Philosophy and Objectives

Graduate studies in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology are pursued through the Microbiology and Immunology Track of the UAMS Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences (GPIBS). The goal of our graduate program is to prepare students for a challenging research and/or teaching career in immunology, microbial pathogenesis or microbial genetics. We aim to develop students into productive scientists who will be able to participate in and contribute to the dramatic advances in biomedical sciences that are shaping our lives in the 21st century. While the members of the faculty are pursuing research in the areas of pathogenic microbiology and immunobiology, we feel that it is absolutely essential that students entering our program receive a solid background in cell biology and molecular biology. It has become very apparent that the borders between the traditional disciplines of microbiology, immunology, physiology, cell biology, biochemistry, and pathology have become blurred. One can no longer focus in one area to the exclusion of the others. The productive scientist of today and tomorrow will be the individual who can transcend the traditional boundaries and bring to the research problems a strong knowledge of multiple disciplines. The Department has designed its graduate program with this concept in mind so that all students entering the program take the same curriculum which emphasizes cell and molecular biology. This curriculum is intended to prepare students to undertake current research in microbiology and immunology, and to subsequently allow them to broaden their field of study as they continue in their chosen career paths.

Graduate School Application

Prospective students interested in pursuing Master’s or doctoral studies in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology can apply through the GPIBS website.

For questions concerning applications to the graduate program please contact:

Karl Boehme, Ph.D.
Director, Microbiology and Immunology Track
(501) 686-5189