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...

    My MMG experience has been nothing but positive. When I switched into MMG my junior year, I did not know what to expect. Once I started classwork, it became clear to me that the faculty did not view their students as cold statistics, but instead as thinking and feeling humans like themselves. My advisors were suddenly in the lab with me, providing me pointers on how to culture bacteria and run tests on microbes to determine their properties. It was all very exciting and it ultimately played a large part in shaping the trajectory of my academic pursuits and beyond. To any first-year students a little unsure where to turn but who seek a rewarding college experience with fun, passionate, and extremely intelligent people, I say to you… go MMG!

    Max (Microbiology), graduated 2015