Education in Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology

Education in Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology

grad-stud-web-sm.jpgThe Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology (MIC) Department is the home department for over seventy Ph.D. candidate and MSTP Biomedical Sciences (BIMS) graduate students. Our graduate students study under internationally-recognized scientists in the areas of immunology, cancer biology, virology, bacteriology, infectious diseases, biodefense, cell-signaling, and gene regulation.

The diversity of our Department ensures that students in MIC are offered diverse, interdisciplinary training throughout their graduate career.  The wide variety of choices in laboratories and coursework, coupled with flexible departmental requirements, enables each student to design a custom-tailored training program that culminates in the awarding of the Ph.D. degree.

BIMS students who select primary or secondary MIC faculty for their theses mentors and choose to pursue their Ph.D. degrees in Microbiology have specific curriculum requirements. Details of the curriculum requirements and procedures for obtaining a Ph.D. in MIC are available on the following sites:


Contact Information Qualifying Exam
Becoming an MIC PhD Student Dissertation Research
Selecting and MIC Mentor Private and Public Defenses
Curriculum Requirements for Microbiology PhD Prospective Students
Selecting Faculty for MIC Dissertation Committee Student Publications
Training Grants Where are they now? or:  Look for more recent MIC alumni on LinkedIn


Our Ph.D. students train under nationally and internationally recognized scientific faculty. The translational nature of UVA’s research is evident in a variety of weekly seminar series and in labs where our students work alongside postdoctoral and medical fellows, visiting scientists, and medical students. The intra– and extra–mural collaborative environments and the excellence in pre-doctoral training are hallmarks of the graduate experience of UVA’s MIC Ph.D. students. Other notable successes are that many of our students compete for external and internal funding and awards. Many regularly present their thesis work in departmental seminars, in programmatic research-in-progress presentations, at meetings for the Virginia State Legislature, and at national and international scientific conferences. All of our students publish their research findings in peer-reviewed journals. Many go on to pursue post-doctoral research in academia, government, and industry positions, while others have pursued law and business degrees to pursue patent law and tech transfer positions and other entrepreneurial endeavors.

Questions about the MIC graduate program should be directed to

Lucy Pemberton, PhD
Director of Graduate Studies
Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology (MIC)