Our Department has been devoted to excellence in microbiology research, teaching, and service since its inception in 1914. We encourage you to learn more about us by exploring the resources here or by visiting us in our spectacular new home in the Microbial Sciences Building.
Thomas Brock began his pioneering work on the study of life in extreme environments. He isolated Thermus aquaticus
, the bacterium which produces Taq polymerase. This enzyme is used in the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), a DNA amplification procedure that is central to much of the biotechnology industry. Click here to read more.