MS Microbiology & Immunology

Thank you for your interest in our Master of Science in Microbiology & Immunology degree program. We are pleased you have chosen to learn more about the opportunities that await you at Georgetown's Department of Microbiology & Immunology. Whether this is your first time visiting this page or you have been here many times before, we hope you will find it to be a clear and effective way to discover more about this unique program.

Ongoing research and high-quality education are an answer to the challenges presented by infectious disease. The department of Microbiology & Immunology is uniquely positioned to ensure a superior learning environment for students interested in General Microbiology & Immunology. It's proximity to such organizations as the National Institute of Health provides our students with rarely available insights into the national response to the problem of emerging infectious diseases. Graduates of our program will be prepared to work in establishments that have a direct impact on infectious diseases in the United States and abroad.

Program Mission

The department offers a flexible program of study designed to help students achieve their individual educational goals and career objectives. A broad range of course offerings from within the department and University allows the students to gain or enhance their background in microbiology, immunology, and various aspects of modern molecular genetics. Laboratory experience in specialized techniques is also available. The program is intended to enhance career advancement in teaching and industry or prepare a student for a career in research.

Faculty Highlights

Most of the faculty members at the department of Microbiology and Immunology, and within its Virology division, are both teaching professors and active researchers. Some of the fields being tackled in our labs at this time include:

  • Flaviviruses (Dengue, West Nile)
  • Hepatitis viruses (B, D, C)
  • Recognition of mammalian cells and signaling events by the human pathogen
  • Pathogenesis and basic biology of the fungus Candida albicans
  • Vaccine development
  • Antiviral drug assays
  • Immune response to infection