Graduate Studies

Program Overview

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,
  • regulation and evolution of bacterial antibiotic resistance,
  • 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, and
  • the biology of HIV and DNA vaccines with viral antigens.

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