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...

    I switched into the MMG department as a sophomore. I immediately noticed a difference: in the MMG department I found advisors and faculty who truly cared about each and every student. It was the equivalent of moving from New York City to a small village - all of a sudden I knew everyone and we all cared about each other. In addition the classes were top-notch. The materiel was exciting and meant to prepare us for future careers. In labs we ran tests that we would use in certain fields every day, instead of just traditional experiments to prove a point. My advisors and professors were excited to help me prepare for the careers I was interested in. I would say that one would be hard-pressed to find a department as tight-knit and academically excellent as the MMG department at UVM.

    Brian (Microbiology), graduated 2015
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