The Microbiology Residency and Ph.D. program prepares trainees for board certification with the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists through post-D.V.M. training in diagnostic microbiology and original research in infectious disease.
Earn a Ph.D. in microbiology
Trainees are introduced to infectious disease research programs through interactions with faculty mentors and rotations through research laboratories. Participate in case discussions with veterinary students and undergraduate microbiology students.
Customized program accommodates trainee interest in virology, bacteriology, immunology, or parasitology
Access to modern equipment for diagnosis and treatment of infectious and other animal diseases
Work, teach, and learn in state-of-the-art facilities, with access to modern diagnostic and treatment technology and equipment.
Training and Experience
Through close interaction and communication with faculty microbiologists, technicians, and clients, trainees gain experience in a wide variety of microbiological techniques, interpretation of results, and development of recommendations for follow-up investigations of special interest cases.
- Explore of all aspects of diagnostic microbiology, with a custom-tailored focus on special interest in virology, bacteriology, or immunology through rotations in each applied microbiology section
- Dedicate 36 weeks to diagnostic microbiology during year one, 18 weeks in year two, and nine weeks in years two and three
- Train and research alongside faculty in the Infectious Disease Research and Response Network, a CSU Program of Research and Scholarly Excellence that conducts internationally-recognized research that emphasizes contemporary investigations of infectious disease
- Work with a wide variety of tissues from domestic and non-domestic species for microbiological analyses, including bacteriology, mycology, virology, serology, and parasitology
- Arthropod-borne diseases
- Diagnostic microbiology
- Mycobacterial diseases
- Parasitic diseases
- Retroviral diseases
- Vector molecular biology
The Microbiology Residency and Ph.D. program equips trainees with essential experience valued by a variety of employers, including:
- Academic institutions
- Biologic industry
- Pharmaceutical industry
- Regulatory agencies
- Veterinary diagnostic laboratories
Application Information and Deadlines
To apply, complete the Online Graduate Application via the Graduate School. Early submission is encouraged.
The application fee does not need to be paid at time of submission, but will be required if you are selected for a position. Because this is a fall-start only program, if you select a summer start your application will not be reviewed.
Proof of financial support and a pre-identified faculty sponsor for international applicants are required.
|Late August||Application Opens|
|October 15||Application Deadline|
Have questions about the program, minimum requirements, application process, or compensation and benefits? Fill out the contact form to get in touch with our program staff.
Compensation and Benefits
Residents receive a stipend and full tuition coverage. For more information about Colorado State University employee benefits, visit the Human Resources website.
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