Opportunities for Graduate Study in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology
The Department of Microbiology and Immunology offers both the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree Programs. Both Programs include 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 applicants accepted into the Ph.D. Program as Graduate Research Assistants (Planning to apply). All applicants accepted into the Master's Program must be self-supporting, as financial assistance is not available at this time.
The degree requirements are very flexible to allow tailored programs of study. In addition to original dissertation research, the Ph.D. Degree Program ( Admission Requirements and Degree Requirements ) includes immunology, cell biology, biochemistry, molecular microbiology, laboratory rotations, research methods, participation in the Candidate Seminar Series and Journal Club, plus three courses from a broad range of electives. Both programs are designed to provide students with a strong background in integrated theory and mentored training in research design, grant writing, and oral presentation.
Areas of faculty research interest include molecular aspects of pathogenesis of infectious disease, and regulation of innate and adaptive immune responses in the contexts of autoimmunity, cancer, and infectious diseases. For more information, click on "faculty" or "immunology program" links on the left of the page. Areas of allied interest include microbiological and immunological aspects of cardiovascular disease, autoimmune diseases, cancer, diabetes, ophthalmology, surgical sepsis, and organ and bone marrow transplantation.
The department joined with the other four basic science departments within the School of Medicine to form the Integrated Programs in Biomedical Sciences (IPIBS) for the fall of 2001 semester. This approach will give students broad exposure to basic science disciplines and greater flexibility in choosing a dissertation research project and advisor during the first year in the program. To learn more about IPIBS please go to the website: The Integrated Programs in Biomedical Sciences
The University of Louisville School of Medicine offers a Physician Scientist training program for the fulfillment of requirements for M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. The comprehensive program includes two years in pre-clinical medical training, followed by graduate training in one of U of L's basic research departments, and two years of medical rotations for clinical training. To learn more about the MD/PhD program go to Degree Requirements on this web site and also http://louisville.edu/medschool/mdphd.