Microbiology Program

Microbiology Program

Microbiology Program

Microbiology Program

Microbiology Program

The Doctoral Program in Microbiology provides advanced training and education for students with the desire and ability to thrive in a stimulating, research-oriented graduate program leading to careers in science in the academic, governmental, or private sectors.

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October 2-6, 2023

The CU Anschutz Biomedical PhD Expo is a week-long virtual showcase of our basic and biomedical PhD programs. Programs will host individual information sessions and answer all of your questions about student life, research, admissions, and more!

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Joshua Kirsch


Joshua Kirsch, PhD Candidate, Duerkop Lab

Joshua Kirsch is a 5th year doctoral candidate in Breck Duerkop’s lab. Josh is researching how transposable elements diversify bacterial genomes at both the strain and population level. 

Josh was awarded the Gisela Mosig award for outstanding bacteriophage research at ASM Microbe 2021 and has been invited to give talks at regional, national, and international meetings. Thus far in his graduate career, he has published one first author research article (which was selected for the cover of the issue) and one first author review.  

Outside of the lab, josh loves climbing, hiking, and pasta. The best advice Josh has for new graduate students is to treat every day as an opportunity to accomplish something great!

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