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’ve had a wonderful time during my stay here with the MMG department. My experience in UVM MMG started as a high school student looking for a college program. I sent an e-mail inquiring about the department and received quick response, thanking me for my interest and describing the program of study. That’s when I knew, I would be attending UVM the next year. The person who answered my email? My future advisor. As a student, my experience has continued to be excellent. The courses and their respective instructors are top notch. The labs provide genuine, hands on experience in experimentation that actually feels useful and prepares the student for time spent in a research laboratory.

    Tom (Molecular Genetics), graduated 2013