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Research - Biology and Microbiology Department

Improved regulation of transpiration through stomatal pore size and aperture would improve yields in severe environments.

Improved regulation of transpiration through stomatal pore size and aperture would improve yields in severe environments.

The Biology and Microbiology Department provides an intellectually vibrant, collegial and interdisciplinary research environment. Here students and faculty seek to further our understanding of biological systems and processes, and contribute to solutions for the challenges facing humankind. Research is focused in seven areas, and faculty work on a range of life forms including mammals, plants, fungi, bacteria and viruses. Research in the various laboratories is supported through grants from various funding agencies, including NSF, NIH, and USDA, shared departmental equipment, and three core facilities - Functional Genomics Core facility, Genomics Sequencing Facility and Mass Spec Facility. Our graduates find positions in academia, medicine, veterinary and medical research & biotech industry.


Systems Biology Immunology and Microbiology Mammalian Cell & Molecular Biology Biotechnology and Synthetic Biology Plant and Animal Microbiomes Plant Cell & Molecular Biology Discipline-based Education













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Undergraduate fellowship leads Nelson to doctoral work at SDSU

This spring, Pine Ridge native Dillon Nelson began doctoral work at SDSU after completing his bachelor's degree at Oglala Lakota College. His experience with a USDA-funded fellowship program fueled his interest in research.

Sophomore publishes research findings about stress-responsive genes in Sunflower

“Reflecting back, I am amazed at how much information I learned and how I have grown as a scientist. I would have never thought of achieving this great accomplishment as a freshman / sophomore undergraduate student. This experience has impacted me immensely.” Sarah Schweitzer