Program Description

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is designed to prepare students for careers in independent research, and teaching in a university, clinical, or biotechnology environment. Doctoral degree students are expected to develop creativity and independence in addition to technical skills.

By the end of the program, the graduate should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the biomedical sciences;
  • Demonstrate subject mastery in molecular, cellular, and integrative aspects of microbiology and immunity/inflammation;
  • Interpret the current literature in microbiology and immunity/inflammation;
  • Make original contributions to the body of biomedical knowledge;
  • Exhibit the principles of scientific and professional ethics;
  • Demonstrate the process of applying for external funding.

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Program Length

Five (5) years; based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted

Possible Careers

Integrating faith and health
Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.