Graduate Program Overview

Ph.D. students interested in conducting research in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (MMG) apply through the Cellular, Molecular and Biomedical Sciences (CMB) Program (application link:

To find out more information about the interdisciplinary CMB Program, visit theProspective Students page on the CMB website.

The CMB Program has research strengths in the areas of

o Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis
o Cancer Biology and Genome Stability
o Lung and Cardiovascular Biology
o Developmental and Plant Biology
o Structural Biology and Biophysics
o Proteomics and Bioinformatics

When Ph.D. candidates join a lab in the MMG department, they enter a supportive and collaborative environment that encourages innovation. Graduates of the MMG doctoral program go on to a variety of positions in academia, research institutions, and industry. For a list of our alumni and where they went after graduation, click here.

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Updated March 25, 2014 

  • What our students have to say...

    When I applied to the University of Vermont, I had no idea what I wanted to major in. My decision to select “microbiology” from the drop-down menu of the Common App was essentially random, as I assumed I would later change it. Thank Darwin I didn’t. The MMG program at UVM has provided me with comprehensive opportunities that I wouldn’t have experienced in many other concentrations. Although the University is relatively large, MMG allows for a small school feel, with a unique sense of comradery among teachers, advisors, and students. By the beginning of sophomore year, students are thrust into isolating and identifying bacterial species, learning about the diseases they cause, and having the opportunity to explore the micro world in first-rate laboratories under exceptional tutelage. The curriculum is designed so that while there are plenty of science-intensive courses available, students have the flexibility to investigate other areas of interest and still graduate on time. MMG students are excited to be a part of a changing field and work hard to apply and share their knowledge to strengthen science at UVM and beyond. Although it was a choice made on a whim, I am proud to be an MMGer and would gladly do it again!

    Ellen (Microbiology), graduated 2013