Welcome to the PhD Program in Virology


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Virology Retreat 2019

A Warm Welcome


It is an exciting time to study virology!  In the last decade, we've seen new viruses—SARS, H1N1 influenza, and Nipah viruses among them—emerging around the world; Ebola Chikungunya, and West Nile viruses have re-emerged; and the AIDS epidemic continues to sweep across sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia.  New vaccines for HIV, smallpox, avian influenza and genital herpes are sorely needed.  New antivirals for Dengue, hepatitis C and HIV viruses are also desperately needed.  The role of such viruses as Merkel cell polyoma, papilloma, Kaposi’s sarcoma and Epstein-Barr virus in human cancer highlight challenges to prevent and treat these diseases. 


Researchers at Harvard University are working on all these biomedical problems.  They conduct basic research defining new molecular structures of viruses and virus-encoded enzymes, new mechanisms within cells for molecular and organelle trafficking and function, and new mechanisms that control cell growth.  Harvard researchers are among the world leaders in the design and testing of AIDS, genital herpes, and smallpox vaccines. The Harvard Program in Virology provides extraordinary opportunities to conduct graduate study for the Ph.D. degree in these exciting areas of biomedical science. 




HMS COVID-19 policy

Guidance for HMS Community around Coronavirus (COVID-19): https://hms.harvard.edu/coronavirus



Career and Professional Development Navigator

The Career and Professional Development Navigator is a one-stop service center connecting Harvard bioscience master’s, doctoral and professional students with resources, events, news, and providers related to skills and professional development.  

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New Harvard Medical School Diversity Statement Released

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Visit the Minority Students in Biomedical Science website.




How Pfizer Makes Its Covid-19 Vaccine

Pfizer vaccine being prepared for distribution in Kalamazoo

A look at the process of making the Pfizer vaccine. This article from the New York Times illustrates the breadth of the molecular biology, virology, and immunology foundation for the mRNA vaccines. Read more here.



Organized to fight the pandemic



To stem the coronavirus crisis, Harvard Medical School scientists forge ahead on six key fronts. Read more here.



Student Publications



Please click here for access to recent publications by Virology students.




Fall 2021 Application Now Open

The application for Fall 2021 matriculation is now open. Please click here to apply.

The application deadline is December 1, 2020 at 5:00pm Eastern time. 

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