Ph.D Student Training

Students with an interest in the iMIcro program and research areas are encouraged to apply to a UCSF Ph.D. program that suits their interests. Most of our students enter through the UCSF Biomedical Sciences (BMS) program, the Tetrad program, the Chemistry and Chemical Biology (CCB) program, or the iPQB program.  In addition to fulfilling the course requirements specific to the graduate program, trainees interested in iMicro are encouraged to take our core course, Molecular Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis given as a spring mini-course, as well as to avail themselves of a rotating menu of other relevant mini-courses offered by the UCSF graduate programs in the spring quarter.  Trainees also participate in iMicro community activities, including the weekly seminar series which features world-class scientists from the US and overseas, the annual Bay Area Microbial Pathogenesis Symposium (BAMPS), and the yearly iMicro trainee retreat. 

  • Students must be accepted into and ultimately meet all of the requirements of graduation for one of UCSF’s degree granting graduate programs. Please direct all program admissions questions to these respective programs.
  • Students must participate in research in the lab of an iMicro Faculty PI (see list here). Graduate students select their research project generally at the end of the first year after completing three laboratory rotations.
  • Students are encouraged to participate in our courses and events, including, but not limited to Spring Minicourses, seminar series, and retreat.