Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics (MIMG) Graduate Program


Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics Graduate Program - Admissions

Students matriculate into the MIMG Graduate Program through two routes:

  • the Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences (IDP), and
  • the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP, the MD/PhD Program)

The IDP is an 18-month feeder program designed to provide entering graduate students with a core curriculum and laboratory training opportunities. Faculty participating in the IDP include researchers from the Departments of: Biochemistry; Biophysics; Cell Biology, Neurobiology, and Anatomy; Microbiology & Molecular Genetics; and Pharmacology and Toxicology. Secondary faculty affiliated with the IDP departments come from the Departments of: Pediatrics, Medicine, Pathology, and Surgery as well as the Blood Research Institute. Students apply directly to the IDP through the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and once enrolled are assigned an IDP Faculty Mentor who monitors the student's transition into graduate school, assesses their research interests, and advises the student on potential research rotations and other matters of concern. The IDP Mentor is associated with the student until a thesis laboratory is selected (18 months). IDP students complete a common first year core curriculum and four nine-week research rotations in laboratories that are potential sites for dissertation research. A fifth, abbreviated rotation is possible for students who fail to identify a research mentor after four rotations. Students are supported for 18 months by the Graduate School, at which time support is transferred to faculty grants or other sources.

The second pool of high-quality trainees derives from the MSTP. Upon completion of the first two years of medical school, these individuals select mentors from throughout the college and, if in the Department of Microbiology or Molecular Genetics, complete a curriculum that is substantially similar to those who enter through the IDP.

Details on admission to IDP

If you are interested in receiving an information packet from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, please signup online.

Individuals who are interested in applying to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences/Interdisciplinary Graduate Program should complete application online.

Details on admission to MSTP