Master of Science in Microbiology and Immunology

Major: MBIO
Degree Awarded: MS
Unit: GM
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/medschool/microbiology/

Program Information

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology, in the School of Medicine, offers a program of study leading to the degree of Master of Science. The M.S. program includes training in a broad range of research areas using state-of-the-art immunological, microbiological, and molecular technologies.

Program Admission Procedure

For admission to the M.S. program, the applicant must have attained a B.S or B.A. degree with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 point scale). All applicants accepted into the Master's Program must be self-supporting, as financial assistance is not available. In addition, the following should be submitted online directly to Graduate Admissions: http://louisville.edu/graduate/apply/

  • A completed application form and $60 application fee
  • Official scores of the General Test Section of the Graduate Record Examination and the TOEFL (when applicable)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A brief statement of purpose describing interests and career goals
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae
  • A letter of scientific support from a Department of Microbiology and Immunology faculty member(faculty agreement to mentor student in lab)
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work(mailed to School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies)

The applicant must meet the other general requirements of the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies as outlined in the General Information section of this catalog. The application deadline is March 1st each year. Submission prior to March 1 is strongly encouraged in order to ensure that all required materials (especially letters of reference) are received by the deadline. The applicant is expected to have completed the following undergraduate courses prior to admission to the graduate program: One year of introductory biology, one year of organic chemistry, one year of physics, one semester (or equivalent) of introductory calculus, and one semester of biochemistry.

Prospective students may be invited for a personal interview with members of the admissions committee and departmental faculty as part of the application process.

Curriculum

Required Courses

course title
credit hours
semester
BIOC 645
Biochemistry I
4
Fall
either -
MBIO 601
Molecular Microbiology
2
Fall
-or-
MBIO 602
Immunology
3
Fall
MBIO 606
Seminar/Journal Club
1(x2)
Fall & Spring
MBIO 610
Methods and Analysis in the Biomedical Sciences
2
Fall
BIOC 606-03
Survival Skills and Research Ethics
1
Spring
MBIO 619
Research
1-12
Fall, Spring & Summer
MBIO 620
Thesis (optional)
1-6
Fall, Spring & Summer

Electives:

Select two courses from the list of suggested electives

course title
credit hours
semester
MBIO 621
Advanced Immunology: Innate and Adaptive Immunity
2
Fall & Spring
MBIO 622
Advanced Immunology of Disease
2
Spring
MBIO 689
Microbiota in Health and Disease
2
Fall
MBIO 604
General Virology
1
Fall
MBIO 687
Microbial Pathogenesis
2
Spring
MBIO 687
Cell Biology
3
Spring
BIOC 603-03
BMG Statistics
2
Spring

If the student has satisfactorily completed the required courses and total credit hour requirements with an overall and program GPA of 3.0, then the student may register as an M.S. candidate.

Program of Study

Students admitted to the M.S. Degree Program should select a research advisor, form a thesis committee, and decide upon an area of research in the first semester. The student and advisor should form a committee of three (3), composed of the advisor, one other graduate faculty member of the department, and a third member with graduate faculty status in another department. The second committee member will serve as co-advisor if the advisor does not have primary appointment in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. The department chair may serve as an ex-officio member of the thesis committees.

Students in the M.S. program are required to submit and defend a thesis. The thesis must conform to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies' guidelines. Students, with the consent of the departmental graduate faculty committee, may elect to substitute a written research proposal instead of a traditional thesis, based on laboratory research performed by the student, describing successive research to be pursued. The final oral defense will be preceded by a research seminar open to everyone. The oral examination will be administered by the thesis committee, and will be open to any other interested graduate faculty members. Evaluation of student competence and thesis acceptability, together with departmental recommendations for graduation, will be forwarded to the Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.

Faculty

Pascale Alard

Associate Professor

Haribabu Bodduluri

Professor

Carolyn Casella

Assistant Professor

Donghoon Chung

Associate Professor

Donald R. Demuth

Professor

Nejat Egilmez
Professor

Chair

G. Rafael Fernandez-Botran

Associate Professor

James E. Graham

Associate Professor

James B. Hoying

Professor

Suzanne Ildstad

Professor

Venkatakrishna R. Jala

Assistant Professor

Henry Kaplan

Professor

Michele M. Kosiewicz

Associate Professor

Deepa Kolaseri Krishnadas

Assistant Professor

Yousef Abu Kwaik

Professor

Richard J. Lamont

Professor

Matthew Lawrenz

Associate Professor

Bing Li

Associate Professor

Pinghui Liu

Professor

Ken Lucas

Professor

Igor Lukashevich

Professor

Gary S. Marshall

Professor

Nobuyuki Matoba

Associate Professor

Richard D. Miller

Associate Professor

Robert Mitchell

Associate Professor

Thomas C. Mitchell
Professor

Director of Graduate Studies

Kenneth E. Palmer

Professor

Jan S. Potempa

Professor

David Powell

Associate Professor

Julio Ramirez

Professor

Jill Steinbach Rankins

Assistant Professor

Mariusz Ratajczak

Professor

Susanna K. Remold

Associate Professor

Carolyn Roberson

Assistant Professor

Russell D. Salter

Professor

Nathan Schmidt

Assistant Professor

David Scott

Professor

Hui Shao

Professor

Haval Shirwan

Professor

James W. Snyder

Professor

David Stirling

Assistant Professor

Uldis N. Streips

Professor

James T. Summersgill

Professor

Jill Suttles

Professor

Silvia M. Uriarte

Associate Professor

Huizhi Wang

Assistant Professor

Jonathan Warawa

Associate Professor

Micah Worley

Associate Professor

Kavitha Yaddanapudi

Assistant Professor

Jun Yan

Professor

Debbie Yoder-Himes

Assistant Professor

Esma Yolcu

Associate Professor

Huang-Ge Zhang

Professor

Heshan Sam Zhou

Associate Professor