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Graduate Program (Ph.D.)

Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis

The major objective of graduate education in the Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis Graduate Program is research training. Students are grounded with a strong foundation in basic concepts of microbiology, microbial pathogenesis, and immunology and allowed flexibility in choosing advanced coursework in their specific areas of interest. Each student will complete an original, in-depth research investigation and document that investigation in the form of a written thesis or dissertation.

The overall educational objective of the program is to produce doctoral students capable of designing, performing, and directing independent research in Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis as well as teach at the highest academic levels.

Program Description

In general, four to five years are required to complete the Ph.D. program. Students have to complete core courses, take at least 30 hours of course work, pass candidacy exam (in written and oral), and defense dissertation research. Students will enter the program as second year students after successfully completing the common first year core curriculum, which is directed by the Office of Research and Graduate Education.


Applicants to the graduate program of Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis must have an earned bachelors or masters' degree from an accredited institution. Applicants should have a strong background in biological sciences, organic chemistry, physics, and mathematics.

The Office of Research and Graduate Education directs the Recruitment Committee and Admission Committee for the recruitment and selection of applicants into the first year core curriculum. The most up-to-date information on application dates and requirements can be found here: https://medicine.hsc.wvu.edu/micro/students/graduate-program-phd/

Review of applications begins in September and continues until all positions are filled. For maximum consideration, we recommend that you apply as early as possible. Qualified applicants will be invited for an in person interview during the months of December, January, February and March. Travel costs and accommodations are paid by the Health Sciences Center, Office of Research and Graduate Education. We will work with you to schedule travel and make hotel reservations.

Special Notices for International Applicants

Contact Information:

For additional information about our programs or the status of your application once it has been forwarded for review, please email: researchgrad@hsc.wvu.edu

For additional information about the Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis Program, please email the Program Director: Mariette Barbier, PhD, mabarbier@hsc.wvu.edu

To apply.

Financial Aid

Students in the Program will be supported by fellowships, traineeships, teaching assistantships, faculty research grants, and individual fellowships from outside sources. Support will include full tuition, health services and hospitalization insurance to the student, and a monthly stipend. The Financial Aid Office can provide more information.