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Microbiology and Immunology

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology offers programs leading to thePh.D., MSTP, DSTP, and M.S. degrees. The program of study for each student is planned jointly by the student and his/her Advisory Committee and is highly individualized according to the needs and goals of the student. The course of study includes an introduction to research and research ethics, advanced and elective courses in microbiology, immunology, molecular biology and/or further highly specialized graduate courses offered by the College of Graduate Studies.  In addition, each student must complete an original laboratory research project under the guidance of a senior investigator, write and defend a thesis on their project, and publish his or her work.

Research Facilities
The department comprises approximately 20,000 square feet of laboratory and office space in the Basic Sciences Building, Darby Children’s Research Institute, and Hollings Cancer Center.  In addition to the state-of-art laboratories  and tissue culture facilities optimal for research in all areas of microbiology and immunology, the department has access to multiple shared core facilities with advanced instrumentation for flow cytometry, genomics, lipidomics, proteomics, cell therapy, confocal microscopy, small animal imaging, and biostatistics. In additioin, the Department is supported by a gnotobiotic animal facility in close collaboration with the College of Dental Medicine for the study of microbiome in host immunity against a variety of diseases.

Candidates for the Ph.D. and M.S. degrees must satisfy requirements with regard to course work and thesis/dissertation. A minimum number of formal courses is required. The student’s program of study is under the approval of the department Graduate Program Committee. The thesis/dissertation emphasizes basic research, as well as translational and clinical research, and will be conducted under the direction of the student’s Advisory Committee while training students for independent thinking and research.

The Microbiology and Immunology graduate program faculty, numbering more than 35 individuals with doctorates from a variety of different universities, represents a wide range of research interests. Current areas of research interest in the program include tumor immunology and cancer immunotherapy; innate immunity, inflammation and immune regulation; T cell biology and application; immunoglobulin structure and genetics;complement biology and transplantation immunobiology; immune tolerance and autoimmunity; virology and host-virus interaction; bioremediation and microbial ecology, and infection control.  The Department interacts with clinical departments extensively including Medicine, Surgery, Pathology and Dermatology, thus permitting direct patient access.

Faculty Research Interests
Faculty research interests are listed on the Department of Microbiology and Immunology’s web page at


Last Published with Edits:July 29, 2016 11:25 AM
Last Comprehensive Review: July 2016

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