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...

    Being a part of the MMG program has solidified my college experience. From the first day I transferred into the program I was welcomed with open arms and unbelievable support. The small class size and close-knit atmosphere of the department allowed me to become great friends with so many other students despite being a transfer student. Having professors that believe in you, know you both on an academic and personal level, and will go out of their way to ensure you succeed is invaluable. I could never thank the MMG faculty enough for all they have done for me and all the wonderful support I have gotten. During some of the toughest times of my life, it was always a member of MMG willing to go that extra mile to help me in any way possible. I have been given opportunities to be a teaching assistant, intern, participate in undergraduate research and take some of the best classes at UVM that I know I wouldn’t have been able to take advantage of if I wasn’t in MMG. The classes are always my favorite and they make me excited about learning. As a double major, I have found my home here, and I am so sad to leave it behind but thankful that the curriculum has set me up for success in my future. There is no better department and no better set of faculty than in MMG and I am so honored to call myself an alumna.

    Alyssa (Double major in Microbiology & Molecular Genetics), graduated 2013