Microbial Pathogens Training


Scanning EM of biofilm - Courtesy CDC Image Bank

Molecular Microbiology Program 

The Molecular Analysis of Microbial Pathogens is an NIH-funded training program based in the Molecular Microbiology graduate program of the Sackler School and includes faculty members from a number of departments of the Tufts University School of Medicine. The program trains predoctoral students with specific interests in microorganisms that cause infectious diseases, with emphasis on rigorous analysis of these pathogens and the immune responses that restrict them.

Program investigators direct detailed studies of pathogenic bacteria, viruses, fungi and eukaryotic parasites. Research topics include structural analysis of virus entry, viral evolution, viral oncogenes, intracellular bacterial pathogens, microorganisms that cause diarrhea and pneumonia, intracellular signaling, pathogen adhesion, genetic determinants involved in susceptibility to infection, vaccine development and identification of novel antimicrobial agents.

Our program has funding for five predoctoral trainees.

Contact Information

Administrative Office
M&V 4
Phone: 617-636-6750
Fax: 617-636-0337


Ralph Isberg, PhD
Program Director

Andrew Camilli, PhD
Admissions Director

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The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development