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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...

    I came into UVM majoring in biology because in high school the subjects were very broad and I knew that I enjoyed science so I figured that biology would be a good fit for me. Sophomore year I took a class called Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. This class really sparked my interest into a whole new realm of biology that I had had only a brief introduction in high school. Upon taking this class and many others really solidified my interest in Microbiology, which is why I made the switch. I have been more than happy with my switch. The variety of classes allows me to explore the vast realm of microbiology. The courses here have expanded my views of the microbial effect on the planet. In one of my favorite classes we discussed how closely tied emerging infectious diseases are tied to the destruction of the climate, something that is super relevant to what is currently going on globally. I have been able to work in a research lab, which was an excellent supplement to my degree in a hand on manner. The thing that really sticks out most to me about this department is the faculty. Everyone is so willing to help you with what ever it may be from questions about class to career advice, I have always felt cared for by the professors here. All in all I have loved my time as an MMGer!

    Mary (Microbiology), graduated 2016
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