Microbiology and Immunology

PhD Graduate Degree Requirements
Degree Requirements
Doctor of Philosophy


Students who wish to be admitted to the PhD program in the department will take core courses and do laboratory rotations as outlined for the IGPBS Program in their first year. Once a student selects an Advisor within the department, core courses and two advanced courses (shown below) are required. During this time the student will begin dissertation research. Before the end of the second year, all candidates are expected to take the comprehensive qualifying examination, which consists of a written proposal in the format of a NIH grant application and an oral presentation to defend the proposed studies. A successful passage of this qualifying exam advances the candidate to the status as a Ph.D. student. A Research committee will be selected at this time according to the Graduate School Catalog.

Succeeding years are devoted primarily to dissertation research. Progresses of the students will be subjected to annual evaluation by the Research committee. Ph.D. students are expected to complete the programs by defending the thesis research. The final thesis may consist of a brief introduction followed by multiple chapters in the format of manuscripts accepted for publications in relevant journals.

Graduate SGPS Catalog

Core Courses

GMIC 600 A & B Microbiology and Immunology (PhD students) (fall/winter)
MMIC 660 A & B Medical Microbiology and Immunology (MD/PhD) (fall /winter)
GMIC 605 Molecular Biology Techniques (2 Units)

Selection of two (2) advanced courses from the following list:
GMIC 503 Virology (spring)
GMIC 560 Advanced Immunology (winter)
GMIC 606 Cancer Biology and Signaling (winter)

Additional Program Requirements-participation required in all quarters
GMIC 532 Journal Club
GMIC 533 Microbiology and Immunology Seminar

Elective Seminar
GMTD 709 MCS Seminar Series (2nd Wednesday each month)

UPDATED: 05.09.2012

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