MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Welcome to the MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences graduate program in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. Our location in the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest biomedical center, provides an excellent research environment. Our program draws its faculty from 5 different departments at The University of Texas McGovern Medical School, as well as from UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the Texas A&M University Institute for Biosciences and Technology. Our program faculty have diverse research interests and are internationally recognized leaders in their respective fields. Each of our laboratories is well-funded with research grants and is equipped with the resources necessary to offer state-of-the-art training opportunities. We share a high degree of commitment to graduate education, and we strive to provide courses that convey fundamental knowledge as well as the latest developments in the broadly defined areas of microbiology and infectious diseases.  All of these factors have led to our consistently high ranking among molecular microbiology graduate programs and departments.

In the past decade, the biological sciences have undergone a revolution of unprecedented scale. This revolution, fueled in large part by studies in microbiology, is fast reshaping the way scientists approach the myriad biomedical and environmental issues confronting our society today. At the same time, microbiology still maintains its classical advantages – a wide variety of well-developed experimental approaches are available in the study of microbes, and many experiments can be completed in a relatively short time period. This makes microbiology especially well-suited for graduate student training. Our program faculty explore questions relevant to the following areas of modern microbiology:

Fundamental Life Processes

Many genes and their activities are conserved among bacteria, archaea, and eukaryotes. Our faculty exploit the many practical advantages of microbes to perform detailed mechanistic studies of a wide array of fundamental biological phenomena. These include gene expression, cell division, membrane biogenesis, macromolecular transport, multicellular development, and cellular differentiation.

Microbial Pathogenesis

Understanding virulence mechanisms is a major arm of medical research. Our faculty apply modern molecular genetic and biochemical technologies to understand the basis for infectious disease. Emphasis is placed on identifying and characterizing regulatory networks controlling virulence gene expression, virulence factor structure and function, mechanisms for spread of antibiotic resistance, and the host-pathogen interactions.

Students affiliated with legacy programs (i.e., those that existed before the GSBS program reorganization), may click here to find information about their program requirements.