Teaching and Mentoring
MMG plays a major role in teaching basic sciences to the first-year medical school class in the areas of biochemistry, microbiology, and genetics. Jim Bina is the Director for the Medical Microbiology course for the first year medical students; Bill Goins 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.
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. Many MMG faculty are members of the graduate Program in Microbiology and Immunology (PMI). 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.
SURP offers research opportunities to undergraduates considering graduate education in biomedical research. Learn more about undergraduate program opportunities.