MSU Research History: Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
1900 – The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics officially began as the Department of Bacteriology and Farm Hygiene during the 1900-1901 academic year. Charles Marshall was appointed Assistant Professor and department head (and only faculty member) that year.
In its earliest years, the bacteriology lab was part of the Veterinary Laboratory building located just west of the present day Ag Hall. In 1902, MSU built the first free-standing building devoted to teaching and research in bacteriology in the nation, which is now named Marshall Hall.
By 1914, the department was said to have “probably the best equipped laboratory in the United States” due to profits from the sale of the hog cholera vaccine it produced.