Microbial Interactions

The Microbial Interactions specialization is designed to provide students with a broad array of training necessary to study complex interactions that occur between mammals and the massive populations of microorganisms that live in and on them. After completing the program, students should:

  1. Understand ecological principles that drive assemblages of microbes (the microbiome) that occupy various niches in and on mammalian hosts
  2. Understand how microbial assemblages relate to health, performance, and disease susceptibility of the host
  3. Understand the host factors (immune system, host genetics) that influence microbial ecosystems
  4. Understand the role of diet in shaping microbial communities
  5. Understand the applications of quantitative data sciences to analyze microbiome data and complex data sets

The first year of courses will consist of the Interdisciplinary Life Sciences PhD Core Curriculum. The remaining 25-30 credit hours will come from a combination of courses that fall into the categories of "host processes", "microbial processes" and "bioinformatics and systems biology". Students will take courses in all three of the categories, with the program of study based on the student's research project and their career goals.

Microbial Interactions Courses