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...

    When I initially enrolled at UVM, I was unsure which major best fit my interests. Though I changed majors several times in pursuit of a subject that piqued my interest, eventually I honed in on my interests and, with the help of Stephanie Phelps, an amazing advisor in the MMG department, I chose to major in microbiology. This major has allowed me to take coursework investigating infectious disease, disease transmission and progression, the immune system, as well as fulfill all requirements to seek higher education in the medical field. Additionally, in my time at UVM, I took both the EMT and AEMT courses. Initially, coming into UVM as a freshman student, I had no medical experience and had never even learned CPR. Over the course of 4 years I have learned much about emergency medicine, about the interventions and treatments available in the emergency department, as well as conducted research into cutting edge emergency medical treatments. Though my course work has been challenging, and my extracurriculars have kept me extremely busy throughout my time at UVM, I have loved every minute of the journey, and cannot wait to continue my education becoming a paramedic in Phoenix, Arizona. I would not have reached where I am today without the knowledge and encouragement provide to me from the staff and instructors of UVM's MMG program

    Tyler (Microbiology), graduated 2016