The Infection & Immunity PhD program is a multidisciplinary research program that will prepare PhD candidates for a career focused on challenges and solutions that affect the lives of millions around the globe. Our PhD program was formed in 1993 and has proven itself over the decades. We connect immunologists, infectious disease physicians, paediatricians, bacteriologists, virologists, chemists and cell biologist to study and fight elements in infectious diseases and immunological disorders. We have assembled groups that do outstanding research. Not only in basic microbiology and immunology, but also in the field where the two research areas meet.

Erna van Wilsem

Erna van Wilsem

Coordinator PhD program


Our PhD candidates are professional researchers. We believe that their research project and thesis should be their main concern during their PhD track. Therefor our curriculum consists of monthly seminars by leading international researchers, weekly in-depth lectures by guest lecturers, yearly meetings with your peers and advanced courses in Immunology and Infectious diseases

Besides these activities, we encourage our PhD candidates to obtain new skills at the GS-LS course centre, to visit (international) symposia and conferences, and to participate in professional courses pertinent to their own research projects.


To enter the PhD programme Infection & Immunity, you must have a position as a PhD student at the Utrecht University.
Only after obtaining a PhD position, you can fill out our application form.


Infection & Immunity Utrecht sponsors the theses of its members.
An amount of € 100,00 is available per thesis.