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.
May 1 | Clay Fuqua, Ph.D. (Indiana Univ. Bloomington) Sticking to your point: Control, deployment and biosynthesis of a unipolar adhesin for Agrobacterium tunefaciens"
May 8 | Yousif Shamoo, Ph.D. (Rice Univ.) "Evolutionary reconnaissance: Forecasting future mechanisms of antibiotic resistance"
- MMG Professor Bill Margolin has been chosen as a 2-14-2015 American Society for Microbiology Distinguished Lecturer. The American Society for Microbiology Distinguished Lecturer (ASMDL) Program (formerly known as the ASM Branch Lectureships or Waksman Foundation for Microbiology Lectures) annually selects a scientifically diverse group of distinguished lecturers to deliver lectures at ASM Branch meetings throughout the country. Lecturers are chosen through a competitive nomination process, and only the most distinguished lecturers and researchers are chosen to participate in the program.
- Joaquin Villegas was awarded 1st place in the Presentation in the Research Poster Category at the National Hispanic Medical Association Conference in Washington, DC on March 29, 2014 for his poster entitled, "Localization of the Virulence Regulator AtxA in Bacillus anthracis Cells". Joaquin is a 2nd year medical student who is conducting research in the laboratory of Dr. Theresa Koehler, in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics.
- Graduate Student Malik Raynor, was awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA F31 predoctoral fellowship. His project, "Functional similarity of PRD-containing virulence regulators in B. anthracis" is being researched in the Koehler lab and will be supported by this fellowship for 3 years.