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...

    The classes that were offered through the MMG department were among the best I have taken during my time at UVM. The professors and lecturers in the department are very knowledgable about their subjects, friendly, always had an open ear for students' questions and concerns, and prepared interesting classes as well as excellent experiments. One highlight for me was the possibility to perform independent undergraduate research focusing on molecular motors needed in fission yeast cytokinesis. The research I completed over a period of two semesters has further deepened my interest in the field of molecular biology and helped shape my future path following graduation which has led to my decision of pursuing a Ph.D. With the preparation that the MMG program gave me I had no problem getting into my number one choice molecular and cellular biology graduate program which I will be attending upcoming October.

    Keven (Molecular Genetics), graduated 2012