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 am so grateful I discovered the MMG department when I was a sophomore. The amazing faculty and inspiring students really are a family, and it has been a great few years working with them. The MMG department has provided me with invaluable experiences to learn, teach, and pursue research, and I can't imagine my time at UVM without their guidance and support. Because of MMG's challenging program, I feel prepared in taking my next steps in the professional world. Many thanks to all the MMG staff who have created such a special learning environment, your students appreciate you more than you know.

    Sarah C. (Microbiology), graduated 2016