About the Program

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The interest in explaining natural phenomena, including disease, is the basis for most students’ interest in the biological sciences. Microbiology has played a central role in all aspects of the biological sciences and an understanding of microbiology is fundamental to biological research. Our Ph.D. graduate program encourages a faculty-student relationship that creates a learning environment which is stimulating, productive, and rewarding for all its’ participants. Students gain advanced knowledge of general microbiology; microbial ecology; microbial physiology; microbial genetics; molecular mechanisms of microbial regulation and pathogenesis; immunology; virology; and recombinant DNA technology. Students graduate with the qualitative and quantitative skills necessary for professional research and teaching in microbiology.

Degree Type
Interdisciplinary Graduate Group
Degrees Offered
M.S. Plan I
Ph.D. Plan B
Lead Dean

School of Medicine

Major Code
QE Exception: No outside member needed

Admissions and Fellowship Information

Admission Deadlines
General: Dec 1, 2022
Space Available: Jun 1, 2023
Internal Fellowship Deadlines
Prospective Student Fellowship: Dec 1, 2022
Continuing Student Fellowship: Jan 15, 2023

Program Contact Information

Primary Program Contacts

Graduate Program Coordinator

Program Coordinator
Karryn Doyle
(530) 752-0262 | mgg@ucdavis.edu

Graduate Program Chair

Graduate Group Chair
Renée Tsolis
(530) 754-8497 | rmtsolis@ucdavis.edu

Additional Contacts

Program Contacts

Advisor: General
Angela Gelli
(530) 754-6446 | acgelli@ucdavis.edu

Advisor: Primary Contact
Johan Leveau
Plant Pathology
(530) 752-5046 | jleveau@ucdavis.edu

Advisor: General
Su-Ju Lin
Microbiology & Molec Genetics
(530) 754-6081 | slin@ucdavis.edu

Advisor: General
Rebecca Parales
Microbiology & Molec Genetics
(530) 754-5233 | reparales@ucdavis.edu

Advisor: General
Stefan Rothenburg
Med:Medical Microbiology & Imm

Advisor: Admissions Only
Lark Schneider
Vm: Pathology, Micro, & Immun
(530) 752-2946 | lcoffey@ucdavis.edu

Advisor: General
Barbara Shacklett
Med:Medical Microbiology & Imm
(530) 752-6785 | blshacklett@ucdavis.edu