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.
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.
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).
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
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.