Microbiology and Immunology (MD/PhD)
The PhD in Microbiology and Immunology trains students for a career in research and teaching in microbiology, virology, immunology or molecular biology. The Department of Microbiology and Immunology creates and environment through courses, laboratory work, and other activities to allow students to acquire the tools necessary to work independently and to think critically. The department instills a sense of thoroughness, accuracy, and knowledge of common research tools that is indispensable. Students will able to independently analyze and evaluate scientific problems and be responsible for their research by the end of their program.
MD/PHD at Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine offers a program designed for exceptional students to earn both an MD and a PhD degree, in preparation for a career in academic medicine. The program is flexible, individually tailored, and provides an opportunity to work concurrently toward an MD and a PhD degree in one of the six academic tracks available to Integrated Program in Biomedical Science (IPBS) PhD students:
- Biochemistry, Molecular, and Cancer Biology
- Cell and Molecular Physiology
- Integrative Cell Biology
- Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
- Microbiology and Immunology
Ideal candidates for this program should demonstrate a strong interest in and exceptional motivation toward research. Our MD/PhD candidates undergo a challenging and excellent research training experience tailored to the interests and goals of each student. Students actively participate in presenting their respective research and/or clinical work at appointed monthly MD/PhD meetings.
The MD/PhD Program benefits from all the biomedical science disciplines of the Graduate School located at Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Campus. Their teaching programs are integrated with those of the medical school. The PhD degree may be earned in any of the academic tracks listed for the IPBS.The ultimate goal is for the student to achieve both degrees in seven to eight years, depending on the student’s goals, background, workload, and specific course schedule.