The Committee on Microbiology
The Committee on Microbiology is an educational program
for graduate students towards the Doctor of Philosophy degree in
Microbiology, as well as a research and teaching enterprise in the
Pritzker School of Medicine and The University of
Chicago. The College of the University of Chicago also offers an
undergraduate concentration in the study of microbiology.
Microbiology is a field of science that examines
microbial life forms, their physiological properties and structures as
well as their ability to cause human, animal or plant diseases.
microbial life forms in the 19th century and their rigorous study in
the 20th century led to a revolution in medicine and science. The
of microbiology is responsible for doubling human life expectancy in
the past fifty years through achievements in anti-microbial therapy,
vaccine development and
the enforcement of antiseptic and hygienic principles.
led to the prevention of plant disease, increasing crop yields and food
supplies for people around the globe. It has also
revealed the principles of heredity and molecular biology through the
study of bacteria and bacteriophages.
microbiology will need to identify new anti-bacterial therapies by
exploiting knowledge of genes that are required for pathogenesis but
not for replication outside the host. Microbiology research will need
to identify anti-viral therapies and vaccination strategies that combat
some of the most dangerous and abundant infectious diseases of human
societies. Having provided the scientific tools for advances in
molecular biology and
in the genetic analysis of human disease, microbiology will also
provide the research and therapeutic tools required to cure human
inheritable diseases by supplying techniques for genetic exchange.
Modern microbiology is a flourishing science at The
University of Chicago; we attract excellent students and post-graduate
scientists from around the world, who continue to push the frontiers of
microbiological sciences. Although Microbiology is an
accomplished discipline at The University
of Chicago, the Committee on Microbiology is a new enterprise. It
will expand further in the next five years with the recruitment of
several new faculty and the completion of new research space.
this website, please inform yourself about our research accomplishments
and opportunities as well as our educational
programs. The Committee on
Microbiology is an energized cutting-edge research enterprise and a fun
place to do science. I invite you to become a part of the