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...

    For me, UVM taught me a lot more than how to culture bacteria or run gels. By joining this major, you enter into a community of peers and mentors who all want to see you succeed. The MMG program gave me a strong foundation in the sciences, giving me options to pursue many different options post-grad. Most of the professors teaching MMG courses also serve as academic advisors for the major, leading to solid relationships that I will value throughout my career. At no point did I feel unable to ask for help if I needed it. UVM also provides exciting opportunities for undergraduate research in many different fields. The campus is adjacent to a Level I trauma center, where students are able to participate in research studies, like those in the emergency department. MMG classes prepare you to be a scientist, giving hands on experience with practical techniques used in many of the labs on campus. The MMG program provides a unique, challenging experience to any student interested in the sciences; I would recommend it without hesitation.

    Michael (Microbiology), graduated 2013