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MARCH 18TH, 2015: It’s almost impossible for Honors College senior Matt Kaiser to believe that he thought his freshman-year microbiology course would be his first and last college-level science class. Now, he barely recognizes the Matt who had just graduated from high school. “I came to Oregon State wanting to study finance and stay as far away from science as possible,” Matt says. “If I look at the snapshot of Matt Kaiser who graduated high school at 18 thinking he knew everything about the world and knew that he absolutely did not want to study science…it’s mind blowing.” That initial microbiology class, though, quickly changed everything. The following term, he took an upper-division course that discussed innovations in science and technology. “I saw how applicable science really is beyond just a laboratory or a clinic,” says Matt. “I started asking questions that I really had never considered before.” Suddenly Matt found himself reading about bioethics and bioengineering in his spare time, as what he called his new “academic hobby.” And after studying abroad in Spain the summer after his freshman year, Matt decided to start knocking on doors, looking to do research of his own.
The Microbiology Program provides graduate training leading towards PhD and MS degrees. The Program supports broad interests in microbiology, including environmental and pathogenic microbiology, with studies that encompass a spectrum of approaches from the ecological and organismal to the molecular genetic and biochemical.
We conduct research on a broad range of subjects covering bacteria, viruses and parasites, and their roles in the health of the environment, humans, animals and plants. We have strong representation in bioinformatics-guided research, marine and freshwater microbiology, and fish health studies. Research Highlights: Distinguished Professor Stephen Giovannoni's studies have identified the SAR11 group as the most abundant open ocean bacteria and he was the 2012 recipient of distinguished awards from the American Society for Microbiology and International Society for Microbial Ecology. Dr. Jerri Bartholomew's research has identified infection by myxozoan parasites as a major stressor on Klamath River Chinook salmon. Distinguished Professor Luiz Bermudez studies pathogenicity of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which remains a vexing problem in the developing world.
Starting July 2014, scientists with NASA’s Ship-Aircraft Bio-Optical Research (SABOR) experiment will make observations from ship and aircraft off the U.S. Atlantic Coast aimed at advancing the technology needed to measure microscopic plankton in the ocean from space. For the next three weeks, follow SABOR researchers as they work toward finding out how and why plankton are changing around the planet, and where the carbon associated with plankton goes. Plankton play an important part of the climate system and deliver oxygen to the atmosphere, absorb carbon dioxide, and form the base of the marine food chain.[...]Read More
Errrrgggg. I could tell you all about the dull, monotonous, and mind-numbing labwork portion of my trip, or we could sit and watch this video together. Remember the good ol’ days of fieldwork! That there video was produced by Oregon State … Continue readingRead full story.