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.
2012 Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Seminar Series. Seminars are held at 10:30AM in MSB 2.135. Changes to location are noted.
Jan. 31 | Josephine Chandler, Ph.D. (Univ. of Washington) Cell-cell communication and competition: Quorum-regulated social behaviors in Burkholderia thailandensis"
Feb. 26 | Soo Chan Lee, Ph.D. (Duke Univ. Medical Center) "Sex, dimorphism and virulence in the pathogenic fungi"
Feb. 28 | Nicholas De Lay, Ph.D. (NIH/National Cancer Institute) "How do small RNAs mediate large changes in bacterial behavior?"
Mar. 7 | Tim Cooper, Ph.D. (Univ. of Houston) "Mutation interactions, evolvability and the repeatability of adaptive evolution"
Mar. 14 | William Doerrler, Ph.D. (Louisiana State Univ.) "The DedA membrane protein family"
Mar. 21 | Mike Gustin, Ph.D. (Rice Univ.) "Response of Candida albicans to nitrosative stress"
Mar. 28 | Adriana Rosato, Ph.D. (The Methodist Hospital) "Role of cell wall signaling and SOS response in maintaining -lactam resistance in MRSA strains
Apr. 11 | Judith Frydman, Ph.D. (Stanford Univ.) "From the cradle to the grave: Protein folding and misfolding in health and disease"
Apr. 18 | Jason Carlyon, Ph.D. (Virginia Commonwealth Univ.) "Interior decorating: Anoplasma phagocytophilum remodeling of its host cell-derived vacuole"
- Graduate student Naomi Bier received the 2013 Daniel Lee Mattis Scholarship Award from the National Council of Jewish Women Career Branch.
- Congratulations to Graduate Student Malik Raynor, who received 1st place among the graduate students with his poster presentation at the MBID retreat, and Postdoctoral Fellow Slavena Vylkova, who received 1st place among the postdoctoral fellows for her poster presentation at the MBID retreat.
- Graduate student Jessica Galloway-Peña received a 2012-2013 President's Research Scholarship awarded by the Presidents of UT Health and UT MD Anderson Cancer Center for senior GSBS doctoral students who have achieved distinction in research.
- Students Jennifer Abrams and Jennifer Herricks received the Robert D. Watkins Fellowship. A small number of Watkins Fellowships are awarded annually by the American Society for Microbiology to highly competitive graduate students who are enrolled in a Ph.D. program and who have completed their graduate course work in the microbiological sciences.
- Graduate Student Alexandra Marshall was awarded the 2012-2013 Marilyn and Frederick R. Lummis, Jr., M.D. Fellowship in Biomedical Sciences.
- As compiled by graduate students Kim Busiek, Katie McCallum and Jacob Verghese