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 could not have asked for a better undergraduate experience, and I owe most of that to the MMG department. It is truly like a family. From the moment I began freshman year in MMG 001 to graduation, I had a great group of friends and incredible mentors to turn to every step of the way. I had the opportunity to take a wide range of classes, study abroad, do three years of undergraduate research culminating in a senior thesis, and participate in a myriad of extracurriculars, while still graduating on time. The classes were challenging, enriching, practical, and rewarding. Although I was only officially assigned one advisor I ended my time at UVM with a department of doors to knock on with questions extending far beyond the classroom. As a recent graduate I feel prepared, both academically and otherwise, to take on whatever lies ahead, whether that be the workforce, graduate school, or life in general. The faculty and staff lie at the heart of MMG and anybody with a passion for science would be foolish to turn them down.

    Kira (Molecular Genetics), graduated 2012