General Info

  • Faculty working with students: 35
  • Students: 37
  • Students receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Part time study available: No
  • Application terms: Fall
  • Application deadline: November 30
Application Info


Mari Shinohara, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Integrative Immunobiology
Box 3010 Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC 27710

Phone: (919) 613-6977


Program Description

The Department of Integrative Immunobiology offers graduate training in various areas of molecular and cellular immunology.  Research topics in the department include adaptive immunity, innate immunity, antigen receptor gene recombination and hypermutations, immune signaling pathways, lymphocyte development, leukocyte trafficking, autoimmunity, host defense against pathogens, lymphomagenesis, and cancer immunology.  The program offers courses covering fundamental knowledge and advanced topics in immunology.  Graduate training also includes active participation in seminars, journal clubs, group meetings, and student teaching.  Annual committee meetings and progress reports are required for on time completion of thesis projects.


Application Information

Application Terms Available: Fall

Application Deadline: November 30

Graduate School Application Requirements
See the Application Instructions page for important details about each Graduate School requirement.

  • Transcripts: Unofficial transcripts required with application submission; official transcripts required upon admission
  • Letters of Recommendation: 3 Required
  • Statement of Purpose: Required
  • Résumé: Required
  • GRE Scores: GRE General: Optional
    This program does not require applicants to provide GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or other graduate entrance exam scores, but does allow you to upload scores if you feel they enhance your application. If you choose to submit test scores, you may enter them on the Test Scores page. If you choose to enter self-reported test scores, official test scores will become a required component of your application.
  • English Language Exam: TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test required* for applicants whose first language is not English
    *test waiver may apply for some applicants
  • GPA: Undergraduate GPA calculated on 4.0 scale required

Department-Specific Application Requirements (submitted through online application)

Writing Sample
None required

Additional Components
Optional Video Essay: How would a Duke PhD training experience help you achieve your academic and professional goals? Max video length 2 minutes; record externally and provide URL in application.

We strongly encourage you to review additional department-specific application guidance from the program to which you are applying: Departmental Application Guidance