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Program in Microbiology and Immunology Institute for Biomedical Sciences The George Washington University

  • Washington, DC
  • Private
  • Urban
  • 77%23%
    student ratio
  • 22
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • December 15
    fall application deadline
  • Not Reported
    acceptance rate
  • 1 Degree
    degrees/awards offered


A Doctoral Program in Microbiology and Immunology

The Microbiology and Immunology program is one of 3 Ph.D. programs offered through the Institute for Biomedical Sciences, which coordinates doctoral biomedical programs at the George Washington University Medical Center's (GWUMC) School of Medicine.

The Microbiology and Immunology program provides students with multidisciplinary training to prepare for successful careers as independent research scientists.

The program is designed for doctoral research in a wide variety of fields related to molecular virology, molecular parasitology, and immunology of infectious disease and inflammatory disease.

Students have the chance to conduct dissertation research under the mentorship of esteemed faculty and take part in groundbreaking research initiatives addressing some of the world's most pressing disease challenges, ranging from HIV/AIDS to human hookworm disease.

Recent key areas of focus in the program have included host-pathogen relationships, autoimmunity and inflammation, T lymphocyte development and activation, cancer immunology, molecular parasitology, genetic and parasite epidemiology, molecular retrovirology, and microbial genomics and proteomics.

Multidisciplinary Faculty Includes Experts from Top Institutions

Research opportunities are available with distinguished faculty located at George Washington University largely based in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine, as well as faculty from other leading Washington, D.C.-area institutions, including the Children's Research Institute of the Children's National Medical Center, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine

The Microbiology and Immunology Ph.D. program is administered within the GWUMC's Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine (MITM). The department occupies newly renovated laboratory space within the Research Center for Neglected Diseases of Poverty, and serves as a base for extensive research initiatives and projects focused on the pathogenesis and immune response to viral, parasitic and bacterial diseases around the world.

Researchers in the department collaborate with other labs in places such as China, Thailand, Brazil, and Honduras, and the department works jointly with the non-profit Albert B. Sabin Vaccine Institute to help save lives by facilitating tropical disease control efforts in developing countries.

First-Year Students Immersed in Core Curriculum

IBS students at George Washington University take a first-year core curriculum of rigorous coursework, complemented by practical career skills courses focusing on topics such as scientific writing, speaking, biomedical ethics, and careers in the biomedical sciences.

Research Rotations

Research rotations are also a central component of the first year of study. Students take part in 3 research rotations that are 11 weeks long and offered in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Following completion of the rotations, students select faculty mentors and labs in which they will go on to complete their dissertations.

In addition to expanding students' research skills and experience, the rotations give students familiarity with research projects taking place in the institute. Students are expected to be in the lab for 30 hours per week.

Seminars Provide Additional Learning Opportunities

The program offers a highly informative research seminar series featuring distinguished speakers and investigators, and students also can benefit from regular seminars and special lectures at GWU's Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and Children's Research Institute of the Children's National Medical Center.

Location & Contact

Program in Microbiology and Immunology

Institute for Biomedical Sciences
The George Washington University

2300 Eye Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
United States

Dr. David Leitenberg


Phone: 202-994-9475
Fax: 202-994-2913

Information Contact

Phone: 202-994-3532
Fax: 202-994-2913

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Immunology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees 4
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied Not Reported
    • Accepted Not Reported
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 15th December 15th Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, minimum GPA of 3.0
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students22
    • Female Percentage77%
    • Male Percentage23%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students22
    • Part-time Percentage77%
    • Full-time Percentage23%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino5%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian75%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native5%
    • Asian5%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races5%
    • Unknown5%



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