The Ph.D. in Microbiology combines a dynamic curriculum in a broad range of areas with interdisciplinary research opportunities at the frontiers of microbiology, host-microbe interactions, and environmental microbiology. Graduates of the program are equipped for leadership positions in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, academic and government research laboratories, and successful careers in teaching and research at the college and university level.
Distinctive Features of the Program
- Research opportunities are available in many cutting-edge microbiology research areas
- Emphasis on interdisciplinary research training
- Well-equipped research laboratories and core facilities on the UNH campus
- Laboratory rotations upon entry to the program to become familiar with different research laboratories
- Weekly graduate student seminar presentations, as well as a departmental seminar series of invited speakers
- Opportunities to gain teaching experiences as a Graduate Teaching Assistant
- Host-microbe interactions, parasitology, and immunology
- Environmental microbiology
- Signal transduction pathways
- Molecular microbiology
- Genomics and bioinformatics
- Microbial ecology and evolution
- Students admitted to the Ph.D. Program are typically supported by Research Assistantships or Teaching Assistantships
- Intramural summer and academic year fellowships are available to students on a competitive basis
- Research scientists in biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries
- Lab managers in academic research labs and research institutes, state and federal government agencies
- Academic preparation for future teaching and research roles in a college or university environment
- Completion of foundational courses in biology, chemistry (including organic chemistry), physics, genetics, and mathematics
- Otherwise well-qualified applicants can correct academic deficiencies with enrollment in appropriate courses or independent study during the first year of graduate studies
- International applicants living outside the U.S.A. should first complete a free online application
- Applicants from non-English speaking countries must provide Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores
- Three letters of recommendation
- Personal statement, including research interests and names of two or three potential Microbiology faculty thesis advisors.
Ph.D. Degree Requirements
Students with appropriate academic training at the baccalaureate or master's level may be considered for admission to the doctoral program. Students admitted to the Ph.D. program are required to conduct an independent research project in conjunction with a Microbiology graduate program faculty adviser. Specific coursework is determined in conjunction with the graduate committee. Advancement to candidacy requires the successful completion of the following:
- All courses required by the graduate committee
- A written qualifying exam administered by the graduate program coordinator and graduate faculty
- An independent research proposal developed in conjunction with a faculty adviser
- An oral defense of the research proposal
Students enrolled in the doctoral program are required to complete one semester of teaching and successfully complete and defend a dissertation based on their research proposal. The acceptance of the dissertation is contingent on its approval by the doctoral committee and evidence that at least two manuscripts based on the thesis research have been submitted to a peer-reviewed journal appropriate to the topic.
All graduate students are required to enroll in and attend MCBS 997 Seminar each semester and present one seminar each year.
|Approved courses for the Microbiology Ph.D. and M.S. programs:|
|BIOL 804||Plant-Microbe Interactions||3|
|MICR 815||Immunology Laboratory||2|
|GEN 804||Genetics of Prokaryotic Microbes||5|
|GEN 813||Microbial Ecology and Evolution||4|
|GEN 817||Molecular Microbiology||5|
|NR 806||Soil Ecology||4|
|Additional non-disciplinary courses to consider:|
|ANFS 933||Design, Analysis, and Interpretation of Experiments||4|
|BCHM 825||Cell Phenotyping and Tissue Engineering Laboratory||4|
|BCHM 853||Cell Culture||5|
|BCHM 854||Molecular Biology Research Methods||5|
|BIOL 811||Experimental Design & Analysis||4|
|BIOL 902||Writing and Publishing Science||2|
|BIOL 950||Scientific Communication||2|
|GEN 812||Programming for Bioinformatics||5|
|GRAD 891||National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Preparation||0|
|GRAD 930||Ethics in Research and Scholarship||2 or 3|
|LSA 900||College Teaching||2|
|MATH 835||Statistical Methods for Research||3|
|MCBS 901||Introduction to Research in the Life Sciences||2|
|MCBS 913||Applied Bioinformatics||3|
|MCBS 910||Cell Signaling Networks Across the Kingdoms||3|
|NR 905||Grant Writing||2|
|NR 909||Analysis of Ecological Communities and Complex Data||4|
All MCBS graduates will be able to:
- Critically apply theories, methodologies, and knowledge to address fundamental questions in their primary area of study.
- Pursue research of significance in the discipline or an interdisciplinary or creative project. Students plan and conduct this research or implement this project under the guidance of an advisor while developing the intellectual independence that typifies true scholarship.
- Demonstrate skills in oral and written communication sufficient to publish and present work in their field and to prepare grant proposals.
- Follow the principles of ethics in their field and in academia.
- Demonstrate, through service, the value of their discipline to the academy and community at large.
- Demonstrate a mastery of skills and knowledge at a level required for college and university undergraduate teaching in their discipline and assessment of student learning.
- Interact productively with people from diverse backgrounds as both leaders/mentors and team members with integrity and professionalism.
Graduates of the Microbiology Ph.D degree program will be able to:
- Demonstrate strong foundational knowledge in microbiology theory and practice, and sub-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary knowledge specific to the student’s research area.
- Critically analyze and interpretate the primary literature.
- Integrate knowledge by 1) synthesizing research questions and/or hypotheses, 2) designing, executing, and interpretating research and 3) contextualizing their contributions to the field of study.
- Demonstrate competency in laboratory safety, and specialized microbiological methods.
- Promote the importance of science, the discipline of microbiology, and microbes themselves to society by communicating the meaning and value of your scholarship across formal and informal forums.
- Independently construct analytical arguments as demonstrated by the development, execution, defense and publication of a dissertation research project.