The image, © 2013 by Hatch Show Print, is a two-block, three-color letterpress poster custom designed and produced in limited edition for the Department by letterpress artist Celene Aubry  at Hatch Show Print in Downtown Nashville.  Hatch Show Print has been an iconic advertising medium from Nashville for more than a century, and even today creates unique art for the national music and entertainment industries.  The poster declares to the world the pride we feel in our Mission, in Vanderbilt and in Nashville.


Graduate Program in
Microbiology and Immunology


The Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology offers a program of study leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology.  

For students who also wish to obtain a Doctor of Medicine degree, a combined program of study leading to the M.D. and Ph.D. degrees is available through the Medical Scientist Training Program at Vanderbilt. The Graduate Program in Microbiology and Immunology (GPMI) currently has eight MSTP graduate students. 

The GPMI is designed to equip students with an understanding of a particular subdivision of the discipline, such as microbial cell biology, virology, and regulation of the immune system.  The Program's didactic requirements have been tailored to accommodate individual student needs with strong emphasis on the fundamental principles that underlie hypothesis-driven research in the biomedical sciences. The department also provides opportunities to develop scientific communication skills via bimonthly student seminars. 

For additional information about the Graduate Program in Microbiology & Immunology, contact:

Christopher Aiken, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Studies

Lorie Franklin
Educational Specialist and Program Manager