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Immunology, Microbiology and Virology PhD Program

The Immunology, Microbiology, and Virology (IMV) Program is designed for students interested in obtaining a Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology. 

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.

Housed in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, the Immunology, Microbiology, and Virology PhD Program (IMV) houses a diverse group of faculty with expertise in bacteriology, virology, fungi, and immunology. Students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in these disciplines should apply to the program.

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Our Program By The Numbers


Graduate Students

150 +

Publications in 2019


What Sets Us Apart

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Learn more about the core courses, electives, and lab rotations that will be part of the IMV curriculum.

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We support and guide trainees in several areas of research. Browse the current research our faculty and trainees are doing by research area.

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Mentor Relationships

Our students most commonly reference the personal relationships and valuable mentoring they receive as one of the top reasons why they recommend URMC.

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Upcoming Events

Targeted Radiation and IL-12 Immunotherapy Stimulate a Systemic Immune Response to Protect Against Pancreatic Tumor Recurrence - Thesis Seminar

Tara Vrooman
PhD Candidate, Immunology, Microbiology and Virology PhD Program

 Tue, Jul 30 @ 10:00 AM
 MC | K-207 (2-6408)Hybrid Event

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What Our Students and Alumni Say...

Brendaliz Santiago-Narvaez

"The mentorship and the exceptional research experiences I had in the IMV program prepared me for my academic career. The program really does a great job of addressing many of the skills you will need to be successful once you complete your training. Aspects of the program that have been invaluable to my career were: the opportunity to present my work to an audience regularly, the exceptional classes (that I still rely on to teach my own coursework!), the responsibility of developing and completing a research project of the highest caliber and the support of the faculty in providing expert insight into my work and its potential. As a student I was held at a very high standard. I would not have been able to set up my own lab (at Rollins), make the right decisions regarding my research and the management of my lab if it weren’t for my training at UR."

Brendaliz Santiago-Narvaez, PhD

Dr. Santiago-Narvaez is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. She teaches courses for the Biology and Biochemistry/ Molecular Biology Majors and also has her own independent research lab.

Contact Us

Program Coordinator

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Immunology, Microbiology and Virology PhD Program Coordinator
601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 672
Rochester, NY 14642
(585) 275-3402

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