The University of Minnesota and Immunology is home to a diverse community of microbiologists across several departments and colleges. 

The Department of Microbiology offers undergraduate degrees in Microbiology and administers the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology.

Undergraduate Education

The microbiology major prepares students for advanced work in graduate programs in microbiology and related fields and serves as preparation for careers in the health sciences.

The College of Biological Sciences (CBS) offers a 14 credit Microbiology minor.


The University of Minnesota has an outstanding tradition in studying the microbiology of disease from virology to immunology to pathogenesis.

Biotechnology/Applied Emphasis

The University of Minnesota has a wide range of biotechnology and applied areas of Microbiology, from strategies to keep food safe from microbial pathogens to bioenergy and bioethanol production to engineering microbes for industrial production of compounds.


Environmental microbiology at Minnesota spans molecular mechanisms and biochemical reactions to analysis of entire ecosystems and processes.

Director of Graduate Education

Wade Bresnahan Ph.D.

Wade Bresnahan, PhD

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Leslie Schiff

Leslie Schiff, PhD