About The Program J. Scott Butler, Ph.D. IMV Program Director 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. More than 60 faculty members with varied research interests contribute to the activities of the program. The program is “home” to first year students; at the end of the first year, students choose a Ph.D. program (usually Microbiology & Immunology) and permanent advisor. Advisors and Ph.D. Programs In the first year of study, students complete 3 or 4 research rotations before choosing a permanent advisor. Students matriculate into the Ph.D. program in Microbiology & Immunology or may choose another program at the end of the first year of study. Financial Aid All students admitted receive: Full tuition scholarship Paid health insurance Annual stipend $27,316 Learn more about financial aid options Completed applications must be received by January 1st for consideration for Fall semester admission (new students are only admitted for Fall semester).