through both teaching and research, necessary to meet the needs of this growing field.  Our faculty members aggressively pursue research in many areas of the science: immunology; virology; microbial ecology and pathology; microbial genetics; and others.  Research projects are continuously conducted through collaboration with and support from various prominent sources, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the United States Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Science Foundation (NSF), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and NASA, among others.

Undergraduate students gain valuable experience in the lab by working under one of the professors; faculty also work extensively with post-graduate level students, often publishing numerous articles on their collaborative experimentation and study.  Focus may be on such notable areas as herpes virus or coronavirus research, on studying the impact of viruses on marine and freshwater food webs, or on sequencing genes in pathogenic fungi.


Karen Lloyd explains more about tiny microbes that live underground and what this could entail for humanity and the fight against climate change.

Alison Buchan was selected by the Commission for Women and approved by Interim Chancellor Davis as the 2019 winner of the Angie Warren Perkins Award

Graduate students Joseph Jackson and Tiantian Jiang are the recipients of the 2019 College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Fellowship

Graduate students Pramir K. C., Katie McCullough, and Hunter Rice received a NIMBioS Graduate Award

Graduate students Bikash Bogati and Bridget O’Banion received the 2019 Anne Mayhew Endowed Travel Award

The flagship campus of the University of Tennessee System and partner in the Tennessee Transfer Pathway.