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Department of Microbiology Education

We are training the next generation of microbiology researchers.

Faculty in NYU Langone’s Department of Microbiology train graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and research associates in the molecular basis of disease and all aspects of microbiology, including the microbiome, the structural function of microbial components, infectious diseases, and host immune responses.

We also offer opportunities for undergraduates to participate in summer research as part of the Vilcek Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences’ Summer Undergraduate Research Program.

Recent college graduates who are interested in conducting graduate-level microbiology research in our laboratories before applying to an advanced degree program may contact a faculty mentor to inquire about current training opportunities for research associates.

PhD Program

We prepare researchers for careers in the fields of microbiology and infectious disease and offer research guidance from experienced faculty mentors.

Researchers in our PhD program study microbiome biology; the mechanisms of microbial and parasitic pathogenicity; host resistance to infectious agents; the structural function of microbial components; the molecular, cellular, and immunological phenomena associated with microbial colonization and infection; and the genetics of both prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbes.

Coursework emphasizes the molecular aspects of pathogenesis. Topics include bacteriology, virology, parasitology, cell and molecular biology, immunology, macromolecular mechanisms, and medical microbiology.

Learn more about the Microbiology PhD Training Program offered through Vilcek Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences.

MD/PhD Program

We train graduate students to be leaders in academic medicine and biomedical research in a National Institutes of Health (NIH)–recognized Medical Scientist Training Program that merges the fundamentals of scientific inquiry with the insights and experience of clinical care. Our rigorous dual curriculum prepares physician–scientists for the challenges of academic medicine and fundamental biomedical research. Learn more about the MD/PhD Program.

Postdoctoral Training

We recruit talented postdoctoral fellows to conduct research among a vibrant, forward-thinking cohort of faculty and trainees. As mentors and colleagues, we support your research and early career, helping you acquire professional skills and navigate the job market. Learn more about postdoctoral training in microbiology.

National Institutes of Health–Funded Training Programs

We offer researchers opportunities to be appointed to training programs funded by T32 grants from the NIH. These grants provide support for up to two years of the time you train with a faculty mentor.

Contact Us

For more information about Department of Microbiology educational programs and how to apply, contact Andrew J. Darwin, PhD, graduate advisor, at; or Jeffrey N. Weiser, MD, department chair and director of NIH-funded training programs, at

Microbiology PhD Program

Train to become an expert in the study of microbes, the diseases they cause, and how hosts defend themselves.

MD/PhD Program

Prepare to excel in both the laboratory and the clinic with our Medical Scientist Training Program.

Postdoctoral Training in Microbiology

Gain research, mentoring, networking, and career development experience as an early career scientist.