The doctoral program in Microbiology and Immunology prepares students for careers in academia and industry in the research areas of microbiology and immunology. The curriculum is designed to provide a solid scientific background and includes advanced courses utilizing the expertise of our faculty members. Research areas include bacterial toxins, Lyme disease, biofilms and oral microbiology, bacterial genetics, B lymphocyte biology, NKT cells and humoral immunity, host immune response to Herpes simplex viruses, protective immunity to the malaria parasite, autoimmunity, role of major histocompatibility complex molecules in cancer and infection, and the role of IL-22 in inflamed tissues.
Students who complete a PhD program in Microbiology and Immunology find future employment in research and/or teaching at academic institutions, research institutes, biotechnology companies, pharmaceutical companies and clinical laboratory settings. The Microbiology and Immunology PhD program is part of the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (GPiBS) umbrella program. Please visit the GPiBS page for information about the program and free application process.