MCW’s Microbiology & Immunology PhD program emphasizes research in areas such as bacterial/microbial pathogenesis, cancer, immunogenetics, immunotherapy, and microbiomes, among others. The Department of Microbiology & Immunology is home to the Facility for Electron Microscopy, which provides service, training and consultation for research projects requiring transmission electron microscopy.
Students interested in Microbiology & Immunology research can enter the program through the Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Science. All admitted students start in the Fall and progress through a core curriculum while rotating in 3-4 labs during their first full year. A qualifying exam is taken during the second year, with degree requirements fulfilled after students have successfully written and defended their dissertation.
All full-time, degree-seeking PhD students at MCW receive a generous financial aid package, including full tuition remission, a stipend of over $29,000/year, and complimentary health insurance (including vision & dental). Average time to degree completion for all MCW PhD students is 5 ½ years. MCW as an institution has the lowest faculty-to-student ration in the world (0.6 students for every 1 faculty member).