The primary goals of the Master of Science degree in Bacteriology are to develop students’ understanding of the scientific process and to provide advanced training in bacteriology. Students tailor a curriculum of advanced coursework and/or research, following either a coursework track or a research track. Students acquire a general overview of bacteriology and may focus on a specialized subject area such as bacterial physiology, molecular microbiology, food microbiology, environmental microbiology, biotechnology or medical microbiology.
News and Events
This fall we welcomed 15 new students to the Bacteriology Master of Science Program. The students arrived from all over the world. We are looking forward to the great things they will do!
A group of our MS students participated in the UW – Madison 2022 Degree Dash. A fun way to welcome the fall term for both new and current students!
Thinking about the Bacteriology Master of Science program? Learn more about the program and get tips for applying to graduate school at the Graduate School Virtual Open House on July 6. Register today: go.wisc.edu/virtualopenhouse-2022
Ana Cruz is a Bacteriology master's student in the research track. As part of David Hershey's lab, she seeks to understand the mechanisms of surface colonization in bacteria by characterizing a novel Caulobacter crescentus flagellar protein. She is specifically interested in the flagellum's fascinating ability to facilitate motility and surface-sensing. During her free time, Ana enjoys traveling, hiking, and exploring new restaurants with her friends.
Lexy is a second year Bacteriology Master's student in the coursework track. She is a teaching assistant for Microbiology 304 and has an internship with Epividian; Where she works with data pertaining to chronic diseases, specifically HIV. She is interested in chronic diseases and how microbes, specifically bacteria, affect certain chronic conditions. When she isn't thinking about science, she enjoys growing her small business, CoastLineChic Designs, where she can let her creative side thrive. Lexy also enjoys hiking, spending time with friends or family, and reading a good book.
Nischala is a master's student in the research track of the Bacteriology program. She is a part of the Keller lab as a research assistant as well as the lab manager. Her research revolves around studying genes associated with fungal isocyanide synthases and their role in the production of antimicrobial natural products. With this background, she hopes to one day discover and develop a new antimicrobial drug and help contribute to affordable healthcare. As a lab manager, she is responsible for ordering materials as well as general upkeep of the lab. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, traveling and hiking with her husband; And together, they aim to visit all the National Parks in the U.S.