Students seeking admission to the Molecular Microbiology Graduate Program apply to the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. Our goal is to recruit highly motivated students who have a deep interest in microbiological research, show evidence of facility with experimentation, are collegial and communicative, and whose ambition is to excel in research and/or teaching as a career.

Candidates for admission to the Graduate Program in Molecular Microbiology are recommended to have prior training in genetics, biochemistry, cell biology, organic chemistry, physics, and calculus.  A basic course in microbiology is also desirable. Acceptance is determined by the applicant's prospects of success, as demonstrated by such criteria as academic transcripts, references and GRE General Test scores.

The application process is completed on-line.  Details about the application process and important deadlines for applicants can be found on the Sackler School admissions pages.

The Molecular Microbiology program is committed to diversity and encourages applications from individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences that will enrich the mix of students on our campus. These include individuals from racial and ethnic groups, persons who come from an economically disadvantaged background or have disabilities that have been determined by NIH to be under-represented in biomedical sciences. At any point during the admissions process, applicants may request information about student services, including counseling and tutoring and other academic support. 

An applicant who is interested in the MERGE-ID track in the Molecular Microbiology Program will have the option to select if they wish to be considered for admission to the MERGE-ID Program through the online application.

Students being considered for admission will be invited to visit the Program for interviews with faculty members and interactions with current students.

Contact Information









Katya Heldwein, PhD
Program Director

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


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MERGE-ID is for PhD students who want to integrate clinical infectious disease problems into basic research on pathogenic mechansisms and host responses.

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Over 150 trainees have graduated from the Molecular Microbiology Program.

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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

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research