The Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Molecular Biology offers a variety of graduate degree programs. For the highly qualified student, a Ph.D. program in Microbiology is available. Also available is a thesis program leading to the M.S. as well as a non-thesis option, the Master of Professional Studies, designed for professionals who wish to upgrade their knowledge or skills.
Prerequisites for admission include a bachelor’s degree in microbiology or other biological science with undergraduate work in organic chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics, and physics.
Curricula are planned to suit the interests and needs of the individual student and to provide a strong background in microbiology and molecular biology.
Teaching and research assistantships are available in various fields of microbiology.
The Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology is housed in a new addition to Hitchner Hall which is well equipped to do modern research in bacteriology, animal virology, molecular biology, and immunology. Equipment available for research includes preparative and analytical ultracentrifuges, liquid scintillation radioisotope counters, high speed refrigerated centrifuges, biohazard chambers, tissue culture facilities, density gradient equipment, electrophoresis equipment, a gas chromatograph, fermentors, phase and fluorescent microscopes, and transmission and scanning electron microscopes. Excellent facilities are available for holding and breeding small animals including both fresh and salt water fishes.
The microbiology program offers diversified training at the graduate level through interdisciplinary and interdepartmental course offerings and research opportunities in cooperation with the Department of Biological Sciences and the School of Marine Sciences. Our proximity to the Jackson Laboratory, Mount Desert Biological Laboratory, Bowdoin College, Togus VA Hospital, and the Eastern Maine Medical Center provides additional opportunities for specialized graduate study.
John T. Singer, Ph.D. (Georgia, 1983), Professor and Chair. Molecular genetics and microbial physiology.
W. Murray Bain, Ph.D. (Indiana University, 1959, Professor Emeritus
Katherine J. Boettcher, Ph.D. (University of Southern California, 1994),
Assistant Professor. Bacterial physiology and adaptation, invertebrate microbiology,
Charles E. Buck, Ph.D. (Ohio State University, 1951), Professor Emeritus
August J. De Siervo, Ph.D. (Rutgers, 1968), Associate Professor Emeritus.
Chemistry and metabolism of cellular lipids.
Daniel E. Distel, Ph.D. (Scripps Institute of Oceanography, UCSD, 1988),
Associate Professor. Symbiotic relationships between bacteria and marine organisms.
Robert E. Gundersen, Ph.D. (University of Texas-Austin, 1983), Associate
Professor. The role of signal transduction during growth and development in
Jody Jellison, Ph.D. (Oregon State, 1983). Cooperating Professor. Metal
metabolism on fungi.
Carol H. Kim, Ph.D. (Cornell, 1992), Assistant Professor. Viral pathogens
and vaccine development in a zebrafish model system.
Gary M. King, Ph.D. (Georgia 1978), Professor. Microbial ecology and
Charles E. Moody, Ph.D. (Rhode Island, 1976), Associate Professor and
Graduate Coordinator. Developmental and comparative immunology.
Bruce L. Nicholson, Ph.D. (Maryland, 1969), Professor of Microbiology.
Animal viruses, particularly viruses of fish and other poikilothermic vertebrates.
Darrell Pratt, Ph.D. (Harvard University, 1951), Professor Emeritus
Stylianos M. Tavantzis, Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State, 1980), Cooperating
Professor. Plant virology.
Rebecca J. Van Beneden, Ph.D. (The Johns Hopkins University, 1983),
Professor. Molecular oncology and aquatic toxicology; the role of cellular oncogenes
and tumor suppression genes in response to environmental toxicants; regulation of gene expression; molecular mechanisms of tumorigenesis in non-mammalian models.
Frank A. Fekete, Ph.D. (Rutgers, 1980), Colby College, Waterville, Maine.