The Microbiology training program, directed by Robert Schneider, PhD, a member of the MSTP training faculty, prepares doctoral candidates in the biology of infectious disease processes. Training is offered in prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbial and molecular genetics; mechanisms of pathogenicity and host resistance to infectious agents; AIDS, retrovirology and oncogenic viruses; growth factors; cytokines; mechanisms of signal transduction and transcriptional regulation, as well as the biochemistry, cell biological, and immunological phenomena associated with infections. The curriculum emphasizes molecular aspects of pathogenesis with courses in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, genetics, immunology, and medical microbiology, microbial pathogenesis, and virology. Joel Belasco, PhD, of the Skirball Institute and Department of Microbiology, and a member of the MSTP training faculty, serves as the Graduate Advisor.

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