The Microbiology Track provides training in the study of microorganisms: organisms that cannot be seen without the use of a microscope, which include bacteria, microscopic fungi, parasites, and viruses. This program supports broad interests in microbiology, including environmental and pathogenic microbiology, bacterial genetics and systems microbiology.
About the Program
The track supports broad interests in microbiology, including host-pathogen interaction aiming at deciphering pathogenesis mechanisms, microbial ecology aiming to understand the interaction of bacteria with their environment, microbial genetics which includes the studies of genotypes and gene regulation and systems microbiology which aims to combine genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics and proteomics to generate an integrated model of how a microbial cell or community functions.
The program in Microbiology offers students the opportunity to use tools of molecular biology, microbial genetics, microbial pathogenesis, biochemistry, computational biology, and genomics. The program is designed for students interested in either academic careers in research or for those interested in careers in related aspects of medicine and the biotech-industry.
My interests lay in the interaction of intracellular bacterial pathogens with their hosts, the regulation and evolution of bacterial pathogenesis systems, and host cells pathways manipulated by bacterial pathogens. My lab focuses on the bacterial pathogens Legionella and Coxiella. We perform genetic, genomic and biochemical experiments to answer fundamental questions regarding the intimate interactions of these bacterial pathogens with their hosts.
Microorganisms are the most abundant organisms on earth, thus understanding microorganisms is crucial for future progress in, medicine, biotechnology, environmental sciences and agriculture. In my vision, the mission of the Microbiology Track is to offer students high-quality in-depth research experience that will provide them with a set of skills to pursue a PhD or a career in the biotech-industry.
The curriculum consists of 30 hours in addition to practical research in the lab.