The Doctor of Philosophy degree is the highest degree offered by the University. It is conferred only for work of distinction in which the student demonstrates outstanding original scholarship. The major emphasis of the doctoral program in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology is to provide an environment for the student to learn how to think; to ask questions and to answer them in the laboratory and library; to write and communicate; and to develop into a mature, articulate, and competent biomedical scientist.

The Doctoral Program in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology is quite demanding, but is designed to train the student in the art and science of biomedical research, and to give him/her the experience necessary to become an independent scientist. 

Several features of our Program provide exceptional training compared to other national programs:

  • Our faculty are internationally recognized and conduct research published in high impact journals. 
  • A high faculty to student ratio (approaching 1:1) results in a supportive and individualized training environment. 
  • Coursework is completed in the first year so students can focus early on research.
  • No teaching assistantships or other work responsibilities are required for financial support, allowing 100% effort for research.
  • Students develop teaching skills in many settings, including in formal seminars and in less formal journal clubs and data meetings (virology, bacteriology).  Additionally, workshops on teaching and seminar preparation are a standard part of the curriculum.
  • All students gain experience in written scientific communication by writing grants and proposals. 
  • Students host and interact with Distinguished Lecturers and all visiting seminar speakers.  For a list of former Graduate Student Distinguished Lecturers click here
  • The Department and the School of Medicine offer state-of-the art core facilities and instrumentation, including two BSL3 laboratories.  The LSUHSC library provides instant access to over 4000 online scientific journals.
  • The Department hosts an NIH-supported Center for Molecular and Tumor Virology to foster excellence in virology research.
  • Students are supported  by nationally competitive stipends.  Tuition is waived for all full time graduate students in good standing.
  • Quality of life in Shreveport is high, but cost of living is low.  There are many interesting things to see and do in the area.  Click here for more information.
  • Former students from the Department have an outstanding record of achievement in their subsequent careers, including in academic faculty positions, research and management in biotech and pharmaceutical industries, science writing, forensics, and government laboratories. 

The details of the Doctoral program are found below:

Outline of PhD program

Formal Program Learning Objectives


Journal Club


Qualifying and Preliminary Examinations

Research Proposal

Research Dissertation

Other Scholarly Activities

Regulations and Policies

Tuition and Stipend