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 joined the microbiology program as a first year student because I loved immunology and wanted to avoid ecology courses. It was the best decision I ever made. The courses in MMG progress naturally; you start out memorizing the basic material and later use that knowledge and the scientific literature to formulate answers to questions currently being asked in research labs around the world. No matter what jobs I take on over the course of my life, having confidence in my ability to think critically and answer complicated scientific questions will be key. The MMG program also allows so many opportunities to develop teaching skills and technical bench skills. Through the laboratory-heavy coursework, we become very comfortable with both basic microbiology techniques and more advanced techniques that other students won't learn until graduate school or the workforce. The advising in the MMG program is absolutely top-notch as well, and the students in the program are a tight-knit group. I have had an absolutely fantastic four years with this program and can't sing its praises highly enough!

    Katie (Double major in Microbiology & Molecular Genetics), graduated 2016