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...

    I couldn’t have asked for a better experience at UVM. My time here has been incredible and I’ve had so many memorable moments, and a lot of it can be contributed to the MMG program. I made amazing friends who were also in the program and learned so much in the past 4 years. I know my experience is so much different from others who were in larger science programs who didn’t get to know other students in their classes because it was too large. Being in a small major like Microbiology, presented me with opportunities in research, teaching, as well as finding if medical career would be right for me. The faculty is the most helpful and supportive group that make themselves available for you. I wouldn’t change a thing if I had to do college all over again. Thanks MMG!

    Midori (Microbiology), graduated 2013
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