2014-2015 Graduate Catalog 
    Feb 28, 2021  
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Jeffrey M. Becker, Head
Steven Wilhelm,
Director of Graduate Studies

Becker, J.M., PhD – Cincinnati
Hazen, T.C., PhD – Wake Forest
Jouline, I.B., PhD – St. Petersburg (Russia)
Loeffler, F., PhD – Germany
Moore, R.N., PhD – Texas
Sayler, G.S., PhD – Idaho
Wilhelm, S.W., PhD – Western Ontario (Canada)

Associate Professors
Buchan, A., PhD – Georgia
Reynolds, T.B., PhD – Vanderbilt
Sparer, T.E., PhD – Emory
Su, C., PhD – Penn State
Zinser, E.R., PhD – Harvard

Assistant Professors
Fozo, E.M., PhD – Rochester
Ganusov, V.V., PhD – Emory
Lebeis, S., PhD – Emory
Lloyd, K.G., PhD – North Carolina
Mikucki, J.A., PhD – Montana State
Schmidt, N.W., PhD – Indiana

Research Faculty
Fleming, J., PhD – Tennessee
Hauser, M., PhD – California (Irvine)
Layton, A.C., PhD – Purdue
Pfiffner, S., PhD – Florida State
Ripp, S., PhD – Oklahoma State
Yan, J., PhD – Louisiana State

Joint Faculty
Graham, D., PhD – Illinois
Hauser, L., PhD – California (Irvine)
Hettich, R.L., PhD – Purdue
Pan, C., PhD – Tennessee
Podar, M., PhD – Texas Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas)
Schadt, C., PhD – Colorado

Chandler, J.W., PhD – Tennessee
McPherson, E.F., MS – Tennessee

Adjunct Faculty
Briggs, L., MPH – Tennessee
Bruce, B., PhD – Wisconsin
Fenwick, B., PhD – California (Davis)
Keller, M., PhD – Regensburg (Germany)
Lin, J., PhD – Ohio State
Radosevich, M., PhD – Ohio
Verberkmoes, N., PhD – Tennessee

Microbiology   MS, PhD

The Department of Microbiology offers both the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. Students have the option of selecting from a variety of graduate research programs. For more information visit the department webpage at http://micro.utk.edu/.


Students are expected to have completed an undergraduate program with a 3.0 or better GPA on a 4.0 system. Included in the undergraduate course credits should be a full year of general biological science; one year of calculus; two years of chemistry, including one year of organic; one year of physics; and an introductory course in microbiology. In many cases, deficiencies in requirements may be removed by taking appropriate courses during the first year of graduate study. The department also requires the general portion of the Graduate Record Examination. Three letters of recommendation should be submitted by current or former faculty members.

Each new graduate student meets with an advisory committee chaired by the departmental Director of Graduate Studies to plan a program of study for the first one or two semesters until a faculty research advisor is selected. All first-year students participate in a laboratory rotation program during the first semester of study. This program allows the student to adjust smoothly to the research programs of the department, to develop a background of research procedures and concepts, and to facilitate the selection of a faculty research professor advisor. Usually the student selects an advisor research professor toward the end of the laboratory rotation period. The faculty research advisor oversees the student’s research program and in the naming of a thesis or dissertation committee.

Intercollegiate Graduate Statistics Minor

The Department of Microbiology participates in an intercollegiate graduate program designed to give graduate students an opportunity to earn a minor in statistics simultaneously with a master’s or doctoral degree in another department. A minor in statistics consists of 9 hours of statistics courses. See Department of Business Analytics and Statistics  for full program description.

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