Medical Microbiology (MM) Option

Tonsils with strep throat

Strep throat is caused by a bacterium called Streptococcus pyogenes. This pathogen grows as white patches over the tonsils and oropharynx. You can see the small hemorrhages and reddening in the back of the throat. The tongue is pressed down with a tongue depressor.

The Medical Microbiology (MM) option is a curriculum specifically for students interested in the intersection of the microbial world and the life sciences.

Medical microbiology areas of study:

  • Pathogenic mechanisms and immunology
  • Host-microbe interactions
  • Virology
  • Molecular microbiology
  • Community-based concepts in infectious diseases.

Career options for medical microbiology graduates:

  • Research scientists/laboratory technicians in clinical laboratories in hospitals and industry, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, academic biomedical research programs, and forensic laboratories.
  • Secondary school education (in conjunction with courses in education)
  • State and federal government employment  in public health labs, health inspector (e.g., U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

Post-baccalaureate education pursued by medical microbiology graduates:

  • Medical school and dental school
  • Graduate programs in biomedical science, public health, or business administration
  • Allied health programs (physician assistant, pathologists’ assistant programs)

Questions? Contact:

Timothy Montminy, Ph.D.

Lecturer, Medical Microbiology Option Coordinator
Rudman Hall, Room 283
Durham, NH 03824
(603) 862-5175