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...

    As an MMG major you will be prepared for whatever you are interested in doing after college and will have a great time in the process. While the classes are great, what makes MMG so special is the community of faculty, staff, and students. The people involved in this program are truly amazing and have made my experience with MMG phenomenal. Thinking back to my first time walking into Dr. Johnson’s office, I never could have imagined the experience I was setting myself up for. I have learned more than I could have imagined, been able to adjust my schedule to fit in courses I really wanted to take, around a semester studying abroad, and have had a great time in the process. From the courses to the people to the research to all of the other opportunities, MMG has been the perfect place for me to be for the past 4 years and I am very grateful to have been a part of the department for my time here.

    Rob (Microbiology), graduated 2013