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 was originally an Animal Science major on the pre-veterinary track. After taking my first class in the MMG department, I was hooked, and immediately I couldn’t wait to take more MMG courses. During my sophomore year, I decided to double major in both Animal Science and Microbiology. This was the best decision I made while at UVM. The MMG courses are challenging, however the support provided makes them not only possible to complete successfully, but also fun. Because MMG is a relatively a small department, the students all immediately become life-long friends, and the faculty knew us all by name within weeks. I can’t say enough about the department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics – the advising, guidance, and friends I gained will make me a better person and professional into graduate school and beyond.

    Melissa (Microbiology), graduated 2013