Graduate Training

The Department of Immunology & Microbiology is home to two distinct Ph.D. Graduate programs:

Immunology Graduate Program

The Graduate Program in Immunology at the University of Colorado trains students in diverse areas of immunology that includes innate and adaptive immunity, host-pathogen interactions, tumor immunity, autoimmunity, immune deficiencies and vaccine development.  Our training faculty are based at both the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and National Jewish Health and are predominantly members of the Immunology & Microbiology Department. However, our program students also are able to train with faculty at the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes and in the Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics Department as well as the Divisions of Infectious Disease, Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Rheumatology, Hematology and Gastroenterology within the Department of Medicine. The ultimate outcome of our rigorous training program equips our graduates with a fundamental understanding of cellular and molecular immunological mechanisms that continue to contribute to a variety of diseases that remain as global health burdens. 

Microbiology Graduate Program

The Microbiology Graduate Program at the University of Colorado is a Ph.D. program preparing students for careers in research and teaching in the molecular pathogenesis of infectious diseases in both microbiology and virology. Close individual attention is given by the faculty to the needs and training of each graduate student. Based primarily within the Department of Microbiology, the program faculty also includes members of the departments of Medicine, Neurology, Pediatrics, Immunology and Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics. Faculty research interests include the molecular mechanisms of bacterial and viral pathogenesis, the molecular biology of bacterial, viral and cellular gene expression and host-parasite interactions in infectious disease. 

Immunology & Microbiology Track Master's Program

The Department is now offering a research intensive Immunology and Microbiology Track within the Master’s Program in Biomedical Sciences and Biotechnology administered through the Graduate School.

The Immunology and Microbiology track will provide students with a focused education in immunology and microbiology as well as laboratory skills. The goal will be to enhance career advancement in education or industry or prepare a student for a career in research, including further training in graduate and professional programs. Importantly, this program will provide extensive hands-on research experience, where students will be trained in research laboratories located within the department of Immunology and Microbiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Students will complete 36 units that include core course work, electives and participation in cutting-edge research, as well as write and defend a thesis.

Kelly Doran, PhD ( - Associate Director, Immunology and Microbiology Track

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Molecular Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases

Training PhD candidates to investigate the fundamental mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis

National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases
Molecular Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases (MPID)
T32 Pre-doctoral Training Program

HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, acute lower respiratory tract infections, and diarrheal infections are major causes of death, disability, and social and economic disruption for millions of people each year. In addition, emerging, re-emerging and previously unrecognized infections are threats to humans and animals worldwide. Understanding the molecular aspects of infectious diseases provides a rational basis for developing targeted new methods for the diagnosis, prevention, treatment and cure of current and emerging infectious diseases.

Immunology Microbiology (SOM)

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