The University of Texas Medical School at Houston
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Residency Program

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 more



Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Research


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.

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Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Continuing Education

Medical Education

The Microbiology and Molecular Genetics offers the Medical Microbiology course taken by first-year medical students at The University of Texas-Houston Medical School.

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Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Special Programs


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.

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  • 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.

    As compiled by graduate students Kim Busiek, Katie McCallum and Jill Losh