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.

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    I transferred into the MMG program after taking MMG101 and MMG222 my sophomore year at UVM, and I am now an MMG advocate for life! It may be my inner nerd, but being a student in these courses was a blast. And not because they were easy – they make you work here, seriously. When people ask me why I love MMG so much the answer is very simple: the labs. The student laboratory exercises for MMG courses are a thousand steps up from general chemistry cookie-cutter labs. I looked forward to labs every week, not only because we actually got to do fun experiments, but I learned so much from each individual exercise – I can’t say either of those things are true for other lab courses I’ve taken at UVM. The other main reason why I’m an advocate for MMG is the staff. It’s like a family around here. The professors prefer you call them by their first name and love when you drop by just to chat. The advising teams in MMG are hands down the best. They have your best interests in mind, make sure they know exactly what you want to do with your degree and work next to you every step of the way. The faculty in this department are your best critics and friends, always pushing you to better your performance academically and in life beyond your degree. I am forever proud to be an MMGer.

    Amara (Microbiology), graduated 2012