Berdell R. Funke is most known as one of three co-authors of the textbook, “Microbiology, An Introduction.” The book has been translated into 12 languages and used by more than one million undergraduate students of microbiology. Funke wrote 16 of the book’s 28 chapters. Originally published in 1982, the textbook is now in its 13th edition.
During his career at NDSU, Funke taught introductory microbiology, including laboratory sections; general microbiology; food microbiology; soil microbiology; clinical parasitology; and pathogenic microbiology. As a research scientist in the Agricultural Experiment Station, he also published numerous papers on soil microbiology and food microbiology.
In his honor, the NDSU Department of Microbiological Sciences awards the Berdell Funke Microbiology Scholarship and the Dr. Berdell Funke Medal of Excellence in Microbiology, which is presented to an outstanding graduate.