Immunology, Microbiology, and Virology Ph.D. Program

Students working in the Dewhurst Lab

The Immunology, Microbiology, and Virology (IMV) Program is designed for students interested in obtaining a Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology. As such, the program represents a group of faculty that may mentor a student pursuing thesis research toward the Microbiology & Immunology Ph.D. Students interested in a Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology should apply to the IMV Program for admission to graduate studies at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

We offer in-depth coursework and diverse research opportunities that focus on immunology, microbiology and virology.

The flexibility of our training program allows students to train in a number of exciting research areas including: cancer, autoimmune disease, respiratory pathogens and often allows students to develop highly effective interdisciplinary collaborations, resulting in cutting edge thesis projects.

Now offering special topics courses: Careers in Communication and Alan Alda Workshop!

Research Areas

  • Anti-infectives & Drug Discovery
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Biodefense
  • Cancer
  • Cell Biology
  • ESKAPE Pathogens, Hard-To-Treat Infections & Drug Resistant Organisms
  • Genetics, Genomics & Metagenomics
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Immune Regulation & Immunologic Mechanisms
  • Molecular Basis of Microbial Pathogenesis
  • Respiratory Pathogens
  • Vaccine Biology