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Molecular Pathogenesis and Therapeutics Graduate Program

Program of Study

The department of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology (MMI), in partnership with the faculty from the department of Veterinary Pathobiology (VPB), now called Molecular Pathogenesis and Therapeutics Graduate Program (MPT), offers a comprehensive graduate program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. This program provides individualized training that is strongly oriented toward basic research in molecular and cellular biology, immunology and host-parasite interactions. Graduates completing this training are prepared to pursue challenging and rewarding professional careers that involve research and teaching at supervisory levels in both the academic and private sectors.

Graduate Student Handbook

Application Process & Forms

Students are selected for admission into the MPT program based on their potential to conduct high-quality, independent research. To be considered for the Life Sciences Fellowship, application packets must be completed by January 15th. The admissions committee will continue to review completed application packets for fall enrollment based on the amount of funding available. To be considered for admission, applicants must have submitted a completed application packet and have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. If you would like to receive more information about our program please contact by email  Jana Clark or call 573-882-3938.

Student Financial Support

All graduate students accepted into the MPT program are financially supported while they are making acceptable research progress. Graduate students who are not supported by fellowships receive stipends of $25,000.

Tuition and health insurance fees for residential/nonresidential students are waived for all qualifying full-time graduate student in MPT. Students are responsible for paying incidental fees (recreation facility, student activity, student health fee, and information technology).



Laboratory Rotations

All new graduate students admitted into the MPT program are required to complete three laboratory rotations within their first six months. Students will meet with the Director of Graduate Studies prior to each rotation to determine the appropriate laboratory and rotation advisor. Laboratory rotations exposes graduate students to research activities within the department and to the experimental laboratory environment in which they will evolve.

The MPT department is a central component of an interdisciplinary campus eminence program in molecular biology, which also involves molecular biologists in biochemistry and biological sciences as well as many other University departments. Program core facilities provide cell culture and immunology services, DNA sequence analysis, micro array analysis, protein structural analysis, transgenic animals, protein expression, proteomics, electron microscopy and molecular cytology


Living and Housing

Columbia, Missouri is a growing college community of over 108,500 residents, offering a pleasant combination of urban and rural life. The city, situated half-way between St. Louis and Kansas City, provides a wide array of entertainment. In addition, the scenic Ozark Mountains are easily accessible for sports, camping and other recreational activities. Columbia's three institutions of higher learning (MU, Stephens College and Columbia College) make it an important educational center, in addition to contributing to the social and cultural life of the city. On-campus housing, at the Manor, University Heights, and Tara Apartments are available for graduate students. A variety of off-campus apartments are available within convenient walking distance from campus.

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