The Graduate Program in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology provides a stimulating environment for our graduate students who will play a leadership role in academic, government and industrial research and in international health organizations.
Advances in molecular and cell biology and genetics have opened new approaches to the basic and applied aspects of infectious disease and host defense. We are applying these approaches to studies of microbial pathogenesis, immune cell function, inflammation, receptor signaling, prokaryotic and eukaryotic gene regulation, genetic manipulation of cell functions, and vaccine development.
Techniques including functional genomics, gene delivery, and derivation of transgenic animals are being developed and utilized to address specific questions.
The Graduate Program in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology provides interactive, multi-departmental education and research training. Our graduates receive comprehensive education in molecular and cell biology, microbiology and immunology and in-depth training in their chosen area of research. Our Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. students train in the laboratories of participating faculty in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Department of Medicine, Institute of Human Virology, Greenebaum Cancer Center, Center for Vaccine Development, Institute of Genome Sciences, Mucosal Biology Research Center, and Department of Biomedical Sciences in the Dental School.
As part of the Graduate Program in Life Sciences at UMB, interaction between other graduate programs and departments facilitate broadening of the research experience and of graduate student life.
Students are well prepared for careers in academe, industry or government. Our ideal location within the nexus of biomedical research on the East Coast provides students with an unparalleled level of breadth and depth of expertise.