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 UVM, I choose MMG as my major on a whim -- I remembered loving genetics in high school and it was different than any major I had seen at the other schools I applied to. It turned out to be the best decision I ever made. Within my first semester I was getting hands on experience in lab and the advising offered through MMG allowed me to create my own unique experience at UVM, something that seemed really different than the other majors here. Being part of a smaller department allowed me to really get to know both the other students in my major as well as the professors in the department on a personal level. I have enjoyed all of the classes offered as they were interesting, engaging and most importantly hands on. I truly feel prepared for a future career in either a microbiology or molecular genetics type field.

    Alysha (Double major in Microbiology & Molecular Genetics), graduated 2013