Research Overview

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...

    My father has a quote: “When you have a dream you see the invisible, when you see the invisible, you do the impossible.” My dream started the moment I walked into MMG department for a meeting with professor Douglas Johnson; I came out of that meeting convinced that I was in the right place –“it felt like home, accepted, and not judged.” During the admission process, I insisted that he be assigned as my advisor without his knowledge, for reasons mere words alone cannot describe... MMG create a collaborative and engaging learning environment for everyone, which is an integral part of students’ success. The professors are always available to assist and advice student in-person and via email, irrespective of who their academic advisor is. Each class I took in MMG pushed me to venture out of my comfort zone, strive harder and improve my self-confidence; now I’m graduating as Microbiology major with rewarding experiences and better equipped to continue my dream. “I’m glad I made the decision and didn’t look back!!!”

    Paul (Microbiology), graduated 2015