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Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

For more information contact

David Tobin, PhD
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
DUMC Box 3054
Durham, NC 27710
(919) 684-9152


General Information

Degree offered:
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Test required:
GRE General: Optional. This program does not require applicants to provide GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or other graduate entrance exam scores, but does allow you to upload scores if you feel they enhance your application. If you choose to submit test scores, you may enter them on the Test Scores page. If you choose to enter self-reported test scores, official test scores will become a required component of your application. GRE Subject tests (Biology, Chemistry, or Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology): Optional
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Program Description

The Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology offers a range of opportunities for training in the use of molecular and genetic tools to solve biological problems. Current research interests focus on: (1) microbial pathogenesis, (2) RNA biology, (3) virology, and (4) experimental genetics and genomics. Members of the Department use a wide variety of experimental approaches (e.g., classical genetics, generation of transgenic animals, tissue culture models) and study a diversity of model organisms (budding yeast, worms, fruit flies, mice, zebrafish, and humans). The Department is extremely interactive. In addition to course work, students participate in a number of activities that enhance their training and facilitate interaction with each other, as well as with post-doctoral fellows and faculty.


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