University of Vermont

2011-12 Online Catalogue

Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (Doctor of Philosophy)


Research activities include: Mutagenic mechanisms in human populations; the enzymology and regulation of cellular DNA replication and repair; molecular mechanisms of genetic recombination; structural biology of proteins and nucleic acids; cell cycle control of transcription and DNA replication in eukaryotes; regulation and enzymology of RNA polymerase II transcription; enzymology and atomic structure of mammalian cell mRNA processing factors; molecular basis of tRNA recognition; ribozyme structure and enzymology; signaling networks that regulate morphogenesis in yeast; isolation and regulation of mating type genes in Schizophyllum; plant growth and development; molecular mechanisms of bacterial adhesin and pathogenesis; molecular and cellular mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions; and bacterial transformations of organic pollutants.

General Requirements

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies
(for either the Master of Science or the Doctor of Philosophy Degree)

MMG normally accepts only applicants for the Ph.D. program. However, UVM undergraduate students may apply for the Accelerated Master's Program. Other students who wish to apply to the M. S. program should contact the individual faculty member with whom they wish to study. One year of biological science; one year physics (equivalent of PHYS 011 and PHYS 012); one year of inorganic chemistry and one year of organic chemistry (equivalent of CHEM 001, CHEM 002, CHEM 141 and CHEM 142), mathematics through calculus (equivalent of MATH 019 and MATH 020); additional courses required by the Department depending on the aims of the student. A student may be admitted pending satisfactory completion of one or two of the above courses during the first semester(s) of graduate study. Satisfactory scores on the general aptitude portion of the Graduate Record Examination. Subject GRE tests are recommended but not mandatory.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

Completion of one full year of graduate study at The University of Vermont, satisfactory performance on teaching assignments, successful completion of the Department core curriculum and qualifying exam, and approval of the student's thesis advisor and Studies Committee, the Faculty of the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, and the Dean of the Graduate College.

Minimum Degree Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

Seventy-five total credits to include at least thirty credits of Dissertation Research (MMG 491) and at least thirty course credits, including the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics core curriculum (six course credits each in Biochemistry, Genetics, and Microbiology); at least four credits in Current Topics in Molecular Genetics (MMG 310); other approved courses such that at least twenty course credits are taken from courses offered by the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics; teaching assignments as arranged by Department; proficiency in computer applications; qualifying exam; successful completion of dissertation.

Combined Medical College and Graduate College Degree Programs

Qualified students, following acceptance into the medical college, may simultaneously enroll in the Graduate College for a Master of Science or Ph.D. degree program in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. The program would be developed with concurrence of the Dean for Student Affairs in the College of Medicine.


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