Graduate Program

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Graduate training leading to the Ph.D. is available in laboratories of faculty of the department. In addition to formal course work, students participate in a variety of activities that enhance their training and facilitate interaction with other students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty. These include participation in the monthly Departmental Research in Progress meeting; participation in activities organized by the Centers of Microbial Pathogenesis, RNA Biology, Virology, Experimental Genetics, and Genomics of Microbial Systems; and attendance at an annual departmental retreat. The program is committed to training young researchers to solve fundamental problems in microbiology and genetics.

For further information, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies:

Matthew Scaglione, PhD 
Director of Graduate Studies
5128 MSRB III Building/Box 103853
Durham, N.C. 27710
Phone: (919) 660.8830 

Watch a video about the Duke Graduate Program in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology.

The Duke Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Graduate Program is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, as well as applicable state regulations and federal and state privacy laws.

If you believe you may need and qualify for reasonable accommodations, please visit Duke’s Disability Management System (DMS) for detailed information and procedures. The knowledgeable staff at DMS serves Duke’s undergraduate, graduate and professional students, trainees, employees, and faculty, as well as the public, in support of Duke University and Duke University Health System efforts to ensure an accessible, hospitable working and learning environment for people with disabilities. Through DMS, Duke ensures consistent processes for requesting accommodations, evaluating needs, and determining appropriate response, and the DMS serves as a clearinghouse for disability-related information, procedures and services available at Duke, in Durham, and in North Carolina. For detailed information about DMS visit: