Microbiology Ph.D. (Ithaca)

Field of Study


Program Description

Research areas include genetics, physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, systematic and environmental microbiology, microbial ecology, and virology. Most of the laboratories used by the field have been recently built or renovated, and a broad range of instrumentation is available for work in all aspects of microbiology and molecular biology. One semester of teaching is required for Ph.D. degree candidates.

Contact Information

Website: https://micro.cornell.edu/academics/graduate/
Email: Ma857@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-3088

107 Wing Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • microbiology


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Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall, Dec. 1; no spring admission

Requirements Summary:

Applicants should have preparation in general chemistry at an intermediate level; organic chemistry; physics; and introductory courses in the biological sciences. Training in physical chemistry and calculus is desirable. Although deficiency in the subjects listed does not preclude admission, it may increase the time necessary to earn a degree. Applicants are not required to submit GRE scores (general or subject tests).

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate proficiency in research laboratories (completing three rotations).

2. Demonstrate understanding of courses (predominately during the first two years).

3. Demonstrate proficiency in teaching in a formal teaching setting (by working as a teaching assistant).

4. Support education through teaching, mentoring, and outreach.

5. Make an original and substantial contribution to the field through research:

  • Explain research premises, experimental design and the analysis of results.
  • Explain methods and justifications for choosing particular methods.
  • Identify and access appropriate resources, synthesize existing knowledge, and critically analyze and evaluate results.
  • Listen, give, and receive feedback effectively.
  • Present research at national or regional meetings.
  • Publish peer-reviewed manuscripts.

6. Demonstrate commitment to professional development through engagement in graduate and professional societies and journal clubs.

7. Understand and adhere to ethical standards in the discipline and Responsible Conduct in Research.