Prospective Students

Graduate Training

The Graduate Group in Microbiology (GMIC) is the core UC Davis graduate program for students interested in general microbiology, microbial ecology, microbial physiology, microbial genetics, molecular mechanisms of microbial regulation and pathogenesis, immunology, virology and recombinant DNA technology. The diverse faculty members in the group come from the School of Veterinary Medicine, the School of Medicine, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the College of Biological Sciences. This diversity of faculty offers students a wide range of opportunities and expertise from the UC Davis microbiology research community.

Successful completion of the GMIC program leads to either a master of science (MS) or doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree. Students applying to this program have varied backgrounds. Students graduate with the qualitative and quantitative skills necessary for professional research and teaching in microbiology.


The Microbiology Graduate Group at UC Davis is committed to a welcoming and inclusive research environment for all. The faculty and staff of GMIC know that a diverse research community benefits and informs creativity and scholarship; we strongly encourage underrepresented minority students to apply.