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Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis

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administrative contact

Andrew Flinn
Assistant Director for Graduate Education
Health Science Center Office of Research and Graduate Education
arflinn@hsc.wvu.edu
phone: 304-293-7116
fax: 304-293-9257

program contact

Lisa Salati
Assistant Vice President for Graduate Education
Health Science Center Office of Research and Graduate Education
lsalati@hsc.wvu.edu
phone: 304-293-7759

Program Details

  • Major: Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis
  • Degree Program: Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis
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  • School of Medicine
  • Degree Designation: Doctoral (Ph.D.)

Program Description

The major objective of graduate education in the Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis Graduate Program is research training. To achieve this purpose, 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 in the graduate program 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 of the program 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 in this program 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.

Graduate education in 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 previous graduates of this program have gone to post-doctoral fellowships in university, government (NIH, NIOSH) or pharmaceutical companies. After their post-doctoral fellowships they have obtained permanent positions in academics, government, and biotechnology companies.

Delivery Methods Available

  • on campus

Graduate Program Application Requirements

Applicants must arrange for official copies of transcripts and test scores to be sent directly to the WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment at PO Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506-6510. If being sent by delivery service (Federal Express, UPS, etc) requiring a street address, please use WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment, 1500 One Waterfront Place, Morgantown, WV 26501. The program requirements listed below (if any) are in addition to the main WVU Graduate Application.

  • See "Additional Information" below for other requirements

English Language Proficiency

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. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

Additional Information

All students interested in the Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis PhD 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 advisor for your dissertation research that trains students in this program.

Application includes a Personal Statement, transcripts from all Colleges or Universities attended, GRE scores, and 3 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, PO Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506-6510.

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

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Prospective students should apply online at:
https://app.applyyourself.com/AYApplicantLogin/fl_ApplicantConnectLogin.asp?id=wvugrad.

Application Priority Dates and Deadlines

  • Fall Deadline: International - Jan. 15, Domestic - Feb. 15

Accreditation

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.