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.

For further information, contact


Updated March 25, 2014 

  • What our students have to say...

    Changing into the MMG department is the best decision I've made in my career at UVM. Starting out as a biology major, I did not feel a strong sense of passion for any of my classes until I took MMG101, Microbiology and Infectious Disease with Dr. Johnson. Within the first month of my sophomore year, I switched into the department. In my years at UVM, I have grown to see this department as a home away from home. With instructors and mentors that are friendly and easy to talk to, I have been able to grow academically as well as a person. Doing research in the department allowed me so many opportunities that I feel would not have been able to obtain elsewhere. With attentive and helpful mentors that helped me realize my love for microorganisms, I feel that I was able to pick a career path that has roots here in the MMG department.

    Priyanka (Microbiology), graduated 2016
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