The Doctor of Philosophy degree is the highest degree offered by the University. It is conferred only for work of distinction in which the student demonstrates outstanding original scholarship. The major emphasis of the doctoral program in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology is to provide an environment for the student to learn how to think; to ask questions and to answer them in the laboratory and library; to write and communicate; and to develop into a mature, articulate, and competent biomedical scientist.
The Doctoral Program in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology is quite demanding, but is designed to train the student in the art and science of biomedical research, and to give him/her the experience necessary to become an independent scientist. Former students from the Department have an outstanding record of achievement in their subsequent careers, including in academic faculty positions, research and management in biotech and pharmaceutical industries, science writing, forensics, and government laboratories.
Several features of our Program provide exceptional training compared to other national programs: