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    Emerging Infectious Diseases and Pandemics

    Our research is on the frontlines of controlling and eradicating emerging infectious diseases.

Graduate Studies

A graduate degree in Pathobiology offers an exciting range of possible careers. The Department of Pathobiology offers two graduate degrees: Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pathobiology, with areas of concentrations in Bacteriology, Virology, and Pathology, as well as an M.S. degree in Pathobiology with an area of concentration in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology. Faculty research focuses on infectious diseases of animals and humans, vaccines, veterinary pathology, and wildlife diseases. Many faculty are members of the Center of Excellence for Vaccine Research (CEVR), which provides a unifying consortium for vaccine research at the University of Connecticut. The department also provides service to the University and citizens of the State of Connecticut through integration with the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory. The Veterinary Anatomic Pathology M.S. program is open only to students with the D.V.M/V.M.D. degree.

Application Process

Prospective students should apply to our programs (M.S. and Ph.D.) directly via the Graduate School. Our program accepts applications throughout the year with start dates of August (Fall semester) and January (Spring semester) on a competitive basis, pending availability of space and funding.

Students have the option to be pre-screened for acceptability into our program before submitting their application to the Graduate School, by sending the following materials directly to the Graduate Committee via email (christine.ware@uconn.edu):

  1. Curriculum vitae (CV) or resume;
  2. Transcripts (in English);
  3. A Personal Statement that includes intended program (MS or PhD) and start date (Fall or Spring), area(s) of interest (concentration), and preferred advisor choice(s) based on research interests;
  4. Names and contact information for at least three references;
  5. International students must also send English proficiency scores acceptable by the Graduate School (eg, TOEFL or IELTS).

Applications will be pre-screen for (1) acceptability into our program, (2) faculty interest, and (3) availability of funds. This allows prospective students to submit a formal application via the Graduate School only when there is a realistic chance of getting accepted into our programs.

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Graduate Admissions

Admissions into Pathobiology are through the UConn Graduate School. Students should contact a faculty advisor prior to applying.

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Research Focus Areas

Pathobiology faculty have diverse research interests and lead our field in discovery and innovative research to solve critical issues.

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Department Programs

We are the center for infectious disease research on the Storrs Campus.
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