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Department of Biology and Microbiology


The Biology and Microbiology Department at South Dakota State University offers Undergraduate (B.S.) and Graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) 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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SDSU researchers to improve heat tolerance in wheat crops

A team of South Dakota State University researchers — led by professor Wanlong Li — have received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture to modify the genetic code of wheat plants to make them more tolerant to heat stress.
Sen Subramanian

Subramanian interim dean of SDSU’s College of Natural Sciences

Sen Subramanian, associate dean for research in South Dakota State University's College of Natural Sciences, is serving as interim dean of the college.

FGCF's new microscope expands opportunities for researchers

A new confocal microscope in South Dakota State University's Functional Genomics Core Facility (FGCF) expands both the research capacity and opportunities within the lab, said Ryan Hanson, assistant professor in the Department of Biology and Microbiology and coordinator of the FGCF.