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...

    Starting out as a biochemistry major, most of my classes were large and I never felt particularly comfortable asking questions or talking to anyone, especially the teachers. I added Molecular Genetics to my major in the beginning of my 3rd year and it was a choice I am so grateful that I made. It was the first time I felt like teachers were truly invested in my success and were there to help both academically and personally. The required courses are all directly shaped to prepare us for the real world and focused on developing essential skills that will continue to be necessary despite the final route we decide to take.

    Marissa (Molecular Genetics), graduated 2013