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Carolee Bull

Pennsylvania State University

Professor, Systematic Bacteriology and Environmental Microbiology; Head, Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology; Interim Director of the Microbiome Center


The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) is a public, land-grant, research-intensive university with campuses and facilities throughout Pennsylvania. Founded in 1855, the university has a threefold mission of teaching, research, and public service.

College of Agricultural Sciences

The first of the colleges established at Penn State, the College of Agricultural Sciences awarded the nation’s first baccalaureate degrees in agriculture in 1861.

The College invests nearly $97 million in research and graduate study yearly.

Scientists in the College are seeking solutions to the agricultural and ecological problems of our time by conducting basic and applied research focusing on cross-cutting thematic areas.

Microbiome Center

In February 2017, a university-wide effort to promote the study of microbiomes led to the creation of a center for Microbiome Research. The goal of the Microbiome Center is to support transformative, interdisciplinary research in microbiomes by fostering long-term working relationships while simultaneously providing infrastructure and resources needed for increasing diversity and breadth of interdisciplinary microbiome research at Penn State.

Pennsylvania State University and the Phytobiomes Alliance

“Strategic partnership with the Phytobiomes Alliance is timely for both Penn State and the Alliance because of the excitement in the Microbiome Center around phytobiomes and the international reach and potential partnerships offered by the Alliance.”

Carolee Bull, interim director of the Microbiome Center and head of the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology.