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 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