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.
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Congratulations 2022 Bacteriology Master of Science Graduate Student Award Winners! Masters High Achievement Award was awarded to Erik Myers, Kaspar lab The purpose of this award is to honor and advance the career of one …
Introducing our Spring 2022 cohort. We welcomed an incoming class of four new students. We are excited to see all they accomplish during their time in the program.
Mollie is a first year master's student in the coursework track. She hopes to participate in a research lab before graduating in 2023, but until then enjoys being a teaching assistant in the Biocore department. She also holds down a part time job to support herself and her adorable golden retriever, Nittany. She hopes to at some point combine her interests of Forensic Science (having gotten her BS in Forensic Science-Biology from Penn State) and Microbiology. In her free time, Mollie is probably spending time with Nittany, friends, or watching The Office for the umpteenth time.
Mallory is a bacteriology master’s student in the research track. Part of Michael Thomas’s lab, she focuses on branched-chain fatty acid production in Streptomyces jeddahensis. She is interested in deleting gene clusters likely to be involved in branched-chain fatty acid production to see how the deletions affect levels of these fatty acids in the cell. When not in the lab, she enjoys running, writing, or spending time with friends or her cat, Phoebe.
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.