We are glad that you are interested in our Doctoral Program. The Program is designed to educate students in the art and science of biomedical research, and to give him/her the experience and training needed to become an independent scientist. We offer state-of-the-art training in microbiology, immunology, virology, molecular biology, cancer research, pathogenesis of infectious diseases, and related disciplines. Students that graduate from our Program receive excellent preparation for a future in biomedical research and have gone on to successful careers (learn more about our former students). 


What is Microbiology & Immunology?

Diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and other microbial organisms cause widespread suffering throughout the world and in our own communities. At the same time, microbiologists are making breathtaking progress in understanding and combatting infectious pathogens through innovative molecular, biochemical, and computational technologies.

The doctoral program in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology provides an environment for the student to learn how to think; to ask questions and to answer them in the laboratory and library; to write and communicate; and to develop into a mature, articulate, and competent biomedical scientist.


What can you do with a PhD?

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is the highest degree offered by the University. It is conferred only for work of distinction in which the student demonstrates outstanding original scholarship. The Doctoral Program in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology is designed to train the student in the art and science of biomedical research, and to give him/her the experience necessary to become an independent scientist. 

Our Graduate Program provides exceptional training compared to other national programs.

Former students from the Department have an outstanding record of achievement in their subsequent careers, including in academic faculty positions, research and management in biotech and pharmaceutical industries, science writing, forensics, regulatory agencies, and government laboratories. 


Why choose to train at LSU Health Shreveport?

  • Our faculty are internationally recognized and conduct research published in high impact journals. 
  • A high faculty to student ratio (approaching 1:1) results in a supportive and individualized training environment. 
  • Coursework is completed in the first year so students can focus early on research.
  • No teaching assistantships or other work responsibilities are required for financial support, allowing 100% effort for research.
  • Students develop teaching skills in many settings, including in formal seminars and in less formal journal clubs and data meetings (virology, bacteriology).  Additionally, workshops on teaching and seminar preparation are a standard part of the curriculum.
  • All students gain experience in written scientific communication by writing grants and proposals. 
  • Students host and interact with Distinguished Lecturers and all visiting seminar speakers.  
  • The Department and the School of Medicine offer state-of-the art core facilities and instrumentation, including two BSL3 laboratories.  The LSU Health Shreveport Medical Library provides instant access to over 4000 online scientific journals.
  • The Department hosts an NIH-supported Center for Molecular and Tumor Virology to foster excellence in virology research.
  • Students are supported  by nationally competitive stipends.  Tuition is waived for all full time graduate students in good standing.
  • Quality of life in Shreveport is high, but cost of living is low. There are many interesting things to see and do in the area.  Click here for more information.


Laboratory Research

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The purpose of training in the Graduate Program of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology is to learn how to ask scientific questions and what to do to answer them.  For that reason, the program heavily emphasizes laboratory research.


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Contact Us

Department of Microbiology & Immunology
LSU Health Shreveport
1501 Kings Highway
P.O. Box 33932
Shreveport, LA 71103
(318) 675-5750

Dr. Martin J. Sapp
Department Chairman
(318) 675-4333

Dominique C. Williams, MSRS, RT(R)
Business Manager
(318) 675-5750

Dr. Stanimir Ivanov
Graduate Recruitment
(318) 675-3209

Andria Buck
Project Coordinator
(318) 675-4781

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Center for Emerging Viral Threats
LSU Boyd Professor,
Dr. Dennis O'Callaghan