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 drawn into the program by looking at the statistics about the students on the wall. The group of Molecular Genetics majors were a highly successful group after graduation. A high percentage of them were going to graduate school, or medical school, or were working great jobs. I picked this as a major because I wanted to be like those kids. I think that the title "molecular genetics" sounds intimidating. Although, believe it or not, I have to say the courses aren't that hard. They are significantly easier than neuroscience courses, and I speak from experience. The courses take you step by step, starting out with baby steps, and you build on your knowledge base for the four years. In that way, the program is well designed. Also, the courses aren't just static information, what you learn is relevant and on the new frontiers of science. We learned about the Ebola virus, and about other pandemics.

    Amy (Molecular Genetics), graduated 2016