Program in Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences Emory University

Program in Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences Emory University

Atlanta, GA
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
December 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


A Top Graduate Program in Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis

Emory University offers a Ph.D. program in Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis (IMP) through its highly-regarded Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (GDBBS). One of the fastest growing medical centers in the country, Emory University has also been ranked by the "Chronicle of Higher Education" as among the top 10 institutes in the country for immunology research.

Faculty members come from both basic science and clinical departments in the School of Medicine, the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, the Emory Vaccine Center, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Faculty member research is generously funded through prominent institutions, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Students receive competitive financial support and interdisciplinary training in cellular and molecular immunology, as well as the role of the immune system in the pathogenesis of infectious disease. The program is designed not only for students interested in academic careers in teaching and research, but also for those interested in careers in related aspects of medicine and industry.

Doctoral Coursework and Research

Doctoral students in the Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis program typically complete their degrees in approximately five and a half years.

During their first year of study graduate students take general courses in immunology, cell biology, and biochemistry. They also complete three 10-week laboratory rotations in order to acquaint themselves with potential advisors and research subjects for their dissertations.

By their second year, students actively pursue their dissertation research while taking courses on current topics in immunology and electives such as statistics for experimental biology. Students also each complete a two-day Teaching Assistant Training and Teaching Opportunity Program (TATTO). By the end of the year, students complete their qualifying exams.

During their remaining years in the program students participate in advanced graduate seminars and advanced graduate research courses as they complete their dissertation proposals, research, theses, and oral examinations.

Outstanding Faculty and Research Opportunities

The IMP program provides students with unique opportunities to study all aspects of pathogenesis using a spectrum of cutting edge molecular and cellular techniques. Participating faculty members have a broad range of research interests, from basic immunology to the molecular biology of viral and bacterial pathogens.

Graduate students in the Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis program have unique training opportunities through the Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance and the Emory Vaccine Center. Emory is unique in giving students the option to do dissertation work at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The IMP faculty is highly accomplished. Professor Richard Cumming has published over 230 peer-reviewed articles in the field of glycosciences. His research has been funded by the NIH since the early 1980s. In 2006, he came to Emory to found the Glycomics Center. He has received many awards, including the Society for Glycobiology's Karl Meyer Award for outstanding accomplishments.

Professor Max Cooper helped establish the dual nature of the adaptive immune system and discovered isotype switching by IgM-producing B cells. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Professor Rafi Ahmed is a world-renowned immunologist whose work during the past decade has been highly influential in shaping our current understanding of memory T cell differentiation and anti-viral T and B cell immunity. He is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Competitive Financial Support

Students in the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Emory receive tuition scholarships, health insurance, and stipends. They enjoy the low cost of living in suburban Atlanta, Georgia.

The stipend for the 2015-16 academic year is $29,000. In addition, several competitive fellowships are offered to outstanding applicants each year. These fellowships provide students with supplements to their stipends that range from $2,500 to $5,000 per year for five years, depending on the award.

Living in Atlanta

Emory University is located in a beautiful, wooded area of northeast Atlanta, Georgia, just four miles from downtown. The area serves as a hub of medical research, encompassing both the CDC and the American Cancer Society.

Midtown Atlanta is home to museums, galleries, and cultural activities that students enjoy. Atlanta's temperate climate affords students many opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, rafting, and camping.

Location & Contact

Program in Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis

Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Emory University

201 Dowman Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322-1100
United States

Dr. Brian Evavold


Phone: 404-727-3393
Fax: 404-727-3659

Ms. Kathy Smith

Director of Recruitment and Admissions

Phone: 404-727-2547
Fax: 404-727-3322

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Immunology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 2
    • Doctoral Degrees 9
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


16% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 165
    • Accepted 27
    • Acceptance Rate 16
    • Enrolled 8
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 1st December 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, minimum GPA of 3.0 in science course work (recommended)
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Tuition Waivers, Health Care Benefits, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students71
    • Female Percentage55%
    • Male Percentage45%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students71
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino5%
    • Black / African American3%
    • White / Caucasian57%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native2%
    • Asian16%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races2%
    • Unknown15%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty57
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage18%
    • Male Percentage82%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchTransplantation immunology, autoimmunity, microbial pathogenesis
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported