Prospective Students

Thank you for your interest in the graduate program in Pathology and Microbiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The mission of the department of pathology and microbiology at UNMC is to conduct the best possible research and provide the most rigorous and inspiring training in the areas of microbiology, pathology, immunology, host-pathogen interaction and related fields. Through such activities, our goal is to improve human and animal health as well as to improve our ability to be responsible stewards of a fragile earth. Through this website, we hope to present an overview of our research and training activities and to inspire like-minded individuals to join us in our endeavors.

Our flexible and interdisciplinary graduate program accommodates a wide-range of student interests and backgrounds. The learning experience is enhanced by an outstanding seminar series and journal clubs in which the most current immunology research is discussed. The graduate program involves nearly 50 primary faculty members within the department and 60 courtesy faculty members across campus, providing a high faculty/student ratio, while promoting an excellent environment for collegial interactions and stimulating exchanges of ideas. We also have strong relationships with other University of Nebraska’s campuses such as UNO and UNL, The Nebraska Medical Center (TNMC), as well as with the Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases, which provides our students with even greater opportunities for collaborative research efforts.

Students in the pathology and microbiology graduate program participate in coursework and laboratory research that will prepare them for competitively securing rewarding research and teaching careers in academic institutions, biotechnology industries, biomedical laboratories, and government agencies.

If you would like to learn more about the requisite courses and guidelines to obtaining your degree, please see our General Curriculum and Guidelines.  

Graduate Committee

The department of pathology and microbiology graduate committee oversees the graduate education program and is charged with a broad scope of graduate student affairs, both for M.S. and Ph.D. students. The committee reviews and recommends graduate program policies, procedures and standards, as well as reviews and approves course and program proposals. These members are also active in the recruitment and advising of students. Currently, we have six faculty who are members of this committee.

Rakesh K. Singh, Ph.D.,Professor, Program Director
Nora M. Chapman, Ph.D., Professor
Paul D. Fey, Ph.D., Professor
Kai Fu, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor
Tammy L. Kielian, Ph.D., Professor
Zhixin (Jason) Zhang, Ph.D., Professor

We also have a graduate student who is a student representative for the department of pathology and microbiology graduate program.
Tyler Scherr, Graduate Student Representative

Apply for Graduate Program
Online graduate application
Application Deadlines
March 1 - Fall Semester
(open applications)


October 1 - Spring Semester
(director's approval only)

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