Immunology and Molecular Microbiology
The Department of Immunology and Molecular Microbiology integrates several different
disciplines (immunology, bacterial pathogenesis, virology, parasitology and molecular
biology) to provide students with a unique educational experience leading to a PhD
degree concentrated in Immunology and Infectious Diseases. This multidisciplinary
concentration is one of six major programs offered by the Graduate School of Biomedical
Sciences at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
Immunology and Infectious Diseases Program Descriptions
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree is the highest degree offered by the University.
Our PhD program is designed to train outstanding professionals who possess the necessary
background and experience for a career as a: a) faculty member in an academic institution; b) a research scientist, group leader
or program director in a research institute or c) staff scientist in a biotechnology
or pharmaceutical company. This individual will also be competent to teach immunology, microbiology and infectious
diseases at the undergraduate and/or graduate college or university level and exhibit
competency to lecture in advanced degree programs. An individual who completes our
PhD program will be competent to train graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and
research associates in an academic or research institution as well as in pharmaceutical
and biotechnology companies. The PhD requires approximately four to five years of
study and research to complete culminating in the successful defense of their dissertation.
Graduate school provides college graduates with the opportunity to pursue and fulfill
both their scientific and creative interests in a field of biomedicine that has well-documented relevance to medicine
and healthcare. With the transformation of medicine and the resulting emphasis on
patient care, it has become apparent that most of all new scientific and drug discoveries
will be made by biomedical research professionals. Thus, the future for a young person
with a PhD degree in Immunology and Molecular Microbiology is indeed, very promising.
An advanced degree from our graduate program will greatly enhance your career options
and marketability. As a graduate with a PhD degree from our department, you can expect
to begin your career with a substantially higher starting salary when you enter the
workforce and with a higher lifetime earning potential than college graduates holding
a Bachelor’s degree alone. For example, the most recent salary survey released by
the Association of American Medical Colleges states that the average salaries for
PhD level faculty at state university medical schools range from approximately $85,000-90,000/year
for Assistant Professors to greater than $150,000/year for Professors. It should be
noted that these salaries may be significantly greater for biomedical scientists who
are employed by pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies.