The IMP program provides students with a unique opportunity to study all aspects of pathogenesis using a spectrum of cutting edge molecular and cellular techniques. Participating faculty have a broad range of research interests, from basic immunology to the molecular biology of viral and bacterial pathogens. The program therefore provides an opportunity to tailor course work and research activities to fit the career goals of individual students. In the first year, students take courses in immunology, biochemistry, and cell biology, take three 10-week laboratory rotations and then select an advisor and laboratory for dissertation research. In the second year, students will spend the majority of time on their thesis research, but a wide range of elective courses is available, and teaching experience is also gained during this time. The third year and beyond are devoted almost entirely to completion of the thesis research project. Students typically complete this Ph.D. program in approximately five years. For more information, please download a copy of the current IMP Handbook.