The Cellular, Molecular and Biomedical Sciences (CMB) Ph.D. program was founded in 1971 (originally called the Cell Biology program) to meet the growing need to train scientists in the latest research techniques in a multidisciplinary setting. The CMB faculty of the University of Vermont (UVM) are from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, The College of Arts and Sciences, The College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and The College of Medicine. Graduate education at UVM is characterized by a collegial environment that stresses active mentorship and scientific excellence.

The central theme of the CMB program is to provide a rich experience at the forefront of modern biology focusing on collaborative research between students and investigators across the UVM campus. Currently the CMB program has 66 students and 80 faculty from 18 departments.

Our program is unique in its multi- and interdisciplinary nature that is not constricted by the boundaries of a typical size department–based program. The CMB curriculum is designed to provide flexibility. The number of required courses are kept to a minimum, yet still provide access to a diverse array of topics that can be tailored to the student according to his or her interests. In this way we provide the best possible training to prepare students to succeed in their future endeavors. We also encourage students to attend offsite training to broaden their academic and research knowledge.

Here are just some of the offsite training that our students have recently attended:

  • University of Illinois Center for the Physics of Living Cells (CPLC) summer course on single-molecule FIONA
  • University of Illinois Center for the Physics of Living Cells (CPLC) summer course on single-molecule FRET (smFRET)
  • Jackson Labs in Bar Harbor, Maine 54th/55th short course on Experimental and Mammalian Genetics
  • University of Washington, Seattle, course on Statistical Genetics
  • Rockefeller University, New York City, course on Advanced Gene Mapping

In 2016, UVM received the 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award.

Affiliated Departments

Our interdisciplinary program is comprised of highly dedicated research faculty in many departments across the UVM campus. This provides a rich learning environment that accommodates students with diverse scientific interests. Faculty members in the CMB program have primary appointments in the following UVM departments: