The Doctor of Philosophy program is being revised for fall 2016 admission. Details about the program are not yet available.

The Doctor of Philosophy program in immunology requires a minimum of 72 s.h. of graduate credit. The program is flexible, accommodating students with a wide range of backgrounds in course work as well as practical experience in the biological and physical sciences. Entering students generally are expected to have strong backgrounds in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, and mathematics. An introductory course in immunology is desirable. Deficiencies in specific areas often can be remedied through appropriate course work taken during the first year of graduate studies.

The curriculum consists of a sequence of required and elective courses that provide training in the conceptual and methodological aspects of immunology. The program offers ample opportunity for study in a variety of fields that interface with immunology.

The Ph.D. in immunology requires the following course work.

All of these:
IMMU:6201Graduate Immunology3
IMMU:6211Immunology Seminar1
IMMU:6241Writing a Scientific Proposal1
IMMU:7221Advanced Topics in Immunology3
BMED:5207Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology3
BMED:7270Scholarly Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research I0
BMED:7271Scholarly Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research II0
MICR:6247Graduate Immunology and Human Disease4
PCOL:5204Basic Biostatistics and Experimental Design1
Students complete 3 s.h. from the following:
Molecular Biology
MCB:6215Transcription and Multi-Functional Regulation by RNA1
MCB:6217Epigenetics, Cancer, and Mouse Models of Disease1
MCB:6240Inflammatory Cell Signaling and Targeted Cancer Therapy1
Cell Biology
MCB:6220Mechanisms of Cellular Organization3
MCB:6225Growth Factor Receptor Signaling1
MCB:6226Cell Cycle Control1
MCB:6227Cell Fate Decisions1

After successfully completing the comprehensive examination, usually by the end of the second year of graduate study, students advance to candidacy for the Ph.D. They devote their time to research and writing their dissertation. Upon successful completion of all requirements, including the dissertation and its oral defense, students are awarded a Ph.D. in immunology.

For information regarding admission and application procedures, contact the Immunology Program or visit its website.

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College.

All students in the Immunology Program receive stipends and tuition support, which comes from a variety of sources, including training grants from the National Institutes of Health, University of Iowa fellowships and graduate research assistantships, and individual faculty research grants.