Microbial genome biology is a rapidly emerging field that couples genomics and proteomics with molecular, cellular, and structural biology to understand microbial organisms. Microbes offer unique advantages for graduate training because their smaller genomes and proteomes can be studied comprehensively, because they are amenable to high-power investigative methods, and because they fundamentally impact human health, agriculture, the economy, and the environment. Our group provides graduate student training in Molecular and Genome Biology of Microbes. Participating labs offer state-of-the-art training in research areas that focus on molecular, biochemical or structural approaches to study microbial transcription, regulatory RNAs, DNA replication, DNA recombination and DNA repair, transposition and other genome biology processes. The focus group provides research training in systems biology approaches to analyze the operation and interactions of microbial regulatory circuits (gene arrays, proteomics, gene network and pathway modeling, computational biology, etc.). UW-Madison is a world-renowned leader in molecular studies of microbes, and brings together researchers from many departments (Bacteriology, Biochemistry, Biomolecular Chemistry, Genetics, and Oncology).
Our focus group organizes twice-monthly group meetings with an emphasis on graduate student presentations. The group is called "E. coli club" for historical reasons, but the focus is much broader. Meetings will take place in room 6201 Microbial Sciences Building at 12:15 p.m.
Our focus group also hosts a leading international meeting on this subject at UW-Madison every other August: "Molecular Genetics of Bacteria and Phages"