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PhD Program

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the Graduate Biomedical Sciences Program trains students pursuing the Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. degrees. A program of study and research is individually tailored for each student in consultation with the student’s adviser, departmental faculty and the dissertation committee. The training program is designed to ensure the achievement of significant accomplishments in the student’s principal research field, as well as broad interdisciplinary training in host-parasite interactions.Read More.

Departmental faculty and students participate actively in national and international scientific meetings pertaining to their respective fields of interest. The research programs encompass many areas of current scientific interest worldwide. Our faculty conducts research covering a broad range of interests including microbial pathogenesis, vaccine and diagnostics development, animal models of disease and mechanisms of inflammation and neoplasia. The collective expertise of the faculty is extensive and provides students with ample opportunities to learn from those who are working at the advancing edge of their fields.

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Program of Study

Doctoral students are required to complete core courses in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program and advanced courses in microbiology and immunology during the first two years of graduate training. Students are introduced to research during the first year by a program of rotations through faculty laboratories. Graduate students are admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree after successfully completing the required courses, passing a qualifying examination, and obtaining approval of the research prospectus by their dissertation committee. Minimum requirements include 48 hours of formal course work, seminar presentations, scholarly conducted research and successful defense of a dissertation.

Admission Information and Application Process

Predoctoral students admitted and matriculated in the Biomedical Sciences Program can choose to pursue their course of study and research training in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, soon after initiating their graduate program. Click here for more information.

 For an Application Form click here.

 For more information, contact Dr. Lucy Freytag, Departmental Graduate Student Director (lfreyta@tulane.edu).