Virology and Gene Therapy

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The Virology and Gene Therapy track of the Ph.D. Program offers you a highly productive, interactive research environment in which to develop as an independent investigator. Enthusiastic faculty members have primary interests in virology, viral vectors and gene therapy. These areas overlap with the fields of biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, genetics, and immunology.

Current areas of research:

  • Molecular biology of viruses
  • Mechanisms of virus-host interactions
  • Gene therapy
  • Oncoloytic virotherapy
  • Cancer immunotherapy
  • Vaccine development
  • Tissue engineering using viruses
  • Genetic engineering using viruses


  • Approximately 1-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Exemplary training from committed virologists and clinicians
  • Small class sizes focused on the basic principles and applications of viruses
  • Ability to translate discoveries directly to clinical practice
  • Meetings and seminars with world-renowned scientists
  • State-of-the-art equipment and core facilities ensuring cutting-edge science in viral engineering
  • Students fully funded through Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Photo of Mayo Clinic Virology and Gene Therapy student in a laboratory


  1. April 23, 2018
    1. Dr. Stephen Russell elected vice-president of the American Society for Gene and Cell Therapy
    2. American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy
  2. July 7, 2015
    1. Young girl inspires researcher — and may change cancer treatment
    2. In The Loop, Mayo Clinic
  3. Feb. 3, 2015
    1. Why measles is the most contagious virus
    2. Time
  4. Dec. 18, 2014
    1. Mayo Clinic trial: Massive blast of measles vaccine wipes out cancer
    2. Star Tribune
May 17, 2018