Oct 15, 2021  
USC 2015-2016 Catalogue 
USC 2015-2016 Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

Return to: Keck School of Medicine of USC  

Hoffman Medical Research Center 401
2011 Zonal Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90089-9094
(323) 442-1713
FAX: (323) 442-1721
Email: mmidept@usc.edu


Distinguished Professor and Chair: Jae U. Jung, PhD

Fletcher Jones Foundation Chair of Molecular Biology and Immunology and Hastings Foundation Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology: Jae Jung, PhD

Rita and Edward Polusky Chair in Basic Cancer Research: Michael Lieber, PhD, MD

Walter A. Richter Chair in Cancer Research: W. Martin Kast, PhD

Leslie P. Weiner Professor of Neurology and Richard Angus Grant, Sr., Chair in Neurology: Leslie P. Weiner, MD

Chair, Graduate Advisory Committee: Stanley M. Tahara, Associate Professor

Professors: S. Chen; G. Coetzee (Urology); L. Comai; S.J. Gao; D.A. Horwitz (Medicine); M. Lieber (Pathology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology); W.M. Kast; M. McMillan; J.-H. Ou; P. K. Pattengale (Pathology); L.P. Weiner (Neurology)

Associate Professors: Omid Akbari; E. Bogenmann (Pediatrics); P. Cannon; R. Duncan (Pharmacy); P. Feng; H.K.W. Fong (Ophthalmology); C. Hill (Radiation Oncology); A. Jong (Pediatrics); J.R. Landolph; H. Lee; A. Schönthal; S. Tahara; E. Zandi

Assistant Professors: R.W. DePaolo; X.F. Huang; C. Liang; K. Machida; T. Saito (GI Liver-Medicine); W. Yuan

Associate Professor of Research: S.Y. Park

Assistant Professors of Research: H. Lee; Z. Toth

Emeritus Professors: F. Aladjem; M. Lieb; G. Dennert

Clinical Assistant Professor: Jie Li

Distinguished Professor, Emeritus: Michael M.C. Lai

The Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology is located on the Health Sciences Campus in the Elaine Stevely Hoffman Medical Research Center, in the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and at the USC Institute for Genetic Medicine. Faculty guidance and specialized facilities are available for advanced research in animal virology, eucaryotic cell biology and cellular differentiation, molecular and cellular immunology, genetic diseases, microbial and molecular genetics, regulation of gene expression, and chemical and viral carcinogenesis.

Graduate Programs


An applicant to the graduate programs in molecular microbiology and immunology must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in science — usually biology, chemistry or physics. The applicant must have demonstrated strength in science or mathematics. Undergraduate course work should have included at least one year of biology, chemistry through organic chemistry, mathematics through calculus, physics and physical chemistry. Deficiencies may be made up early in the predoctoral program.

The department encourages applicants to contact its office prior to making formal application. Each applicant must pass satisfactorily the general and advanced (biochemistry, cell and molecular biology or biology, chemistry or physics) portions of the Graduate Record Examinations, and must also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be written. In addition, the applicant must provide a one-page statement of career objectives, including the general area of research interest. This statement is intended to facilitate selection of those students who will most benefit from the department’s graduate program. A personal interview is strongly recommended but not required.

Applicants who have attended graduate school at another university may be admitted to advanced standing upon recommendation of the department.

Training Grants and Fellowships

Incoming domestic students may be supported by a departmental training grant or by a research grant to a specific faculty mentor during their first year; subsequently, students are supported by research grants awarded to individual faculty members. International students are supported by research assistantships.


Master’s Degree


Molecular Microbiology and Immunology