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Department of Biology and Microbiology


The Biology and Microbiology Department at South Dakota State University offers Undergraduate (BS) and Graduate (MS and PhD) degrees in Biological Science. Undergraduate students can major in Biology, Human Biology, Biotechnology and Microbiology, and also follow specialized tracks to prepare for medical and other health-related careers, and for careers in Secondary Education. We offer a broad array of courses taught by 34 faculty members using informed approaches to teaching and offering hands-on laboratory experiences. Graduate students pursue research in infectious diseases, microbiology and mammalian and plant cell and molecular biology. The research faculty provide an intellectually vibrant, collegial and interdisciplinary research environment.

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Pre-Health Professional Programs

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Tissue Atlas


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Graduate Program

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NIH grant helps unravel rare inflammatory genetic disorders

Assistant professor Jaime Lopez is investigating an enzyme called linear ubiquitin assembly complex, or LUBAC, that plays a central role in regulating cell death through a five-year, nearly $1.3 million National Institutes of Health RO1 grant.

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SD teachers learn how mRNA vaccines work

Three South Dakota science teachers learned techniques to study how cells work through a four-day biology workshop at South Dakota State University. Those lessons, including how mRNA vaccines work, aim to help the teachers get their students excited about cutting-edge science.

Study shows low COVID-19 infection rate in health care workers

Antibody testing of health care workers in three rural counties in eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota showed 15% of the study participants had antibodies to the novel coronavirus.