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Dear Prospective Students,

The Graduate Program in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology will prepare you for a professional career in basic, translational and applied biomedical research spanning seven major disciplines: Bacteriology, Fungal Pathogenesis, Immunology, Virology, Parasitology, Cell Biology and Microbial Genomics.  Through a comprehensive first year ‘core’ course, you will gain a broad perspective of the cellular, molecular and genetic mechanisms underlying key physiologic processes. This training will provide the foundation for advanced courses in specialized areas that correspond to your research interests.

As a University of Maryland MMI graduate student, you will work with a faculty of over 80 investigators who are leaders in their respective fields. Research is conducted in a stimulating training environment comprised of state-of-the-art facilities and internationally recognized centers of excellence that include the Center for Vaccine Development, the Institute for Human Virology and the Institute for Genome Science. Extensive interdisciplinary interactions between MMI faculty in the different centers and institutes provide graduate students with a spectrum of research opportunities that explore diverse aspects of host defense, microbial pathogens and their interactions in the context of human diseases.

Laboratory research is a central component of the MMI training program and prepares Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. students for careers independent investigators and physician-scientists. Students receive a competitive stipend, tuition remission, health coverage, and the possibility for additional awards. The MMI program has two active NIH Training Grants, that provide an independent recognition of program excellence. These training grants, in Immunity and Infection and in Signaling Pathways in Innate Immunity, support student stipends and provide travel expenses for our students to present their research at scientific meetings.

The UMSOM is part of the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB) campus that is home to seven professional schools and the UM Medical Center. UMB is part of the Baltimore-Washington biomedical research corridor that includes major government, industry and academic centers. This location provides students with collaborative opportunities and direct exposure to career paths significantly enhance post-graduate success. Indeed, MMI graduates have taken leadership roles in all of these sectors.

Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions; I am always glad to discuss our program and how it may fit into your professional career plans.

Bret A. Hassel, Ph.D.


Bret A. Hassel Ph.D.
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