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Tufts University School of Medicine

Molecular Biology and Microbiology

Our mission is to improve global health by using molecular genetics and innovation to address fundamental and medically related problems in microbiology. Training is a core tenet of our approach, and our students, postdocs, and staff are key drivers of our scientific impact. We are committed to fostering a diverse scientific community and aim to improve our core values by promoting inclusivity, diversity, and antiracism. Our department was founded with community building, mentorship, and collaboration as central values, and we continue to prioritize this culture in our department. We believe that fostering an environment that welcomes a diversity of perspectives will lead to more innovative and impactful science.

a pair of Petri dishes with germinated Clostridium difficile spores

Our department serves the Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine and participates in the Tufts Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Members of the department are actively engaged in research on fundamental and medically related problems in microbiology and molecular genetics. They include the genetics and biochemistry of bacterial and fungal pathogens and their interaction with host cells, the mode of action of antibiotics and drug resistance, the intracellular organization of bacteria, mechanisms of transcriptional regulation, mechanisms of virus entry, gene expression, replication and assembly.

The teaching program of our department acquaints medical, dental and Masters in Biomedical Science students with the concepts of basic and molecular microbiology and mechanisms of host-parasite interactions. Our courses are offered during the first and second years of the medical and dental curricula.

Our department is located at the School of Medicine on the Health Sciences Campus of Tufts University. Opportunities to pursue research projects with faculty mentors during the school year or during the summer are open to medical, dental and undergraduate students from Tufts and other universities.

Our faculty members also participate in Tufts Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences-based interdepartmental graduate programs which train students for the PhD and the combined MD/PhD degrees. Advanced courses offered by these programs are available to qualified graduate, medical, and dental students.

  • Molecular Microbiology Graduate Program

    Reviewing experimental results

    A common interest in the biology of microbes and the effects of microbes on human and animal hosts.

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