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...

    When I first came to UVM, but halfway through the first semester of my sophomore year, I decided to make the switch to MMG. The decision was between Neuroscience, MMG, and Biochemistry, but after meeting with Doug, I knew MMG would be the perfect fit. My first meeting with my new MMG advisor went above and beyond my expectations; we planned out my course load for the next 2 and a half years, and told me to stop by whenever I was in the building so we could get to know each other better. My junior year, I ended up joining a lab on campus (Dr. Daniel Weiss, Pulmonary Medicine), which was an amazing experience. I made networking connections, and learned valuable laboratory techniques. I joined this lab because both my advisor and Stephanie advised me to do undergraduate research during my time here. After having a subpar first year at UVM, joining the MMG department made my experience a lot better. The MMG faculty and advisors are amazing, and willing to help with any questions that you might have. Overall, I feel extremely prepared for any job that may be in a microbiology or molecular genetics field due to the faculty and courses I took in the MMG department.

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