The mission of the Department of Microbiology is to provide:
- Fundamental research training for undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students who will become future leaders in science, medicine, and industry;
- A learning environment that excites and informs undergraduate majors and non-majors about microbiology and the many ways that it is relevant to everyday life;
- A service for Oregon’s citizens, government agencies, and industries that require expert advice about microorganisms and the roles they play in our health, economy, and sustainability of our natural resources;
- Research that advances the frontiers of knowledge in the field of microbiology.