Graduate Studies

Graduate Program

The Ph.D. program in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics is designed to prepare candidates for research careers in academics, industry, and government laboratories. The program has at its heart a close student-mentor relationship that allows for the maximum flexibility in the development of independent and creative scientists. Students will have the opportunity to join faculty research programs across a spectrum of topics including: pathogenic microbiology, virology, cancer cell and molecular biology, and cellular and molecular immunology. Specific research areas include microbial physiology, bacterial pathogenicity, cellular and molecular immunology, tumor immunology, lymphocyte differentiation, membrane biology, molecular virology, molecular genetics, and gene regulation. Students will utilize the techniques of molecular biology, genetic engineering, genomics, array technology, transgenic technology, hybridoma technology, and fluorescence-activated cell sorting.

The program of study is tailored to the individual background and career goals of the student and stresses an interdepartmental approach both in the selection of courses and in the pursuit of research. The most important aspect of the doctoral program is an independent research thesis under the direction of the student's mentor. Students are expected to participate in graduate seminars, journal clubs, and research seminars, to interact with visiting scholars and to present the results of their research at local and national meetings. Financial aid is available for qualified students.

Click Here to view a copy of the 2019-2020 Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics Graduate Program handbook.

Integrated Biomedical Sciences (IBS)

All students pursuing degrees in the biomedical sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine are admitted through the Integrated Biomedical Sciences (IBS). This first-year core curriculum provides broad-based exposure to biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, cell signaling and integrated physiology and flexibility in selecting a research emphasis among 175 faculty in the six participating departments: Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, Anatomy and Neurobiology, Biochemistry, Physiology, Pharmacology and Toxicology. Students select their doctoral program among the six participating departments at the completion of the first year core curriculum. The doctoral degree is awarded in the program chosen, for example, in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics.

Information regarding the Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics program and admission through the Integrated Biomedical Sciences may be obtained from:

Dr. Carol Pickett
Director of Graduate Studies
UK Department of Microbiology, Immunology, & Molecular Genetics
MN 374 Medical Science Building
800 Rose Street
Lexington, KY 40536-0298