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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 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 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
 
Microbiota in Health & Disease
2
Fall
 
Cell Biology of Viruses
1
Spring
MBIO 687 
Microbial Pathogenesis 
2
Spring
BIOC 667
Cell Biology
3
Spring
PHTX 618 01
Introduction to Biostatistics
2
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

Nejat Egilmez

Professor and Chair

Yousef Abu Kwaik
Professor

Pascale Alard

Associate Professor

Haribabu Bodduluri
Professor

Paula Chilton
Assistant Professor

Donghoon 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

Jill Suttles
Professor

Jonathan Warawa
Assistant Professor

Esma Yolcu
Associate 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

Igor Lukashevich

Professor

Gary S. Marshall
Professor

Kenneth McLeish
Professor

Robert Mitchell
Associate Professor

David Powell

Assistant Professor

Julio Ramirez

Professor

Mariusz Ratajczak
Professor

Susanna K. Remold
Associate Professor

David Scott
Associate Professor

Hui Shao
Professor

James W. Snyder
Professor

Matthew Spite
Assistant Professor

Robert H. Staat
Professor

David Stirling
Assistant Professor

James T. Summersgill
Professor

Silvia M. Uriarte
Assistant Professor

Huizhi Wang
Assistant Professor

Micah Worley
Associate Professor

Kavitha Yaddanapudi
Assistant Professor

Jun Yan
Professor

Debbie Yoder-Himes

Assistant Professor

Adjunct Faculty

Mawadda Al-Naeeli
Assistant Professor
Ohio University Zanesville

Carl Bruder
Karolinska Institute
Stockholm, Sweden

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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