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 knew I wanted to be a part of MMG the first day I arrived at UVM. Our department is so welcoming and helpful. The faculty will never hesitate to lend a helping hand and will work with you to accomplish all the goals you set forth for yourself. The advising and counseling provided in MMG is unmatched at UVM. The MMG majors provide a curriculum that allows you to dive directly into your interests and explore unique questions with hands on experiences. From the very first semesters exploratory caffeine resistance experiments to mammalian cell culture in some of the more advanced laboratories, MMG is a very participant friendly course load. You will be able to explore the many facets of the microscopic world within a challenging yet always interesting and interactive experience. I loved my experience with MMG and the faculty could not have been more helpful throughout my attendance at UVM. The small department filled with numerous amazing faculty provides one of the best areas of study at UVM.

    Sam (Molecular Genetics), graduated 2013