Microorganisms are the most diverse and abundant organisms on our planet. Research into microbiology crosses the fields of:
- fundamental biochemistry
- cell biology
- application of microorganisms to
- agricultural and environmental processes.
The Discipline of Microbiology at La Trobe was founded in 1975 and has maintained research excellence across a broad range of fields from medical to environmental. Microbiological research at La Trobe been ranked as top in the country (ERA ranking of 5 in 2012 and 2015) and is recognised internationally as evidenced by high profile publications and collaborations.
Research groups focus on the innate immune response to viruses, bacterial-host interactions, parasitology, applied and environmental microbiology, microbial genetics, and mitochondria dysfunction.
Microbiology is a component of several undergraduate courses at La Trobe University. Cutting edge research is integrated into our teaching programs through undergraduate practical programs and research-intensive Honours, Masters and PhD programs.
Careers in Microbiology
Students from microbiology pursue careers in a diverse range of industries to become research scientists, technicians, regulators, managers, writers, teachers, quality assurance officers, consultants and cicerones.
Fields and positions of employment include:
- pharmaceutical industry
- forensic science
- environmental agencies
- food and craft beverages
- water and waste treatment industries
- customs and immigration
Our research students find employment as research scientists in hospitals, universities and research institutes around the world.