Wake Forest University

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Medicine

Microbiology & Immunology


1834 Wake Forest Road

Reynolda Hall

Winston-Salem, NC 27106

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

The graduate program in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology provides a well-integrated curriculum designed to train students to become independent researchers in cellular, biochemical and molecular aspects of immunology, virology, and bacteriology. The Department of Microbiology and Immunology has a very strong commitment to graduate education as evidenced by the number and performance of our PhD graduates and the presence of an NIH-funded training grant in immunology and pathogenesis.

Opportunities are available for laboratory training in the cellular and molecular of bacterial and viral pathogenesis and immunology. This emphasis is also reflected in a pre-doctoral training grant in Immunology and Pathogenesis that was awarded to the Department by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

The great majority of the coursework is completed within the first academic year, enabling students to begin their dissertation projects in the subsequent summer. The most important element in our graduate program is training students how to effectively design and conduct a research project that leads to publication in the scientific literature.

Application to this PhD program is made through the Molecular and Cellular Bioscience Track. This unique track allows students to enter graduate school with the freedom and flexibility to explore several programs before committing to a specific research topic. A range of mentors can be selected whose research spans basic and translational fields of cutting-edge molecular and cellular biology.


Wake Forest University is accredited regionally by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC).

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999

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