Designed to prepare students for research-oriented careers in academia, government or the private sector, our Ph.D. program provides a foundational background in the biosciences, with courses to match the needs and interests of each student. Graduate students work closely with department faculty to conduct rigorous, independent research projects in one of the following areas of microbiology and immunology:

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Program Structure

If you have questions about the curriculum or Ph.D. program structure, please contact:

If you have questions about the Ph.D. admissions process, please contact:

Apply through the Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Portal

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Supporting our students is at the core of the School of Medicine's mission. We provide a wide variety of resources to help enhance our graduate students' experience and ensure their safety, as well as resources to support our faculty.

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Life in Richmond

We encourage our students to maintain a healthy work-life balance, and Richmond is a wonderful place to engage in that well-rounded lifestyle. As a mid-sized city with a metropolitan population of 1.3 million, Richmond provides stimulating activities while maintaining an intimate quality and unique vibe. Vibrant neighborhoods offer distinct, diverse experiences, with no shortage of art galleries, museums, music venues, restaurants, breweries and parks.

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