Program Overview

NOTE – New for 2022 – Our program no longer requires GRE test scores for admission.

This program provides research and educational opportunities for students to master the principles of microbiology, immunology, virology, and molecular genetics. The department has a high faculty-to-student ratio, offers small class sizes, provides ample personal contact with faculty members, and has a strong core of grant-funded research programs. Faculty are a blend of senior and youthful investigators. Support is provided for students to present research findings at regional and national meetings.

Students can perform their dissertation research in one of several areas:

  • eukaryotic signal transduction
  • oncogenic transformation
  • metabolic regulation in bacteria
  • molecular mechanisms and regulation of bacterial pathogenesis
  • bacterial quorum sensing and cell signaling
  • interaction of human intestinal flora with the host
  • immunological regulation of T-helper cells and macrophages
  • T-cell development
  • viral induced apoptosis and pathogenesis
  • regulation of viral replication

For additional information regarding the Microbiology & Immunology Ph.D. Program, contact Dr. Richard Franklin, Associate Professor of Microbiology & Immunology and Graduate Program Committee Chair.