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 have truly enjoyed my time at UVM as a microbiology major. I was a transfer student into the MMG department, and I am confident that I could not have made a better choice when I decided to change my major. Not only did I feel immediately welcome, I felt engaged and excited both in the classroom and in the labs. My learning curve has been steep since day one as an MMGer, and although it was certainly not easy, I am leaving UVM with a well-rounded scientific background that will serve me well in the future. The MMG curriculum gives students solid core skills and knowledge, while providing the flexibility for students to make their undergraduate education their own. I felt lucky to have the freedom to choose from a wide variety of upper level electives that suited my personal interests, to participate in research, and to be able to pursue a minor in anthropology. Overall, I am thrilled to have been a part of such a wonderful program.

    Noelle (Microbiology), graduated 2015
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