Infectious Diseases and Immunity Ph.D. Program


IDI Monday Doctoral Seminar Spring 2019

Admission application for Fall 2019 Admission is closed. For admission application and related information, please refer to the School of Public Health website for more information later for 2020 Admission cycle information:

IDI PhD campus interview date update: Feb 1, 2019 (Interviews are required for IDI PhD program admission consideration. Shortlisted applicants have been invited to campus interview to be held on Friday, Feb 1, 2019 (all day). We may hold further interviews later till all PhD positions are filled. Applicants will be kept informed.

Program Overview

The Graduate Group in Infectious Diseases and Immunity (IDI) provides an opportunity to study of the biology of infectious agents, their interaction with human and other hosts, and their relationship with the environment. The program is unique in its emphasis on integrated multidisciplinary training in host-pathogen-environmental interactions. Important areas of study include host-pathogen interactions, molecular and cellular pathogenesis, the ecology and evolution of disease agents, environmental factors in transmission, host and pathogen genetic factors that influence transmission, intermediate hosts and vectors, the molecular epidemiology and phylogenetics, vaccine, drug and diagnostic test development, and public health practices for disease prevention and control.

The IDI Program intends to create opportunities for students to gain new and advanced knowledge about infectious disease agents and how they interact with host cells, human populations, and the environment. Our goal is to improve public health by improving our understanding of infectious diseases and human immunology, through translational and basic research that contributes to developing new diagnostics, treatments, and methods to prevent or control diseases.

IDI Graduate Group faculty come from multiple departmental units spread throughout the departments of Infectious Diseases and Immunity, Plant and Microbial Biology, and Molecular and Cell Biology. The IDI Graduate Group is administratively managed by the School of Public Health, therefore we follow the School of Public Health application process and deadlines. Please check for more details.

We would like to thank the following funding donors for their generous fellowship support to support our students and our work:

  • Hillel and Rose Levine Fellowship
  • The Albert and Mildred Krueger Memorial Fellowship
  • Sally Anne Bradley Presser and Steven A. Presser Fellowship

Prospective donors, please visit