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For prospective graduate students: Our lab accepts students through several Duke graduate programs, including: the Molecular Genetics and Microbiology (MGM) program, the University Program in Genetics and Genomics (UPGG), and the Program in Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB). All are fantastic, degree-granting programs – your selection of graduate program should ultimately relate to your specific research interests and goals. To explore which program will best suit you, check out the program and program-affiliated faculty websites. The program that best suits you will have many faculty members whose work excites you and who you could envision as your advisor for your Ph.D. For those faculty, check out some of their recent papers and graduates from their lab to get a sense of their research and lab history. This background work will help to narrow down program and rotation choices.

For all these graduate programs, the application is submitted centrally through the Duke Graduate School. Check out more information on the program and applications here. The application generally includes your research experiences, your personal statement, prior academic performance, a diversity statement, and reference letters from faculty who can speak to your experience, and preparedness for graduate education. Make sure to reach out to your letter writers early in the application process. This will give them plenty of time for them to write a thoughtful letter on your prior academic work or research. Note that none of these programs require the GRE.

For our lab, once students are accepted into a Duke graduate program, we take rotation students throughout the academic year. Each of the programs mentioned above allows you to rotate through several labs in your first year before deciding on the lab that best suits you (i.e., mentorship, lab culture, research area, etc.). We are always excited to have both wet and dry lab students rotate that are interested in host-pathogen interactions, genetics and tuberculosis!