Molecular Biology and Immunology, Ph.D.

Saint Louis University’s Doctor of Philosophy degree program in molecular microbiology and immunology prepares you to become a technically skilled and thoughtful scientist.


About the Program

SLU’s molecular microbiology and immunology graduate program focuses on molecular and cellular virology and immunology with the goal of preparing you for a career in academic science or biotechnology. Areas of research emphasis include cell and molecular biology, virology and immunology.

Program Highlights

Our 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 SLU’s 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 their work at other institutions. Their research is published in highly visible scientific journals.

Curriculum and Program Details

Graduate instruction in SLU’s molecular microbiology and immunology 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 you to rotate through various laboratories in SLU’s Medical Center before choosing a specific field of study.

Students with a master’s or doctoral degree may be considered for direct entry into the molecular microbiology and immunology doctoral program or the selective M.D./Ph.D. program.

Faculty
  • Rajeev Aurora, Ph.D.
  • James Brien, Ph.D.
  • Mark L. Buller, Ph.D.
  • Govindaswamy Chinnadurai, Ph.D.
  • Richard J. DiPaolo, Ph.D.
  • Duane P. Grandgenett, Ph.D.
  • Maurice Green, Ph.D.
  • Daniel Hawiger, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Lynda A. Morrison, Ph.D.
  • Amelia Pinto, Ph.D.
  • John E. Tavis, Ph.D.
  • Ryan Teague, Ph.D.
  • William S. M. Wold, Ph.D.
Careers
Graduates with a degree in molecular microbiology and immunology are prepared for diverse careers in industry, government or academia.
Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Financial Aid

Scholarships and Financial Aid
Financial aid is available, and all first- and second-year students receive a nationally competitive student stipend as well as tuition waivers. Health insurance is also provided by the core program. Stipends, health benefits and tuition costs are the responsibility of your adviser or doctoral program during the final years of your graduate study and are most commonly provided by research grants or contracts.  

Applicant Criteria

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.

To apply, you’ll need

Application Requirements

Application form and fee
Transcript(s)
Three letters of recommendation
GRE scores
Curriculum vitae
Interview
Professional goal statement

Requirements for International Students

Application Deadline

Students should apply by Feb. 1.

Review Process

A committee examines and reviews the applicant and application wholly.