The Department of Microbiology and Immunology provides a challenging environment for students seeking to participate in research of the highest caliber. 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.
The Department 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. All of the laboratories are supported with extramural and/or intramural research funds, which provide a vigorous research environment for graduate study.
The Department of Microbiology and Immunology 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.