MD-PhD Program

Richard Jin and Elizabeth Wohlfert, PhD.

Richard Jin is studying a biomarker for the efficacy of dendritic cell vaccination in glioblastoma patients. His mentor, Elizabeth Wohlfert, PhD, is guiding him through the research process.

Prepare to excel as a physician-scientist, gaining the skill set you need to make your mark as both an investigator and a clinician.

Research Exploring Disease Pathogens

We offer you outstanding opportunities to engage in research that supports potential clinical applications. You may explore host defenses, new drug targets and disease processes of various pathogens.

You will gain a depth and breadth of knowledge in many areas of microbiology and immunology. Through laboratory work as well as our well-rounded core curriculum, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the interactions between a pathogen and its human host.

You will have the distinct advantage of learning from experts who specialize in varied areas: bacteriology, virology, parasitology, mycology and immunology.

Build High-Demand Skills

Throughout your program, we support your growth and development. Our committed faculty — nationally and internationally recognized scientists in the field — mentor you extensively.

As you gain experience and build your own expertise, your mentor will involve you more deeply in our interdisciplinary projects.

Discovery Through Teamwork

You will work as part of a team and have opportunities to collaborate with experts from across UB, the region and beyond. You may learn from specialists in anesthesiology, infectious disease medicine, oral biology and cancer immunology, for example.

We consistently encourage your participation in discussion and dialogue. You will join in interdisciplinary group meetings in your own laboratory as well as informal interlaboratory meetings. You will build collaborative networks as you exchange ideas with others.

Contact Us

Director of Graduate Studies

Wohlfert, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Wohlfert, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Room 5256 955 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: 7168293969


Associate Director of Graduate Studies

Armbruster, Chelsie

Chelsie Armbruster, PhD

Associate Professor

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Room 5218 955 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 829-6059


Graduate Program Administrator

Caroline Golach.

Caroline Golach

Senior Staff Assistant

Microbiology and Immunology

955 Main St. Room 5102B Buffalo, NY 14203-1121

Phone: (716) 829-2993