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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    Once I decided to attend UVM I spent a lot of time choosing a major. I knew I wanted to study science, but I was unsure of what career I wanted to pursue in the future. The MMG curriculum was a perfect match for me and left a lot of options open after graduation, both in getting a job in a scientific field or pursuing further education. I chose to apply to dental school and found that the molecular genetics curriculum fulfilled all my requirements and also made me a strong applicant. The small size of the MMG department and the approachability of the professors allowed me to get outstanding advice on which classes to take as well as which extracurricular activities to participate in. Burlington has been an amazing place to spend the last four years. The city itself has a lot to offer and as an outdoor enthusiast I enjoyed nearby mountain bike trails, made frequent trips to ski resorts, and spent a lot of time in and on Lake Champlain.

    Brandon (Molecular Genetics), graduated 2012