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Molecular Microbiology & Immunology

The Graduate Program in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology provides a stimulating environment for our graduate students who will play a leadership role in academic, government and industrial research and in international health organizations. Advances in molecular and cell biology and genetics have opened new approaches to the study of basic and applied aspects of infectious disease and host defense. We are applying these approaches to studies of microbial pathogenesis, immune cell function, inflammation, receptor signaling, prokaryotic and eukaryotic gene regulation, genetic manipulation of cell functions,tumor immunology and immunotherapy and vaccine development. Techniques including functional genomics, gene delivery, and derivation of transgenic animals are being developed and utilized to address specific questions. Our program provides interactive, multifaceted education and research training. Our graduates receive comprehensive education in molecular and cell biology, microbiology and immunology and in-depth training in their chosen area of research.

Our Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. students train in the laboratories of participating faculty in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Department of Medicine, Institute of Human Virology, Greenebaum Cancer Center, Center for Vaccine Development, Institute for Genome Science, the Department of Microbial Pathogenesis in the Dental School and the Institute of Marine & Environmental Technology . As part of the Graduate Program in Life Sciences at UMB, interaction between other graduate programs and departments facilitates broadening of the research experience and of graduate student life.

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Meet Anicca Harriot

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‌Molecular Biology and Biochemistry PhD student, Anicca Harriot, decided at an early age that she wanted to be an astronaut and cardiovascular surgeon. When her father suggested that she one day study the heart in space, it ignited a passion that she would relentlessly pursue throughout her adolescence and into adulthood. At just 21 years old, Harriot has already interned at both NASA-Langley and Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA. While pursing her doctoral degree full time, she also volunteers for the live web-series VanguardSTEM and the urban movement #popscope. Harriot hopes to one day be the first black woman to walk on Mars.  Read more about Harriot's journey.

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