Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology – Rutgers SEBS

Students and faculty at a symposium.


“Looking back and building forward: natural product biosynthesis”
Vinayak Agarwal
Georgia Tech
“Microbial Community Composition at Jotun Thermal Spring in the High Arctic, an Analog to Jezero Carbonates on Mars”
Mihaela Glamoclija
Rutgers University

Full spring 2022 agenda
Research posters.

News & Events

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  1. Max Häggblom Named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

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Our Scientists

See the list of our scientists and descriptions of their research .

Select Research Programs

  • algal phylogeny and evolution
  • bioinformatics approaches to protein function prediction and genome variation analysis
  • detection and response of organisms to oxidative stress
  • elucidating prokaryote activities in geothermal environments
  • protein folding and subunit assembly
  • gut microbiomes and health
  • microbial degradation of environmental pollutants
  • microbial ecology of arctic soils
  • microbial transformation of metals
  • xenobiotic metabolism in aquatic animals

Diversity Statement

The Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology is made up of diverse peoples from diverse origins in divers disciplines, studying the diverseness of life and its mechanisms. We therefore lionize all dimensions of diversity .
In this time of profound change, it is apparent to us that racism and emotionlessness to the disadvantaged ( of any color or place of origin ) is a systemic problem in the US that demands a systemic solution. As a department of higher learn, our small but authoritative character in addressing this trouble is to remove obstacles to the success of our divers undergraduate and graduate scholar body and to ensure that success is measured by ability, not access to resources. These students are the future of microbiology and biochemistry and it is our duty to ensure that they have the best possible probability to achieve their individual goals.

Department Overview

Microorganisms are the smallest live things, the oldest form of biography on Earth, history for the greatest diversity in the biosphere, and perform diverse metabolic functions and ecosystem services that are substantive for life sentence on Earth. Microbiology is the study of all aspects of microorganisms, encompassing bacteria, archaea, fungi, protists, and viruses ; Biochemistry is the study of life processes of all living systems, at the charge of molecules and their interactions. Our department combines these disciplines in one comprehensive examination composition in the cogitation of fundamental life sentence processes and their applications from molecules to biomes .
The department sustains the rich inheritance of both disciplines. Edward Voorhees established the Department of Soil Chemistry and Bacteriology in 1901, the foremost department of agrarian microbiology in the country. The biochemistry component of the department had its genesis in 1925 at the School of Agriculture as the Department of Agricultural Biochemistry. In 1965, these departments merged to form the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology. The academic programs in Biochemistry and Microbiology serve the central mission of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, and Rutgers University through the department ‘s cardinal and enforce research and education in microbiology and biochemistry. The fields of microbiology and biochemistry are major contributors to industrial development ; human, animal and plant health ; environmental integrity ; and agricultural productiveness .
The Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology presently has 14 tenure-track staff and 6 non-tenure-track teaching faculty members. The department ‘s current research strengths are in the areas of environmental microbiology, microbiome-host interactions, endosymbiosis, genomics, bioinformatics, protein structure and officiate, biofuels, infective microbiology and aquatic toxicology. Our internationally-recognized faculty ‘s inquiry is supported by grants from diverse country and federal agencies ( NSF, NIH, NIEHS, DOE, NOAA/EPA, NASA, NJDEP ), a range of foundations ( Hudson River Foundation, PhRMA, Johnson & Johnson ), and industry contracts. Members of the department have published over 200 peer-reviewed publications, many in highly rank journals such as Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, eLife, ISME Journal, and Trends in Ecology and Evolution, and book chapters over the last five years .
The department offers two undergraduate majors and minors, Biochemistry and Microbiology, presently with over 80 majors combined. The course of study in Microbiology and Biochemistry cover the professional degree requirements for undergraduate and graduate programs and integrate well with the academic model of SEBS as a professional school. Each encompasses the stallion complement of courses as they are recommended by corresponding master organizations for the education and trail of students heading into the ferment coerce and far academic pursuits. hands-on lab education is the foundation for excellence in our academic programs. In addition, the department offers many of the core and advance courses in biochemistry and microbiology required by early undergraduate majors at Rutgers, including the Microbial Biotechnology choice of the Biotechnology major. Over 700 students take one of our two biochemistry lecture courses and over 350 students take our microbiology lecture/lab course. To enhance the appreciation for microbiology and biochemistry by non-scientists, the department offers several introductory courses that provide a lecture and interdisciplinary-engaged eruditeness know for undergraduates with limited or no skill setting.

The department provides a key leadership character for microbiology at Rutgers University. Our aim is to broadly advance the divers research and educational have in the field of microbiology that are offered at Rutgers and promote our full-bodied traditions of microbiology. The department faculty shoulder the core teach for the SEBS-based organismal-centered Graduate Program in Microbial Biology, launched in 2010, presently with 34 PhD and 11 MS students. The course of study is focused on fundamental microbial life processes and their applications, and offers a strong focus in understanding how microbe invade every possible environmental recess on Earth ( including frozen arctic tundra, abstruse sea hydrothermal vents, hazardous waste sites, and the human body ) and how the diverseness of microbial activities can be exploited to discover novel bioactive compounds, to characterize metabolic traits for abasement of hazardous chemicals, to develop newly biofuel production methods, and to promote homo health. Since its origin, the broadcast has graduated 9 PhD and 25 MS students who are well trained for their future careers in academia, government, and industry .
– soap Häggblom, Chair
students from the department

Highlights in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology

Honors: Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow of American Academy of Microbiology, Vietnam Education Foundation Faculty Scholar, Visiting Professorship for Senior International Scientists of the chinese Academy of Sciences, American Society for Microbiology US-Indo Professorship, American Society for Microbiology International Professorship for Latin America, Phycological Society of America Award of Excellence, Marie-Curie Scholar, Hans Fischer Fellow, Darbaker Prize, NSF Young Investigator/Career Award, Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology Waksman Outstanding Teaching Award .

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