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About The Program

J. Scott Butler, Ph.D. 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

PhD Applicants

Fellowship Package for Full-time Students

  • Full tuition scholarship, including all fees. Tuition and Fee Schedule
  • A competitive stipend for 2019-2020 of $29,567 per year for 12 month programs or $24,639 per year for 10 month programs.
  • Single coverage AETNA student health insurance policy.
  • Refund Schedule

Health Insurance

The University Health Service (UHS) provides a full range of confidential, high quality primary health care services for full-time students and other members of the University community.

Full-time students participate in the Student Health Program, which covers primary care visits to UHS, time-limited therapy at the University Counseling Center (UCC), and health promotion services.

UHS offers health insurance for individual full-time University of Rochester students and their spouses/domestic partners through AETNA. Full-time students are required to participate in this plan unless they complete the Health Insurance Selection Process indicating they are waiving the insurance plan because they have other insurance. Insurance for spouses/partners and families is available for a fee payable by the student.

Related Departments

The Bursar’s Office

Office of Financial Aid

Completed applications must be received by December 1st for consideration for Fall semester admission (new students are only admitted for Fall semester).