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 through the common application, I knew I wanted to eventually end up in a field that involved medicine or health care. I listed one of my possible majors at UVM on the common application as Molecular Genetics. When I got accepted to UVM, I got accepted into the MMG program. I did not really know why I got accepted into the program right away, but I told myself, “why not!”. That was the best decision I ever made. Personally, I learn by being that annoying student to teachers who meets with them every week, constantly asks them questions, and wants them to get to know me on a personal level. Because of the small size of the program, and the sense of community it brings, I was able to do exactly that. The teachers and faculty in this program are incredible. They strive to make your college life as interesting to you and successful as possible. Not only is this program incredible, but Burlington is one of the best cities I have had the chance to explore. I am a very active person and I love being outside in any season. Burlington and areas around Burlington offer extended amounts of hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, skiing, etc. I have loved being a part of UVM’s Outing Club where I get to lead backpacking trips all around new England. I have also loved being a part of DREAM, which is a mentoring program for kids. All of my experiences here have geared me towards wanting to obtain a Masters in Public Health. The MMG program has set me up perfectly with making sure I have all the appropriate requirements, resume, and skills needed to achieve this goal. With my lab and medical knowledge background gained through the classes I have taken through MMG and my opportunity to become and EMT and work on a rescue squad, applying to graduate school and looking for a job in the public health world is that much easier.

    Kenly (Molecular Genetics), graduated 2013