Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Biosciences

Immunology & Infectious Disease

Infectious disease photo

The Immunology and Infectious Disease emphasis area provides students with a Ph.D. program that focuses on cancer immunology; immune mediated diseases; infectious disease dynamics; and viral, bacterial, and parasitic pathogenesis. 

In addition to specialized coursework, students conduct original research in collaboration with a faculty mentor into basic mechanisms of disease, often utilizing animal models. 

Immunology & Infectious Disease Faculty

Courses

Students choose one course with a quantitative focus, plus nine credits of courses from the list below:

Primary recommended courses (in addition to the core courses)

  • VBSC/MICRO 410 Principles of Immunology (3)
  • VB SC 432 Advanced Immunology: Signaling in the Immune System (3)
  • MCIBS 511 Molecular Immunology (2)
  • VBSC 597A Immunology and Infectious Disease Journal Club
  • STAT 500 Statistics (3)

Additional recommended courses (to be taken at the discretion of the student, adviser, and doctoral committee).

  • VB SC 418 Bacterial Pathogenesis (2)
  • VB SC 435 Viral Pathogenesis (2)
  • BIOL 439 Practical Bioinformatics (3)
  • BIOL 497A Evolution of Infectious Disease
  • STAT 501 Regression Methods (3)
  • STAT 503 Design of Experiments (3)
  • MCIBS 570 Bortree Seminars (2)
  • VBSC 514 Prostaglandins and Leukotrienes (3)
  • VBSC/BMMB 515 Macrophage Biology (2)
  • VBSC 520 Pathobiology (3)
  • BMMB 543 Current Topics in Gene Regulation
  • BMMB 551 Genomics (3)
  • VBSC 591 Disease Research Modules (A-I) (1 credit each)
  • NUTR597D Readings in Molecular Nutrition (1.5)
  • BMMB 852 Applied Bioinformatic