Research Overview


XLD Salmonella Research

XLD Salmonella Research

The Microbiology and Molecular Genetics faculty are asking fundamental questions in eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell and molecular biology. Our Department applies the methods of microbiology, genetics, biochemistry, bioinformatics, and structural biology to elucidate the molecular mechanisms of the cell. The interdisciplinary nature of these fields means that a prospective graduate student is offered a wide choice of research opportunities. Cross-departmental, interdisciplinary collaborations are facilitated by regular meetings and journal clubs focusing on nucleic acid biochemistry, DNA repair, signal transduction, bacterial pathogenesis, and structural biology and bioinformatics.

The research conducted by the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics bears directly on crucial health and environmentally related problems such as cancer, AIDS, microbial pathogenesis, and bioremediation. The research programs within the Department are supported by a variety of sources including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the American Cancer Society, the Department of Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency. The Department is also the recipient of a 1.8 million dollar award from the Lucille P. Markey Charitable Trust for the establishment of a Center for Molecular Genetics. Investigators have also received funding from private foundations, including the Burroughs Wellcome Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trust.

  • What our students have to say...

    I knew I wanted to be a part of MMG the first day I arrived at UVM. Our department is so welcoming and helpful. The faculty will never hesitate to lend a helping hand and will work with you to accomplish all the goals you set forth for yourself. The advising and counseling provided in MMG is unmatched at UVM. The MMG majors provide a curriculum that allows you to dive directly into your interests and explore unique questions with hands on experiences. From the very first semesters exploratory caffeine resistance experiments to mammalian cell culture in some of the more advanced laboratories, MMG is a very participant friendly course load. You will be able to explore the many facets of the microscopic world within a challenging yet always interesting and interactive experience. I loved my experience with MMG and the faculty could not have been more helpful throughout my attendance at UVM. The small department filled with numerous amazing faculty provides one of the best areas of study at UVM.

    Sam (Molecular Genetics), graduated 2013