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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. A major emphasis of the advanced coursework is extensive laboratory research in a specific area of immunology or microbial pathogenesis. Each student will complete an original, in-depth research investigation and document that investigation in the form of a written dissertation.

The overall educational objective 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. Skills learned are especially versatile because they allow students to work in most fields of cell and molecular biology, as well as more specialized areas of microbiology and immunology.

Faculty members and students explore diverse areas of inquiry related to the medical implications of microbes and the human body’s response to them.

This program emphasizes independent research training. Once you acquire a strong foundation in the core biomedical concepts, you will have flexibility in choosing advanced coursework in specific areas of interest.

Career Profile

Most graduates have gone to postdoctoral fellowships in university, government (NIH, NIOSH) or pharmaceutical companies. After their postdoctoral fellowships they have obtained permanent positions in academics, government and biotechnology companies.

Course Delivery Options

On-campus

Program Application Requirements

Resume/CV, 3 Letters of recommendation, Personal Statement

Graduate Program Application Requirements

All students interested in the Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis Ph.D. program must apply through the common admissions portal for all graduate programs in the Biomedical Sciences. Choice of the Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis program occurs during the first year of graduate study after selection of an adviser for your dissertation research.

Application includes a personal statement, transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation. Applicants must arrange to have official copies of transcripts and tests scores sent directly to the WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment, P.O. Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506-6510.

HSC Office of Research and Graduate Education: http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/resoff/graduate-education/phd-programs/biomedical-sciences/prospective-students/

Program Application Test Requirements

​GRE

Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline

​International - January 15 Domestic - February 15

Admissions Requirements

Resume/CV, 3 Letters of recommendation, Personal Statement

Admissions Requirements

All students interested in the Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis Ph.D. program must apply through the common admissions portal for all graduate programs in the Biomedical Sciences. Choice of the Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis program occurs during the first year of graduate study after selection of an adviser for your dissertation research.

Application includes a personal statement, transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation. Applicants must arrange to have official copies of transcripts and tests scores sent directly to the WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment, P.O. Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506-6510.

HSC Office of Research and Graduate Education: http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/resoff/graduate-education/phd-programs/biomedical-sciences/prospective-students/

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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