The Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Department of The University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston is highly committed to excellence in both research and education. Our faculty carry out research in the biology, pathogenesis, and molecular genetics of a wide variety of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbes. The Department is home to the Graduate Program in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and also offers the Medical Microbiology course taken by first year medical students at the UT-Houston Medical School.
MMG Graduate Program
Our graduate program faculty are internationally recognized leaders in microbiology or molecular genetics. We are committed to graduate education and have diverse research interests.read more
The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics faculty use prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbes to investigate basic biological problems and to study bacterial and fungal pathogenesis.
The Microbiology and Molecular Genetics offers the Medical Microbiology course taken by first-year medical students at The University of Texas-Houston Medical School.
The MMG Core Facility is now located in room MSB1.004 and provides automated DNA sequencing services for all interested researchers within the UT Health Science Center as well as other academic institutions.
2014 Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Seminar Series. Seminars are held at 10:30AM in MSB 2.135. Changes to location are noted.
Jan. 16 | Kevin McIver, Ph.D. (Univ. of Maryland) "Adaptation of the group A Streptococcus to host environments"
Jan. 30 | Dara Frank, Ph.D. (Medical College of Wisconsin) "Ubiquitin activation of a bacterial phospholipase toxin"
Feb. 6 | Wenshe Liu, Ph.D. (Texas A&M Univ.) TBD
Feb. 13 | Matthew Bennett, Ph.D. (Rice Univ.) "Robustness of synthetic gene circuits"
Feb. 20 | Jason Brickner, Ph.D. (Northwestern Univ.) TBD
Feb. 27 | Heidi Goodrich-Blair, Ph.D. (Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison) "Causes and consequences of intestinal colonization explored in a nematode-bacterium symbiosis"
Mar. 6 | Jeffrey Pleiss, Ph.D. (Cornell Univ.) "TBD"
Mar. 13 | Paul Babitzke, Ph.D. (Penn State Univ.) "Post-transcriptional control of gene expression: Going global with Csr"
Mar. 20 | Bibo Li, Ph.D. (Cleveland State Univ.) "Telomeres and protozoan parasite virulence"
- MMG student, Malik Raynor received an individual National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for his proposal, "Functional similarity of PRD-containing virulence regulators in B. anthracis". This F31 fellowship provides Malik with 3 years of support for his research training leading to his Ph.D.
- MMG Postdoctoral Fellow, Michelle Swick is a recipient of the ASM's 2013 Career Development Grant for Postdoctoral Women. Michelle is one of only 4 receipients who were recognized for scientific accomplishment and potential.
- Dr. Kevin Morano, was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Morano is among 388 newly-elected AAAS Fellows who were recognized by their peers for their efforts to advance science or its applications. The complete list of the new AAAS Fellows will be published in the 29 November issue of Science.
- As compiled by graduate students Kim Busiek, Katie McCallum and Jillian Morin