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...

    I became an MMG major halfway through my freshman year. I found it was a great choice when I decided I wanted to do something more focused than Biology. The classes were very useful, teaching a variety of important techniques and concepts. I definitely learned a lot from both my lectures and labs. Concepts would often build on each other. Things that I briefly touched on in earlier classes would be explained more during later classes from a different, more detailed perspective. Advising, whether from my advisor or teacher, was also helpful, and my teachers were always available if I needed advice about something. There are many opportunities for research, which I was able to get involved in during my junior year and which I think is vital to many life sciences majors.

    Michael (Microbiology), graduated 2015