Please note: The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio will now be called "UT Health San Antonio."


The diverse research environment provided at UT Health San Antonio and in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics is perfectly suited to offer Ph.D. students a unique training experience in research areas involving molecular, cellular, and systems studies of the host’s immune system in health and disease. There is also a great breadth of basic science and clinical research opportunities at UT Health San Antonio that only an integrated health science campus such as ours can provide.

The classroom and research activities of the Molecular Immunology and Microbiology discipline of the Integrated Biomedical Sciences program focus on the developmental and genetic processes that lead to effective healthy immunity, host defense against microbial infections and the development of vaccines that enhance those defenses, and defective immune responses that result in autoimmune diseases, allergy and cancer. Research to explore these biomedical problems is performed in spacious, newly renovated labs with state-of-the-art equipment, complemented by numerous departmental facilities designed for studies requiring confocal microscopy, nucleic acid sequencing and analysis, flow cytometry and infectious tissue culture. Importantly, eight new tenure-track faculty have recently been added to our roster of nearly 60 primary and adjunct faculty giving us the high energy and expertise that has allowed us to create a program of study and research tailored to the interests of each individual student in our discipline. Our students also participate in many enrichment activities that include weekly seminars, journal clubs, an annual retreat, travel to national and international conferences and numerous social activities. Overall, the Molecular Immunology and Microbiology discipline of the Integrated Biomedical Sciences program provides graduate students with a comprehensive interdisciplinary foundation in biomedical studies that is essential to excel in our 21 st century world of translational science, and to propel graduates into future careers in biomedical research and education.

  • Kendra Alfson

    I chose UT Health San Antonio for many reasons; I liked the idea of an interdisciplinary program, San Antonio seemed like a great place to live, the research being done at the school (and at Texas Biomedical Research Institute under the lab of Dr. Anthony Griffiths where I chose to do my research) was fascinating. Because I was always intrigued by microbiology and specifically virology, the program was a no brainer. I also liked the multidisciplinary nature of the program; I thought it would help me become more well-rounded and prepared for the increasingly interdisciplinary world of science research.



Students receive a stipend of $30,000. Tuition, fees, and basic student health insurance are covered by the program.

Application Deadlines:

Fall/January 1 (Priority)

Fall/March 15 (Final)


Amber Yuker, 

Discipline Coordinator,


Dr. Mike Berton 

Discipline Director,