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Department History

Our department has a long and distinguished history from its founding in the early 1960s to the present day. Our faculty, students and trainees have made major contributions to biomedical research.

The PhD Program in Molecular Microbiology, based at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences was created in 1965 as the PhD Program in Molecular Biology. Now an interdepartmental program and renamed Molecular Microbiology, the program has granted more than 175 PhD degrees and 10 MS degrees as of December 2011. The graduate program has been funded by two training grants from the NIH.

In 2010, a new track in infectious disease (MERGE-ID) was created in collaboration with the Graduate Program in Immunology and was funded by a training grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. In a recent survey of graduate education by the National Research Council, the Tufts Microbiology program was ranked among the very best in the country.