The Department of Microbiology and Microbial Engineering was established in 1986, the same year when School of Life Sciences was founded, by incorporating the Microbiology and Virology Majors of the former Biology Department. Professor Guoping Zhao, a member of Chinese Academy of Sciences, is currently the Chairman of the Department. Professor Jiang Zhong is the Executive Chair of the Department. There are 4 full professors and 3 associate professors in this department.

Microbiology is one of the most comprehensive and earliest programs established in China. Starting in 1981, the department offers Masters Degrees in Microbiology and Virology, and Ph.D. Degree in Microbiology. The major courses offered by the Department include Microbiology, Immunology, Virology and Special Topics on Modern Microbiology. The research areas include (1) Microbial Physiology, Metabolism and Genetics, (2) Microbial Evolution, Taxonomy and Ecology, and (3) Infection and Immunity. The specific research topics include microbial genomics and bioinformatics, the mechanism of microbial metabolism, microbial genetic engineering for the production of the antibiotics using synthetic biology, metagenomics and applications, improving the efficacy of the vaccine against hepatitis B viruses, developing novel virus vectors for protein expression and gene transfer.

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