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...

    When I applied to UVM, I choose MMG as my major on a whim -- I remembered loving genetics in high school and it was different than any major I had seen at the other schools I applied to. It turned out to be the best decision I ever made. Within my first semester I was getting hands on experience in lab and the advising offered through MMG allowed me to create my own unique experience at UVM, something that seemed really different than the other majors here. Being part of a smaller department allowed me to really get to know both the other students in my major as well as the professors in the department on a personal level. I have enjoyed all of the classes offered as they were interesting, engaging and most importantly hands on. I truly feel prepared for a future career in either a microbiology or molecular genetics type field.

    Alysha (Double major in Microbiology & Molecular Genetics), graduated 2013