The NYU graduate training program in Microbiolog­y prepares doctoral candidates for careers in the biology of microorganisms and infectious disease processes. Laboratory training is offered in the fields of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbial and molecular genetics; mechanisms of microbial and parasite pathogenicity and host resistance to infectious agents; molecular, cellular, and immunological phenomena associated with microbial colonization and infection; and microbiome biology. The classroom curriculum emphasizes the molecular aspects of pathogenesis, with courses in cell and molecular biology, bacterial pathogenesis, virology, parasitology, medical microbiology, immunology, and macromolecular mechanisms.


Ian Mohr
Andrew Darwin
Ian Mohr, PhD
Program Director
Professor of Microbiology
Andrew Darwin, PhD
Graduate Advisor
Associate Professor of Microbiology

Sample Courses

In addition to courses required of all Sackler PhD students, students in the Microbiology Training Program take the following courses:

  • Topics in Molecular Biology (fall semester, year 1)
  • Medical Microbiology (fall semester, year 2)
  • Molecular Virology (offered in alternate spring semesters)
  • Fundamentals in Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis (offered in alternate spring semesters)

Recommended Elective Courses

Students in the Microbiology Training Program may also find it useful to take the following courses:

  • Cell Biology
  • Introduction to Immunology
  • Host-Pathogen Interactions
  • Molecular Mechanisms in Biology

Qualifying Exam 

Students in the Microbiology training program must pass a qualifying exam during the fall semester of their third year in the Sackler PhD program.  This exam consists of writing a research proposal based on their thesis project, presenting it orally to their thesis advisory committee, and satisfactorily answering questions posed by the committee. Detailed guidelines for the qualifying exam are available here.