Prospective Students

The Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology (MIC) Department is the home department for over sixty Ph.D. candidate and MSTP Biomedical Sciences (BIMS) graduate students. Our graduate students study under internationally-recognized scientists in the areas of immunology, cancer biology, virology, bacteriology, infectious diseases, biodefense, cell-signaling, and gene regulation.

The diversity of our Department ensures that students in MIC are offered diverse, interdisciplinary training throughout their graduate career.  The wide variety of choices in laboratories and coursework, coupled with flexible departmental requirements, enables each student to design a custom-tailored training program that culminates in the awarding of the Ph.D. degree.

BIMS students who select primary or secondary MIC faculty for their theses mentors and choose to pursue their Ph.D. degrees in Microbiology have specific curriculum requirements. Details of the curriculum requirements and procedures for obtaining a Ph.D. in MIC are available on the following pages.


Questions about the MIC graduate program should be directed to:
Lucy F. Pemberton, PhD

Lucy F. Pemberton, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology
West Complex, Center for Cell Signaling, Room 7205, 7thFloor
PO Box 800577
Charlottesville , Virginia 22908
Email: lfp2n@virginia.edu
Tel: (434) 243-6737