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About the Program

NOTICE: the MGMI program has officially merged with the MMG program at Rutgers.  New students, see the MMG website for program requirements.

As of December 14, 2011, the Molecular Genetics, Microbiology and Immunology program at the GSBS-RWJMS is officially merged with the Rutgers Microbiology and Molecular Genetics program. The new program will retain the designation of "Microbiology and Molecular Genetics."  This comes with some slight changes in the program requirements, but these ONLY APPLY TO STUDENTS ENTERING THE PROGRAM IN 2012 AND BEYOND.

Current MGMI students are still subject to the program requirements on these pages.  New students should see the current MMG website for program requirements.  Please note that additional courses will be offered so the current requirement that all students take "Microbial Life" will be changing.  Please stay tuned for updates.

For questions, please contact the program directors:

MMG at GSBS-RWJMS: Paul Copeland

MMG at Rutgers: Drew Vershon

The graduate program in Molecular Genetics, Microbiology, and Immunology (MGMI) is a broad interdisciplinary program leading to the Ph.D. degree.  MGMI also participates in the MD/PhD training program here at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.    Some of the research topics studied in MGMI include: viral and bacterial pathogenesis, the molecular biology and biochemistry of gene regulation, cell defenses and survival, the cell biology and biochemistry of signal transduction as well as yeast and mammalian genetics.   MGMI participates in the Molecular Biosciences program, which is a consortium of graduate programs here at Rutgers University.  Most students enter our program through the Molecular Biosciences program, which offers a joint first year curriculum and which provides a competitive stipend, health care coverage and tuition remission.  In addition to course work, the first year curriculum includes rotations in at least three different laboratories to allow each student to identify a suitable laboratory for performance of their thesis work.  In the second year, each student enters a specific program participating in the Molecular Biosciences Umbrella Program such as MGMI.  Selection of the specific program is dependent upon the laboratory the student chooses for their thesis work and upon the program membership of their thesis advisor.  A student will then typically remain in their specific program until completion of their Ph.D. requirements.  For further information please see the other sections in our program website, or please visit the following websites Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Graduate Programs in Molecular Biosciences .


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