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Welcome to the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (MMG) at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine! Our Department has a long and distinguished history, with deep roots in microbiology, virology, biochemistry, and genetics.


Microbiology and Molecular Genetics faculty members play a major role in teaching basic sciences to medical school students. Teaching and mentoring of PhD and MD/PhD students are at the heart of the department’s mission. Under the direction of MMG faculty, students and fellows consistently publish their research in outstanding journals, present their science at national and international conferences, and progress to positions at prestigious laboratories and institutions.

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Secondary and Adjunct Faculty

Secondary and adjunct appointments strengthen the quality of our research and provide collaborative research interactions with current MMG faculty members.

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Post-Docs/Research Associates

Post-doctoral Fellows and Research Associates are vital members of the MMG community.  Their scholarly research spans a variety of disciplines.  Significant contributions to the University’s research enterprise results from their expertise, diligence, and stellar performance. 

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Research Staff

The daily routine and operation of the MMG research laboratories are managed by the highly competent lab staff.  The MMG laboratory managers, technicians, and specialists conduct detailed laboratory experiments to advance the goals of the scientists.

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Graduate Students

Graduate students in MMG are afforded the opportunity to work in strong and diverse research programs throughout the University’s School of Medicine. Interdisciplinary programs offer graduate training that cuts across disciplinary boundaries and prepares future scientist for the rapidly changing pace of modern biomedical science.

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Administrative Staff 

The Administrative Staff team provides departmental support in the areas of human resources, information technology, grant submission, budget monitoring, and travel arrangements. The office is located in Room 523 Bridgeside Point II. 

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The faculty of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics are proud of the men and women who have become accomplished scientists as a result of their research and studies at Pitt. Congratulations to all those who have graduated and have pursued endeavors in research, industry, or teaching.

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