Introducing the Department of Microbiology
The discipline of Microbiology is at the leading edge of modern-day science. Many of the most important scientific discoveries of recent years have been made by microbiologists: since 1910, one-third of the Nobel Prizes in medicine and physiology have been awarded to microbiologists.
Microbiologists are concerned with the welfare of humankind, concentrating not only on aspects of host-microbial interactions influencing health, disease and immunity, but also on ecological concerns impacting food production and the environment. The Department of Microbiology at UT Knoxville is dedicated to providing the quality education, through both teaching and research, necessary to meet the demands of this growing field. Our faculty and students aggressively pursue research in many areas of microbial science, including immunology, virology, microbial ecology and pathology, microbial genetics, and others. Graduates of our program have the necessary experience in academic and practical skills for immediate entry into the job market or for continuing their education in pure or applied sciences, including health care.