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Education and Training

Graduate Students

Graduate students in the Microbiology Department are affiliated with the UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and join one of several graduate programs. Many students in department labs join the Molecular Microbiology graduate program, which covers microbial pathogenesis, bacteriology, virology, and cellular and molecular immunology. Some students in Microbiology Department labs have elected to join other graduate programs, including Immunology, Biological Chemistry, Genetics, Development, and Disease, and Cell and Molecular Biology. Students may also matriculate through the UT Southwestern combined M.D./Ph.D. program, the Perot Family Scholars Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP).

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral fellows in the Microbiology Department benefit from UT Southwestern’s Postdoctoral Training Program, which offers Career and Professional Development, Counseling, and Elective Courses. Our department created a “Postdoc Welcome Packet” with information on infrastructure, people, policies, career development, and resources to facilitate a smooth transition. Interested in joining one of our labs as a postdoctoral fellow? You can contact faculty directly and/or use UT Southwestern’s mentor matching system MatchMeMentor (M3).

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students can perform summer research in Microbiology Department labs through the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF) or Amgen Scholars Program, administered by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Recent College Graduates

Recent college graduates can perform research in Microbiology Department labs through the UT Southwestern Postbaccalaureate to Ph.D. (PB2PHD) Program.

Commencement 2024: Dr. Ivan D’Orso hoods Dr. Keyera Randolph and Dr. Don Gammon hoods Dr. Dahee Seo
Commencement 2024: Dr. Ivan D’Orso hoods Dr. Keyera Randolph and Dr. Don Gammon hoods Dr. Dahee Seo.

The Microbiology Department is home to two additional programs:

  • The Molecular Microbiology Training Grant, an interdisciplinary program supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that maintains a microbiology orientation while also broadening the scope of the training mission to include many other aspects of molecular and cell biology.
  • The S. Edward Sulkin Endowments, which include the S. Edward Sulkin Visiting Professorship, S. Edward Sulkin Memorial Scholarship for Graduate Students, and The Lorraine Sulkin Schein Distinguished Professorship in Microbial Pathogenesis.