Greetings from the Chair

Beth Kirkpatrick, MDI welcome you to the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (MMG). MMG is uniquely positioned in two colleges at the University of Vermont: the Robert Larner, M.D., College of Medicine (LCOM) and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). At CALS, MMG hosts two outstanding undergraduate majors, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Our highly-recognized faculty educators work closely with our undergraduate students throughout their years at UVM as they become excellent scientists and innovative, critical thinkers.  At LCOM, our faculty are closely engaged with teaching and training medical students, as well as graduate students, in our Cellular, Molecular and Biomedical Sciences (CMB) Ph.D. program and Medical Master’s program.

MMG faculty are highly focused on research, which spans from basic-science inquiry in the fields of Microbiology; Cell, Molecular and Structural biology; to applied and translational research in human immunology, vaccine, and bioinformatics and genetics. The department hosts a nationally recognized team that is exploring the mechanisms of DNA Repair, research that is critically important to human diseases, including cancer. The recent addition of the Translational Global Infectious Disease Research (TGIR) COBRE and the UVM Vaccine Testing Center team to MMG complements our research portfolio by adding significant new depth in clinical and translational human immunology and vaccinology, as well as U.S. - based and international clinical trials, all with a focus on preventing and controlling infectious diseases of global importance.

Thank you for your interest in MMG. We look forward to hearing from you!

Beth Kirkpatrick, M.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Director, Vaccine Testing Center


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Our research addresses fundamental questions in eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell and molecular biology, using the methods of microbiology, genetics, biochemistry, bioinformatics, and structural biology. Unique opportunities await students majoring in Microbiology or Molecular Genetics at UVM. Our faculty give each student the individual attention necessary to help them succeed. Learn more about our faculty research and laboratories.

Undergraduate Programs

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Whether you're seeking a B.S. or a M.S. in Microbiology or Molecular Genetics, you'll find our department has broad teaching and research strengths ranging from molecular, structural, and computational biology to cellular and pathogenic microbiology and immunology. You will have access to a rich course curriculum and research laboratories where experienced and supportive faculty will guide your research and help you sharpen your scientific communication skills.

Learn more about our undergraduate programs.

Vaccines & Human Immunology

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The Vaccine Testing Center (VTC) studies human vaccines with the goal of understanding and preventing infectious diseases around the globe.  We are a diverse team of clinicians, scientists, laboratory personnel and study coordinators. Our lab teams focus on understanding immune correlates of protection and how humans respond to vaccines and defend themselves from infection and disease. Learn more about the VTC.

Upcoming MMG Seminar:

Nimrat Chatterjee, PhD Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

"Targeting translesion synthesis polymerase REV1 to combat cancer chemoresistance"

January 23, 2020

Medical Education Center (MedEd) 200, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Drs. Johnson and Guy Inducted into LCOM Teaching Academy

Johnson and Guy Teaching Academy 2020

On January 15, 2020, two Microbiology and Molecular Genetics faculty members received recognition from the Larner College of Medicine (LCOM) Teaching Academy

Dr. Douglas Johnson received the well-deserved honor of "Distinguished Educator," the highest level of membership in the Academy, and Dr. Rebecca Guy was inducted as a Teaching Academy Member. They joined Dr. Janet Murray ("Master Teacher") as our first three faculty in the Teaching Academy.

(From left to right: Kathryn Huggett, PhD, Director of the LCOM Teaching Academy; Beth Kirkpatrick, MD, Chair of the Department of MMG; Rebecca Guy, PhD, Instructor in MMG; Douglas Johnson, PhD, Professor in MMG)

Dr. Gary Ward Reading an article

MMG Professor Gary Ward, Ph.D., is a national leader in the effort to bring equity and open access to the world of research publications. Read the article in LCOM's Vermont Medicine (or view the flipbook) to learn about this important work.

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