The bacterial cell is the single most powerful tool microbiologists have for learning how life works. Researchers in our department use populations of cells grown in the laboratory and those prepared from animal hosts and environmental samples to study cellular functions at the molecular level. From metabolomics to genomics, their goal is to elucidate critical activities that are the cornerstone of bacterial research. You’ll notice that each of these research areas offers unique opportunities to explore the interactions of our favorite bacteria with microbial communities where they reside in nature. The future of microbiology lies in cross-cutting research themes with interdisciplinary participants, something at which our department excels.