Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology

Major: MBIO
Degree Awarded: Ph.D.
Unit: GM
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/medschool/microbiology/

Program Information

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology, in the School of Medicine, offers a program of study leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. The Ph.D. program includes training in a broad range of research areas using state-of-the-art immunological, microbiological, and molecular technologies. A competitive stipend, health care benefits, a full waiver of tuition and fees are provided to all applicants accepted into the Ph.D. Program.

Program Admission Procedure

For admission to the Ph.D. program, the applicant must have attained a B.S or B.A. degree with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 point scale).  In addition, the following should be submitted online directly to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, Graduate Admissions: http://louisville.edu/graduate/apply

  • A completed application form and $60 application fee
  • Official scores of the General Test Section of the Graduate Record Examination and the TOEFL (when applicable)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A brief statement of purpose describing interests and career goals
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work (mailed to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, Graduate Admissions)

The applicant must meet the other general requirements of the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies as outlined in the General Information section of this catalog.  The application deadline is March 1st each year. Submission prior to March 1 is strongly encouraged in order to ensure that all required materials (especially letters of reference) are received by the deadline. The applicant is expected to have completed the following undergraduate courses prior to admission to the Ph.D. program: One year of introductory biology, one year of organic chemistry, one year of physics, one semester (or equivalent ) of introductory calculus, and one semester of biochemistry.

Prospective students may be invited for a personal interview with members of the admissions committee and departmental faculty as part of the application process.

Curriculum

Required Courses:

Required Courses
Course Title
Credit Hours
Semester
MBIO 601
Molecular Microbiology
2
Fall
MBIO 602
Immunology
3
Fall
BIOC 667
Cell Biology
3
Spring
BIOC 645
Biochemistry I
4
Fall
MBIO 606
Seminar/ Journal Club
1(x2)
Fall & Spring
MBIO 600
Lab Rotations in Microbiology and Immunology
1(x2)
Fall & Spring
MBIO 610
Methods and Analysis in the Biomedical Sciences
2
Fall
MBIO 604
General Virology
1
Spring
BIOC 606-03
Survival Skills and Research Ethics
1
Spring
BIOC 603 03
BMG Statistics
2
Summer
MBIO 619
Research
1-12
Fall, Spring & Summer

Elective Courses:

Select three courses from the list of suggested electives
Course Title
Credit Hours
Semester
MBIO 621
Advanced Immunology: Innate and Adaptive Immunity
2
Spring
MBIO 622
Advanced Immunology of Disease
2
Fall
MBIO 689
Microbiota in Health and Disease
2
Fall
MBIO 687
Microbial Pathogenesis
2
Spring
Other Approved Graduate Courses:
BIOC 668
Molecular Biology
4
Fall
BIOC 675
Cancer Biology
4
Spring
BIOC 647
Adv. Biochemistry II
4
Spring
at least 1 elective must be in the Department MBIO
Note:
** Students enrolled in the M.D./Ph.D. Joint Degree Program, who have completed step I of NBME, will have satisfied all of the required course requirements except seminar, Research Ethics, Research Methods and research. Three electives will be required. They will be required to satisfactorily complete the Qualifying Exam and successfully defend a dissertation research project, in addition to attending all journal club sessions and seminars.

Program of Study
Upon successful completion of the required course work, maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA, and upon the recommendation of the advisor or chair, the student may take the Ph.D. Qualifying Examination. The Qualifying Examination will consist of a written research proposal outside of his/her area of primary research and oral defense of the project. Three to five faculty with expertise in the area of the proposal will be selected by the chair to serve as the Examining Committee. The student may enter degree candidacy upon receipt of satisfactory judgment from the Examining Committee and successful completion of the final semester of coursework.

Selection of a Research Advisor, Dissertation Committee and Research Proposal

Selection of the Research Advisor and specific research area is one of the most important decisions of the student’s entire graduate training program, and is a joint decision by the student and faculty member. Students must select a Research Advisor for their dissertation research by the end of their first year. Selection of the Research Advisor and formation of the Dissertation Committee must be approved by the Department Chair and the Dean of the School of Medicine (or their designees).  The potential advisor must agree, in writing, to provide stipend and candidacy fee support from his/her research funds, following fellowship support. Upon approval of the Research Advisor, the student will formally decide upon a dissertation research project. The student and Research Advisor will form a Dissertation Committee with five (5) graduate faculty members. The committee will be composed of the advisor, three faculty members of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and one additional graduate faculty member from another department. If the advisor does not have a primary appointment in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, one of the three other departmental members with a primary appointment in the department must serve as Co-Advisor. The Chairman of the Department may serve as an ex-officio member of the committee.

The committee will meet regularly to evaluate progress of the research(at least once per year). The student will also be required to present a research seminar to the department annually on this progress. When the dissertation research is completed, the committee will conduct the final oral examination in accordance with the guidelines in the General Information section of this catalog.

Faculty

Pascale Alard

Associate Professor

Haribabu Bodduluri

Professor

Carolyn Casella

Assistant Professor

Donghoon Chung

Associate Professor

Donald R. Demuth

Professor

Nejat Egilmez
Professor

Chair

G. Rafael Fernandez-Botran

Associate Professor

James E. Graham

Associate Professor

James B. Hoying

Professor

Suzanne Ildstad

Professor

Venkatakrishna R. Jala

Assistant Professor

Henry Kaplan

Professor

Michele M. Kosiewicz

Associate Professor

Deepa Kolaseri Krishnadas

Assistant Professor

Yousef Abu Kwaik

Professor

Richard J. Lamont

Professor

Matthew Lawrenz

Associate Professor

Bing Li

Associate Professor

Pinghui Liu

Professor

Ken Lucas

Professor

Igor Lukashevich

Professor

Gary S. Marshall

Professor

Nobuyuki Matoba

Associate Professor

Richard D. Miller

Associate Professor

Robert Mitchell

Associate Professor

Thomas C. Mitchell
Professor

Director of Graduate Studies

Kenneth E. Palmer

Professor

Jan S. Potempa

Professor

David Powell

Associate Professor

Julio Ramirez

Professor

Jill Steinbach Rankins

Assistant Professor

Mariusz Ratajczak

Professor

Susanna K. Remold

Associate Professor

Carolyn Roberson

Assistant Professor

Russell D. Salter

Professor

Nathan Schmidt

Assistant Professor

David Scott

Professor

Hui Shao

Professor

Haval Shirwan

Professor

James W. Snyder

Professor

David Stirling

Assistant Professor

Uldis N. Streips

Professor

James T. Summersgill

Professor

Jill Suttles

Professor

Silvia M. Uriarte

Associate Professor

Huizhi Wang

Assistant Professor

Jonathan Warawa

Associate Professor

Micah Worley

Associate Professor

Kavitha Yaddanapudi

Assistant Professor

Jun Yan

Professor

Debbie Yoder-Himes

Assistant Professor

Esma Yolcu

Associate Professor

Huang-Ge Zhang

Professor

Heshan Sam Zhou

Associate Professor