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...

    Switching to the Microbiology program was one of the best choices I made in my college career. Compared to larger majors, there is a much smaller group of students in the MMG program. This allows each student to gain much more individualized attention in the classes and has given me the freedom to ask many in depth questions. The small class size also creates a very friendly environment and has helped me make many new friends. The MMG classes have all been amazing, with many more hands on courses than other departments. This has given me a huge amount of time in the lab and has allowed me to develop many practical skills such as my sterile technique. Overall, I believe this department is one of (if not) the best in the University and makes me proud to have attended this school.

    Yuzo (Microbiology), graduated 2015