Teaching and Mentoring

Medical Courses

MMG plays a major role in teaching basic sciences to the first-year medical school class in the areas of biochemistry, microbiology, and genetics. Bruce McClane is the Director for the Medical Microbiology course. Bruce has received the Kenneth E. Schuit Dean‘s Master Educator Award and the Excellence in Education Award, and was named Course Director of the Year by first-year medical students in both 2008 and 2009. Seema Lakdawala directs the Medical Microbiology Laboratory course, which also provides teaching opportunities for many of our PhD students. Martin Schmidt directs the Fuel Metabolism course, while Saleem Khan leads the Medical Genetics course. Nearly all MMG faculty participate in the first-year medical school curriculum, giving lectures and serving as facilitators for problem-based learning in small group sessions.

Graduate Programs

MMG faculty are also actively involved in teaching and mentoring of both PhD and MD/PhD students. MMG faculty mentors strive to foster critical thinking, communication skills, and the creative synthesis of new ideas based on mastery of diverse experimental methods. All MMG faculty are members of the graduate Program in Microbiology and Immunology. Many others are also affiliated with the School of Medicine’s Interdisciplinary Biomedical Graduate Program, PhD Programs in Integrative Systems Biology and Molecular Biophysics and Structural Biology, as well as the Medical Scientist Training Program.

Undergraduate Program

SURP offers research opportunities to undergraduates considering graduate education in biomedical research. Learn more about undergraduate program opportunities.


Research Areas

MMG faculty members are investigating some of the most important questions facing biomedical research today. For example, how do microorganisms interact with their hosts to cause disease? What are the basic molecular mechanisms that control cellular growth, division, and differentiation? What changes in normal cellular growth regulation account for aging, cancer, and other diseases? How can basic knowledge in these areas be harnessed as novel approaches to disease prevention and drug discovery?

Grant support from a wide range of sources supports the research mission of MMG in addressing these critical issues. MMG faculty members are supported by the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, the March of Dimes, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.



MMG‘s unwavering mission is to remain a leader in genetics and microbiology research, and to provide excellence in teaching and mentoring at all educational levels. MMG maintains strong, diverse research programs and plays a significant role in the educational missions of the School of Medicine. Our goal is to continue to foster an environment where all members of the department can enhance their scientific development.


The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (MMG) at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has a distinguished history in the advancement of biomedical research as well as training the next generation of scientists and physicians. Learn more>

Directions to Bridgeside Point II

Most of MMG's faculty and research labs were recently relocated to a new facility, Bridgeside Point II, alongside the Monongahela River. 

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