Education and Training Programs
Graduate Program in Molecular Virology and Microbiology
The Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology offers a program leading to the Ph.D. degree, with specialization in molecular virology or molecular microbiology. Doctoral and postdoctoral research training opportunities in molecular virology focus on general animal virology, viral genetics, viral infectious diseases, transcriptional and translational regulation of viral gene expression, viral pathogenesis, structural virology, and cancer virology, with emphasis on molecular mechanisms. Additional virology programs focus on respiratory viruses, including application and development of various assays and animal models; T- and B-cell immune responses; mediators of immunity; mucosal immunology; pathogenesis; and antivirals. Doctoral and postdoctoral research training opportunities in molecular microbiology focus on microbial genomics, molecular genetics, physiology and regulation of bacterial pathogenesis, genetic and physical analysis of protein structure-function relationships, mechanisms of antibiotic resistance, biochemical analysis of membrane transport, DNA topology, and site-specific recombination.
Research Training Program in Molecular Virology
The goal of the Research Training Program in Molecular Virology is to produce highly qualified scientists committed to careers in biomedical research related to the molecular biology of human viral infections. Recent developments in infectious diseases emphasize the need for researchers specializing in aspects of infectious disease research, including virology. This training program provides trainees with thorough foundations in fundamental virology and molecular biology concepts and techniques, primarily through coursework and laboratory research experience. The training program in Molecular Virology is supported by a training grant from the National Institutes of Health. The program director is Robert F. Ramig, Ph.D. Nine participating faculty are from the Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology, with three additional participating virologists from two other Baylor College of Medicine departments. A strength of our program is the range of research interests of participating faculty, representing important complementary areas of training-immunology, AIDS, genetics, molecular biology, structural biology, pathogenesis, and vaccines.