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This page contains links to recent news items or upcoming events from the Microbiology program. Click on the title of each entry to access these sites.


March 9, 2020

  • The Microbiology program offers several scholarships for outstanding undergraduate students. They include: the Maurice Ogur Memorial Prize, in honor of our former Department Chair; the Microbiology Alumni Scholarship and the Student Leadership Award, both funded by donations from former students; and the Faculty Scholarship in Microbiology, funded primarily through faculty donations. 

November 18, 2019

  • The SIUC Geology Program invites you to a seminar



November 12, 2019

  • The STEM RSO is having a Chili cook-off contest on 11-21-2019 starting at 4 pm. Please RSVP!!!!


October 23, 2019

  • The 2019 Microbiology Dataclub is happening on Nov 5th, Lindegren, room 205



October 15, 2019

  • Funding effort for Microbiology Student Organization (MSO) at Pagliai's Pizza, Oct 15th, 5p to 8pm. Come in enjoy good food and good people. Tell the register you are with the MSO and 15% of the bill will go to funding MSO activities. Register here, a minimum of 20 people to initiate the event.



October 8th, 2019

  • Think Science! Dr. Fisher will be presenting "Chlamydia- An Inside Perspective"


September 19th, 2019

  • The 2019 Microbiology Dataclub is happening on Sept 24th, 4 pm LSIII, room 1059


August 27th, 2019

  • Research connection Sept 10th!!


August 19th, 2019

  • Welcome back Microbiology students!!!!
  • Microbiology Student Orientation



July 31, 2019

  • Departmental Microbiology Research Retreat at Touch of Nature.


March 21st, 2019

  • The Microbiology Student Organization (MSO) will be ordering T-shirts soon, so if you would like to order one or more, please email Randy at by next Wednesday (March 27th). The shirts will be somewhere between $10-$20.


March 4th, 2019

  • See the NOVA Nature article on "This Squid’s Glowing Microbes Can Reprogram Its Eyes From Afar" quoting Dr. Rader regarding the relationship of microbes and the Hawaiian Bobtail Squid. Find the article here


Feb 13th, 2019

  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale will once again honor Darwin with Darwin Week, featuring speakers and spotlighting microbes and plants. Thursday and Friday guest speaker Dr. Stanley Maloy will be talking about microbial evolution.


Feb 12th, 2019

  • The following dates and times will feature seminars from candidates applying for the Yeast Genetics and Physiology Faculty position:

    Monday, February 18, LSIII Rm 1059, 11-11:50 AM

    Monday, February 25, LSIII Rm 1059, 11-11:50 AM

    Thursday, February 28, LSIII Rm 1059, 10-10:50 AM

    Monday, March 4, LSIII Rm 1059, 11-11:50 AM



Dec 6th, 2018

  • Undergraduate Amanda Blocker and REACH recipient, is recognized for her research discovery of a novel phylum of bacteria, given the strain name SIUC1. Check out the article in the Southern Illinoisan Link, KFVS channel 12 Link and WSIL Channel 3 Link


Nov 8th to 16th, 2018

  • Cinema & Photography/Science Gallery exhibit of works from the honors class Critical Creative Thinking. Students will have their projects on display open to the public in Gallery 1101 of the Communications Building. A reception will be held on November 15th with food and drink. 


Nov 7th, 2018

  • SIU Microbiology in da' house!! The Microbiology Department makes a guest appearance on Z100 New Country Radio talking about microbes in the workplace, in this case a radio station. See and hear the microbial fun in the morning. Link 


Kent Zimmer (Kent in the Country), Dr. Hamilton-Brehm, Trevor Murphy, and Shiomi Kuwabara


October 1st, 2018

  • Research Connection! Join students from the College of Agricultural, Life, and Physical Sciences for an evening of science discussion and opportunities. Undergraduates and graduates students are welcome! Monday October 1st, at Lenz Hall, Lower level, Last Resort Room from 5:30 pm to  7pm. For more information click flyer below.


September 27th, 2018

  • Sigma Xi SIUC Chapter presents, "Big Data: How Big is Big? -- Using de novo Assembly and Annotation for Goat Rumen Bacterial and Fungal Meta Genomics as Examples" by Dr. Chet Langin at 4pm in the LSIII auditorium. Click here for more information.

September 9th, 2018

  • Congratulations to Dr. Fisher's and Dr. Plunkett's research on inhibitor of phosphatases in Chlamydia trachomatis. The latest NIH funding brings the total to almost $860,000 since 2014 at the start of this research. Check out the article online in The Southern Illinoisan Link.



September 5th, 2018

  • Congratulations to Azam Baharlouei for winning the 2018-2019 SIUC Doctoral Fellow Award!



August 23rd, 2018

  • All current and prospective Microbiology majors are invited to attend the Microbiology Orientation from 4 - 5 pm. There will be pizza and soda. Microbiology Office LSII, room 131.

August 16th, 2018

  • College of Agricultural, Life, and Physical Sciences Ice Cream Social 3-4:30 pm by Felts Hall.


August 2, 2018

  • Departmental Microbiology Research Retreat at Touch of Nature.

2018 micr retreat


July 4th, 2018

  • "What's on your grocery cart?" KFVS channel 12 teams up with Dr. Kelly Bender to find out how many microbes grow on grocery card handles. Watch the whole segment here.  


April 21, 2018

  • Microbiology Student organization MicroFest Pot Luck, Murphysboro State Park Concession Area, 12 - 3 pm, 


March 30, 2018


March 9, 2018


March 5, 2018

  • The Department announces the winners of the 2018 Microbiology Scholarships!


July 26, 2017

  • Departmental Microbiology Research Retreat at Touch of Nature.

2017 micro retreat