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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://graduate.louisville.edu/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 Graduate Admissions)
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 690
Research Methods in Microbiology & immunology
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 618 
Topics in Advanced Microbiology 
1-3
Fall & Spring
 
Advanced Immunology : Innate and Adaptive Immunity 
2
Spring
 
Advanced Immunology: Autoimmunity, Cancer, and Transplantation 
2
Fall
 
Cell Biology of Viruses
1
Spring
MBIO 687 
Microbial Pathogenesis 
2
Spring
MBIO 671 
Epidemiology and Pathogenesis of Human Viruses 
1
Spring
MBIO 672 
Recombinant viruses and viral vectors 
1
Spring
 
(must take both MBIO 671 and 672 courses to equal one elective.)
 
 
BIOC 667
PHTX 618 01
Cell Biology
Introduction to Biostatistics
3
2
Spring
Summer

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. 



Departmental Faculty


Primary Faculty
 
Jill Suttles
Professor and Interim Chair
Yousef Abu Kwaik
Professor
Pascale Alard
Associate Professor
Haribabu Bodduluri
Professor
Paula Chilton
Assistant Professor
Dong Hoon Chung
Assistant Professor
James E. Graham
Associate Professor
Lawrence A. Hunt
Associate Professor
Venkatakrishna R. Jala
Assistant Professor
Colleen Johnson
Professor
Michele M. Kosiewicz
Associate Professor
Matthew Lawrenz
Assistant Professor
Richard D. Miller
Associate Professor
Thomas C. Mitchell
Professor
Haval Shirwan
Professor 
Uldis N. Streips
Professor
Jonathan Warawa
Assistant Professor
Esma Yolcu
Assistant Professor
Huang-Ge Zhang
Professor 
Joint Faculty
 
David Dunn
Professor

Associate Faculty
 
William G. Cheadle
Professor
Donald R. Demuth
Professor
G. Rafael Fernandez-Botran
Associate Professor
Suzanne Ildstad
Professor
Henry Kaplan
Professor
Deepa Kolaseri

Assistant Professor

Richard J. Lamont
Professor

Ken Lucas

Professor

Gary S. Marshall
Professor

Kenneth McLeish
Professor

David Powell

Assistant Professor

Mariusz Ratajczak
Professor

Susanna K. Remold
Assistant Professor

David Scott
Associate Professor

Hui Shao
Professor
James W. Snyder
Professor
Matthew Spite
Assistant Professor
James T. Summersgill
Professor
Robert H. Staat
Professor
Douglas D. Taylor
Professor
Silvia M. Uriarte
Assistant Professor
Micah Worley
Assistant Professor
Jun Yan
Professor
Debbie Yoder-Himes
Assistant Professor
 
Adjunct Faculty
Carl Bruder
Karolinska Institute
Stockholm, Sweden
Nejat Egilmez
Professor
University at Buffalo (SUNY)
Anthony J. Janckila
Associate Professor
Department of Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center
Emeritus Faculty
 
Pinghui Liu
Professor



Contact Information

Microbiology and Immunology - MS

Graduate Program Office
(502)852-6208
 

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