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.
2013 Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Seminar Series. Seminars are held at 10:30AM in MSB 2.135. Changes to location are noted.
Oct. 10 | Jennifer K. Herman, Ph.D. (Texas A&M Univ.) "How to make a spore: Regulation of cell division and DNA replication during Bacillus development"
Oct. 17 | Susan Rosenberg, Ph.D. (Baylor College of Medicine) "How bacteria and cancer cells regulate mutagenesis and their ability to evolve"
Oct. 24 | Nancy Frietag, Ph.D. (Univ. of Illinois at Chicago) "From soil to cytosol: The pathogenic transition of the environmental bacterium Listeria monocytogenes"
Nov. 14 | Maria Hadjifrangiskou, Ph.D. (Vanderbilt Univ. School of Medicine.) "Two-component system cross-talk in uropathogenic E. coli: An Achilles heel or a necessary evil?"
Nov. 21 | Hays Rye, Ph.D. (Texas A&M Univ.) TBD
Dec. 5 | Vincent Lee, Ph.D. (Univ. of Maryland) "Cyclic-di-GMP regulation and biofilm-based infections"
Dec. 12 | Neal Silverman, Ph.D. (Univ. of Massachusetts Medical School) "Learning on the fly: Innate immune recognition and signal transduction in Drosophila"
- Dr. Theresa M. Koehler, Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, has been selected for induction into the new College of Science Hall of Distinction at Virginia Tech College of Science. The Hall of Distinction honors those individuals who best embody the College goals of enhancing the well-being and development of their local communities, the commonwealth, the nation or the world, and who through their deeds exemplifies Virgina Tech's motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). Dr. Koehler wil receive her award on November 1, 2013 at the Virginia Tech campus.
- MMG student, Melissa Robinson received an individual National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research for her proposal, "Oxidative protein folding of pilins and virulence in Gram-positive bacteria". The NRSA provides up to 5 years of support for research training leading to the Ph.D. or equivalent research degree in biomedical, behavioral, health services, or clinical sciences.
- As compiled by graduate students Kim Busiek, Katie McCallum and Jillian Morin