Molecular Microbiology & Immunology, Ph.D.
Saint Louis University's Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology (MMI) offers a graduate program in molecular and cellular virology and immunology leading to a Ph.D. degree. The goal of the program is to graduate exceptionally well-trained researchers who are prepared for a career in academic science or biotechnology. Research in the MMI doctoral program is diversified. Areas of research emphasis include cell and molecular biology, virology and immunology.
SLU's state-of-the-art research laboratories are located in the Doisy Research Center and basic science departments in the Saint Louis University School of Medicine.
The primary and secondary faculty in molecular microbiology and immunology department have strong independent research programs funded by the government, research foundations and industry. The faculty serve on national peer-review panels and journal editorial boards and often are invited to present research at other institutions. Their research is published in highly visible scientific journals.
Graduate instruction in the MMI program includes:
- Advanced coursework
- Training in scientific writing and oral presentation skills
- Training in teaching skills for students interested in an academic career
- Performance of original biomedical research leading to scholarly publications and the Ph.D. dissertation
Each Ph.D. candidate will have a least one primary mentor within the department with whom he or she will conduct dissertation research.
Students with a bachelor’s degree may enroll in the doctoral program following completion of a year-long basic biomedical sciences core program. This one-year program provides a strong foundation for subsequent specialization in microbiology and/or immunology and allows students to rotate through various laboratories in the Medical Center before choosing a specific field of study.
Graduates with a degree in molecular microbiology and immunology are prepared for diverse careers in industry, government or academia.
A Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Arts or doctoral degree is required, including coursework in the biological sciences, organic chemistry and mathematics.
- Application form and fee
- Three letters of recommendation
- GRE scores
- Curriculum vitae
- Professional goal statement
Requirements for International Students
All admission policies and requirements for domestic students apply to international students along with the following:
- Demonstrate English Language Proficiency
- Proof of financial support must include:
- A letter of financial support from the person(s) or sponsoring agency funding the time at Saint Louis University
- A letter from the sponsor's bank verifying that the funds are available and will be so for the duration of study at the University
- Academic records, in English translation, of students who have undertaken postsecondary studies outside the United States must include the courses taken and/or lectures attended, practical laboratory work, the maximum and minimum grades attainable, the grades earned or the results of all end-of-term examinations, and any honors or degrees received. WES and ECE transcripts are accepted.
- Students should apply by Feb. 1.
A committee examines and reviews the applicant and application wholly.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
For priority consideration for graduate assistantship, applicants should complete their applications by February 1.
For more information, visit the student financial services office online at http://finaid.slu.edu.
- Graduates will be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the biomedical sciences to support independent biomedical research
- Graduates will be able to demonstrate the ability to formulate and test scientific hypotheses
|Basic Biomedical Science Courses|
|BBS 5010||Basic Biomedical Science I||5|
|BBS 5020||Special Topics in Basic Biomedical Sciences I||4|
|BBS 5030||Basic Biomedical Science II||5|
|BBS 5040||Special Topics in Basic Biomedical Sciences II||4|
|BBS 5100||Ethics for Research Scientists||0|
|BBS 5920||Basic Biomedical Sciences Colloquium||2|
|BBS 5970||Introduction to Basic Biomedical Sciences Research (taken over multiple semesters)||4|
|BCHM 6280||Intro to Genomics and Bioinformatics||2|
|ORES 5200||Introduction to Statistics in Biomedical Sciences||3|
|Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Courses|
|MB 6650||Basic Immunobiology||3|
|MB 6900||Microbiology Journal Club (taken over multiple semesters)||2|
|MB 6920||Microbiology Colloquium (taken over multiple semesters)||2|
|MB 6990||Dissertation Research (taken over multiple semesters)||12|
Students are required to submit a grant proposal to an outside agency for extramural research and/or stipend support within six months of successfully passing the Candidacy Examination. Funding of the external grant application is not required for successful completion of the Ph.D. degree. Students must also publish at least 1 peer-reviewed scholarly article reporting results of original research.
Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 in all required graduate/professional courses.