Seminar-Based Courses

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Seminar Series

Our series of invited seminars is shared with the Immunology and Genetics Graduate Programs. Many of the speakers seek to engage students and faculty from all three programs; others are more program-specific. Students in the Molecular Microbiology Program are required to attend all seminars hosted by the Program and are encouraged to attend as many of the seminars sponsored by the Immunology and Genetics Programs as possible.

The seminars are traditionally presented on Wednesdays at noon and are followed by a catered lunch for students with the speaker.

Check the calendar for a schedule.  calendar

Research Workshop

Students, faculty and postdoctoral fellows present their research to the whole program annually. Students do so beginning in their third year and present every year until their thesis defense. We consider that learning to create professional quality presentations is an important part of the training experience.

Faculty members and other senior researchers help students to organize their data, create clear and informative slides, and present their work in an interesting and compelling manner.

A student’s presentation is often coupled to a meeting of the thesis advisory committee. The members of the thesis advisory committee offer critiques of the presentation and suggestions for improvement. All students are required to attend all research report meetings throughout their time in the program.

Journal Club

Starting in the second year and continuing through the fourth year, each student presents an annual journal club to the entire program (students, faculty, postdoctoral scholars and staff).

With the advice of the thesis mentor, the student chooses one or more papers of general interest that provide new and important insight into a compelling question in microbiology. The student is expected to place the paper in its appropriate context in terms of previous knowledge and to examine critically the experimental approaches and interpretation of results.

Some students choose to present subjects closely related to their thesis research; others opt to take on unrelated topics.

All students are required to attend all journal club meetings throughout their time in the program.


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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.

Apply to the Sackler School


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