People

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.

Faculty

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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Alumni

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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Education

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

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.

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