The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, is located just outside Washington, D.C., in Bethesda, Maryland. The campus is situated in an attractive, park-like setting on the grounds of the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) and across the street from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The University was established by the 92nd Congress in 1972 due to the efforts of Congressman F. Edward Hébert (D-LA). Accordingly, in 1983 the School of Medicine of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences was officially named the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine. The University provides qualified civilian and military students outstanding educational programs leading to a Ph.D. degree in basic sciences. In addition, the University provides a comprehensive education in medicine to eligible young men and women who demonstrate potential for and commitment to careers as physicians in the Uniformed Services. The relatively small size and outstanding Faculty allows for unusually close graduate student-faculty.
The Department of Microbiology and Immunology offers a Graduate Program leading to a Ph.D. degree. This Program, a component of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID), is designed for full-time students who wish to pursue professional research and academic careers in the various disciplines encompassed within Microbiology and Immunology. A broadly based core program of formal training is combined with an intensive laboratory research experience in Microbiology and Immunology. Research training emphasizes modern methods in molecular biology, cell biology, as well as interdisciplinary approaches. A wide range of interests is represented in the Department, including both basic and medical aspects of Bacteriology, Genetics, Virology, Immunology, Parasitology, Infectious Diseases, and Pathogenic Mechanisms. All of the laboratories are supported with extramural and/or intramural research funds, which provide a vigorous research environment for graduate study. Individual faculty members work closely with graduate students in their laboratories. In addition, each student has a faculty advisory committee that is customized for his/her specific interests. The Department is housed close to the Departments of Biochemistry, Anatomy and Cell Biology, and Molecular Pathology. Cooperation among these Departments facilitates intellectual exchange and collaboration among the Graduate Programs. Interdepartmental Graduate Programs, such as the Neuroscience and the Molecular and Cell Biology Programs, also serve to increase communication and training opportunities for our students.
The Department occupies approximately 15,500 square feet of space in the modern and well-equipped research wing of the Hébert School of Medicine. The diverse research projects directed by the Department's faculty are supported by numerous special resources including large volume fermentation facilities, a PhosphorImager, a real-time PCR machine, FACSCAN and fluorescent cell sorters, automated oligonucleotide and peptide synthesizers, automated DNA sequencing facility, mass spectrometry, high- resolution transmission and scanning electron microscopes, confocal microscopes, a BL-3 biohazard containment laboratory suite, and state-of-the-art computer facilities. In addition, the certified central animal facility includes a facility for the development of transgenic mice. The Library/Learning Resource Center (LRC) houses more than 521,000 bound volumes, subscribes to nearly 3,000 journals (print and on line), and maintains 100 IBM and Macintosh personal computers for use by students, faculty members, and staff members.