The Center for Microbial Systems is built on expertise and ideas from across the University of Michigan. Our mission is to promote discoveries that help understand and manage the microbial communities that are essential for the well-being of humans and the planet they inhabit.

This webpage lists upcoming seminars and other events at U-M that are centered on microbes.  It includes searchable databases of U-M people (from graduate students to faculty) who are interested in microbes, and courses that are relevant to students of microbiology.  Cross disciplinary research on microbial communities is highlighted, with introductions to core laboratory services that support such projects.  Research and career opportunities for students and staff, both at this university and elsewhere, are advertised.

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March 29, 2017
Lindsay Caverly, M.D.
9:00 am to 10:00 am

5623 Med. Sci. II (Wheeler Seminar Room)

March 30, 2017
Dana Philpott, Ph.D.
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

5330 Med. Sci. I

April 5, 2017
Kei Sakamoto, M.D., Ph.D.
9:00 am to 10:00 am

5623 Med. Sci. II  (Wheeler Seminar Room)

April 12, 2017
Kaitlin Flynn, Ph.D.
9:00 am to 10:00 am

5623 Med. Sci. II (Wheeler Seminar Room)


UM scientists integrate microbial genomics, environmental chemistry, and ecosystem processes to understand harmful algal blooms. One of the key processes at the nexus of these three fields is hydrogen peroxide production and interaction with bacterial communities. Hydrogen peroxide is known to suppress certain strains of bacteria and could play a pivotal role in the rise of toxic cyanobacterial communities.