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...

    For me, UVM taught me a lot more than how to culture bacteria or run gels. By joining this major, you enter into a community of peers and mentors who all want to see you succeed. The MMG program gave me a strong foundation in the sciences, giving me options to pursue many different options post-grad. Most of the professors teaching MMG courses also serve as academic advisors for the major, leading to solid relationships that I will value throughout my career. At no point did I feel unable to ask for help if I needed it. UVM also provides exciting opportunities for undergraduate research in many different fields. The campus is adjacent to a Level I trauma center, where students are able to participate in research studies, like those in the emergency department. MMG classes prepare you to be a scientist, giving hands on experience with practical techniques used in many of the labs on campus. The MMG program provides a unique, challenging experience to any student interested in the sciences; I would recommend it without hesitation.

    Michael (Microbiology), graduated 2013