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 started out as plant biology major and on a whim I declared a molecular genetics minor so I could take Stephanie Phelps' class Intro to Recombinant DNA Technology. I didn't know what the class title meant, but it sounded cool so I thought it was a good idea. Three years later, in reflection, it was the best decision I've ever made because I have since switched my major to molecular genetics. My post grad plans are to pursue a higher-level degree in molecular biology and I honestly believe the MMG department and faculty played a vital role in steering me down that path.

    Tom (Molecular Genetics), graduated 2016