The Department of Microbiology and Immunology is one of five basic sciences departments within the University of South Alabama (USA) College of Medicine. The proximity to other departments in the College of Medicine and in the College of Arts and Sciences and our access to state-of-the-art facilities for working on infectious organisms, stimulates interactions and collaborations both within the University, nationally, and internationally.

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Basic Medical Sciences at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine awards the Ph.D. degree in Basic Medical Science and is designed for students interested in careers in biomedical investigation. The program provides broad training which can lead to academic careers in medical institutions and universities or to a wide variety of research or administrative positions in government, non-profit or industry settings.

The strengths of the Microbiology & Immunology research focus lie in:

(1) the availability of interdisciplinary courses and collaborations among the other basic sciences: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cancer Biology, Physiology & Cell Biology and Molecular & Cellular Pharmacology(2) an enthusiastic, well-funded and internationally known faculty, and (3) a faculty with diverse research interests such as cell biology, molecular biology, virology, bacteriology, mycology, parasitology, and immunology.

The goals of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology are to:

  • Conduct fundamental research in the areas of bacterial, fungal and viral pathogenesis and the resulting host's response mechanisms.
  • Foster the translation of basic research to clinical application.
  • Educate and train this country's future leaders in biomedical research.

Graduate students interested in Microbiology and Immunology will be accepted into the Infectious Diseases and Host Defense Track.

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