Admissions Information

In the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, graduate students and postdoctoral trainees prepare for scientific careers in a supportive and collaborative environment that encourages innovation and creativity under the guidance of dedicated, conscientious faculty.

Ph.D. students interested in conducting research in the department apply through the Cellular, Molecular and Biomedical Sciences Program (

The CMB Program ( is an interdisciplinary program with research strengths in the areas of

o Cancer Biology and Genome Stability
o Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis
o Lung and Cardiovascular Biology
o Developmental and Plant Biology
o Structural Biology and Biophysics
o Proteomics and Bioinformatics

  • What our students have to say...

    Deciding to be a member of the MMG department is one of the best decisions I have ever made. There are a lot of schools with good, strong science programs, but I don't think any would have given me the experiences that I've gained here. The number of chances that I've had here to take hands on classes has been invaluable. Additionally, the opportunities in this department to get involved in research are innumerable. The faculty is incredibly supportive and wonderful. They care about each of their students and are always happy to help with anything we need, whether it be classwork, life problems, or deciding what to do with our future. Because it's such a small department, there are a ton of chances to get to know the professors. The coursework is challenging, but the knowledge you leave this program with truly shapes you into a scientist.

    Krystina (Double major in Microbiology & Molecular Genetics), graduated 2015