Graduate Courses

Descriptions of Graduate Courses Offered by MMG Faculty

A complete list of required and optional courses for CMB graduate students is available here.

  MMG211

  Prokaryotic Molecular Genetics in Molecular Biology

  Fall

  Coordinator:   Matthew Wargo
  Aimee Shen

The organization, replication, and expression of genes in prokaryotes, focusing on the genetics of Escherichia coli and its viruses. Prerequisite(s): Introductory Microbiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, and/or Cell Biology. (3 credits)
   

  MMG223

  Immunology

  Alternate Springs, odd years

  Coordinator:   Aimee Shen

Analysis of the immune response with respect to structure and function of immunoglobulins and the T-cell receptor, tolerance, innate and adaptive immunity, the Major Histocompatibility Complex, hypersensitivity states, transplantation, cancer, and AIDS. Prerequisite(s): Instructor’s permission. (3 credits)
   

  MMG225

  Eukaryotic Virology

  Alternate Falls, even years

  Coordinator:   Gregory Gilmartin
  Markus Thali
  Jason Botten

An in-depth analysis of eukaryotic virus-mammalian cell interactions emphasizing mechanisms by which viruses modulate gene expression in infected cells. Prerequisite(s): MMG 101 or 104 or equivalent. (3 credits)
   

  MMG231

  Programming for Bioinformatics

  Alternate Springs, even years

  Coordinator:   Neil Sarkar

This course is geared towards students actively involved in biological research endeavors and wish to gain computational and bioinformatics skills. A major aim of this course is to teach pragmatic bioinformatics skills needed for data management issues that are often bottlenecks in biological research. Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission; STAT 151, CS 26, and MMG 104 desirable. (3 credits)
   

  MMG232

  Methods in Bioinformatics

  Alternate Springs, odd years

  Coordinator:   Neil Sarkar

This course provides a methodological survey of bioinformatics techniques. Particular emphasis is given to algorithms associated with popular bioinformatics applications, including those in sequence analysis, comparative genomics, structural biology, and systems biology.(3 credits)
   

  MMG233

  Genetics and Genomics

  Fall

  Coordinator:   John Burke

Integrated entry into both genome science and modern genetic analysis. Students will develop skills needed to access, organize and interpret emerging genomic information. Prerequisite(s): Junior, Senior or graduate standing in biological or computational sciences. (3 credits)
   

  MMG295

  Ethics in Graduate Research

  Fall

  Coordinator:   Markus Thali
  Mary Tierney

Prerequisite(s): Graduate students only (2 credits)
   

  MMG295

  Graduate Student Alternative Careers

  Fall

  Coordinator:   Aimee Shen

Prerequisite(s): Graduate students only. (0 credits)
   

  MMG310

  Current Topics in MMG

  Fall, Spring

    TBA

Seminar to focus on specific issues at the forefront of current research in microbiology and molecular genetics. Meetings will involve student presentations and discussion of research articles. Prerequisite(s): Instructor’s permission. (2 credits)
   

  MMG312

  Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics

  Spring, alternate years

  Coordinator:   David Pederson

The use of lower eukaryotes, such as the yeasts Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Schizosaccharomyces pombe, as model genetic systems to answer questions of basic biological importance. Prerequisite(s): Introductory Microbiology, Biochemistry, Genetics and/or Cell and Molecular Biology, and permission of Coordinator (4 credits)
   

  MMG320

  Cellular Microbiology

  Spring

  Coordinator:   Gary Ward

Utilizes primary literature to explore the cellular and molecular basis of microbial pathogenesis, with an emphasis on pathogenic bacteria and protozoan parasites.(4 credits)
   

  MMG352

  Protein: Nucleic Acid Interactions

  Spring

  Coordinator:   Sylvie Doublié

Structure of DNA and RNA, and the structure and assembly of nucleoprotein complexes will be described using examples from prokaryotes, yeast, viruses, and mammalian cells in culture. Prerequisite(s): Biochemistry 301 and 302 or equivalent. (3 credits)
   

  MMG391

  Master’s Thesis Research

  Spring

  Coordinator:   David Pederson

   

  MMG491

  Doctoral Dissertation Research

  Spring

  Coordinator:   David Pederson

   

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    I transferred into the MMG program after taking MMG101 and MMG222 my sophomore year at UVM, and I am now an MMG advocate for life! It may be my inner nerd, but being a student in these courses was a blast. And not because they were easy – they make you work here, seriously. When people ask me why I love MMG so much the answer is very simple: the labs. The student laboratory exercises for MMG courses are a thousand steps up from general chemistry cookie-cutter labs. I looked forward to labs every week, not only because we actually got to do fun experiments, but I learned so much from each individual exercise – I can’t say either of those things are true for other lab courses I’ve taken at UVM. The other main reason why I’m an advocate for MMG is the staff. It’s like a family around here. The professors prefer you call them by their first name and love when you drop by just to chat. The advising teams in MMG are hands down the best. They have your best interests in mind, make sure they know exactly what you want to do with your degree and work next to you every step of the way. The faculty in this department are your best critics and friends, always pushing you to better your performance academically and in life beyond your degree. I am forever proud to be an MMGer.

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