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...

    The MMG department is without question one of the best programs offered at UVM. I switched from biochemistry to molecular genetics at the end of my first semester of freshman year and it's the best decision I could have made for my undergraduate career. I feel like the specificity of the MMG program allowed me to really develop my interests and provide me with a direction in my studies that other majors can't provide. The MMG curriculum offers a variety of classes that appeal to a wide range of interests, from molecular cloning to mammalian cell culture to clinical microbiology. Although the classes are challenging, teachers and classmates are always happy to help. The small class sizes have allowed me to build relationships with my teachers and classmates and form life-long friendships. Since we’re such a small major, whenever you meet a fellow MMGer on campus you immediately form a bond! The professors make an effort to get to know you as an individual and they are incredibly supportive and helpful. They'll help you with anything from homework to deciding which classes to take. They will do anything to make sure you succeed. In MMG you'll have the opportunity to explore fascinating aspects of microbiology and molecular genetics and learn valuable skills for success after college. You'll also have a great time doing it! I feel like the knowledge and experience I've gained over the last few years has not only prepared me for a career in science, but sets me above fellow job and graduate school applicants. Being an MMGer has been an incredible experience for me. I'm so grateful to all of the faculty and classmates that have made my 4 years here so wonderful!

    Keri (Molecular Genetics), graduated 2015