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 applied to the University of Vermont, I had no idea what I wanted to major in. My decision to select “microbiology” from the drop-down menu of the Common App was essentially random, as I assumed I would later change it. Thank Darwin I didn’t. The MMG program at UVM has provided me with comprehensive opportunities that I wouldn’t have experienced in many other concentrations. Although the University is relatively large, MMG allows for a small school feel, with a unique sense of comradery among teachers, advisors, and students. By the beginning of sophomore year, students are thrust into isolating and identifying bacterial species, learning about the diseases they cause, and having the opportunity to explore the micro world in first-rate laboratories under exceptional tutelage. The curriculum is designed so that while there are plenty of science-intensive courses available, students have the flexibility to investigate other areas of interest and still graduate on time. MMG students are excited to be a part of a changing field and work hard to apply and share their knowledge to strengthen science at UVM and beyond. Although it was a choice made on a whim, I am proud to be an MMGer and would gladly do it again!

    Ellen (Microbiology), graduated 2013