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MBMB Graduate Program

The Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Biochemistry Graduate Program is an interdisciplinary graduate program providing training leading to either the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Master of Science (M.S.) degrees in Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Biochemistry.

The program draws its faculty from basic science departments in the SIU School of Medicine (Carbondale and Springfield campus) and the College of Science (Carbondale campus).

Faculty include members of the:
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Carbondale).
Department of Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology (Springfiled).
Department of Microbiology (Carbondale).

The program is designed to offer advanced training in biochemistry, biophysics, bacteriology, genetics, immunology, microbial physiology, virology, mycology, molecular biology, cell biology, developmental biology, and structural biology. The participating departments have modern, well-equipped research laboratories and supporting facilities for P3 physical containment, electron microscopy, X-ray crystallography, NMR spectroscopy, and flow cytometry. The University library at Carbondale is ranked among the top 100 research libraries in the United States. It contains more than 2 million volumes and maintains an extensive collection of research journals in all areas of biological and molecular science. There is also an extensive biological science and medical library at Springfield.

Students with graduate degrees in molecular biology, microbiology, and biochemistry are in demand in several occupational areas. Many graduates are employed by pharmaceutical or biotechnology firms. Ph.D. graduates can expect to be employed by pharmaceutical, chemical, biochemical, or biotechnology firms or continue for advanced academic training as postdoctoral fellows. Many Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) Ph.D. graduates are successful faculty members at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

MMICB has further capitalized on the multi-disciplinary aspects of the MBMB graduate program by collaborating with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to offer an MBMB masters degree focused on training and applied research in the public health laboratory sciences.  In pursuing this Master of Science degree, the base courses in MBMB are augmented with courses in public health, microbiology, immunology, biochemistry and environmental chemistry.  In lieu of a research thesis, students conduct testing and applied research in a varying array of IDPH laboratory units such as, diagnostic microbiology, environmental microbiology, environmental chemistry, blood lead and other heavy metals analysis, HIV/serology and molecular diagnostics.  At the successful completion of this 2-yr Master of Science program, the highly educated and experienced laboratory professional can very competently qualify for, and assume the duties as a lead worker or supervisor in a local, county, state or federal public health laboratory.


For more information, please contact Cindy Filla at (618) 453-8911 or