Program director
Ubaldo Soto

Associate program director
Mark Johnson

The core curriculum provides a broad background in molecular biology, immunology, and medical microbiology and infectious diseases. Advanced courses allow each student to fully develop an area of interest. Research strengths of the program include: signal transduction in bacteria, molecular genetics of virulence in bacteria, mechanisms of oxidative stress resistance, mechanisms of cell death, cellular and tumor immunology, normal and malignant immune cell development, autoimmunity, chaperonins and protein folding, mechanisms of posttranslational modification, and DNA restriction modification.

The thesis or research Master of Science degree provides training for individuals who will become technicians involved in biomedical research in universities or in the biotechnology industry, and for medical technologists seeking specialized research training. The non-thesis Master of Science degree provides content appropriate for medical technologists preparing for the specialist in microbiology certification; for secondary teachers seeking advanced training in areas such as molecular biology, immunology, or microbiology; and for students seeking admission to professional schools, such as medicine or dentistry.

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is designed to prepare students for careers in independent research, and teaching in a university, clinical, or biotechnology environment. Doctoral degree students are expected to develop creativity and independence in addition to technical skills.

Program learning outcomes

By the end of the program, the graduate should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the biomedical sciences.
  2. Demonstrate subject mastery in molecular, cellular, and integrative aspects of microbiology and immunity/inflammation.
  3. Interpret the current literature in microbiology and immunity/inflammation.
  4. Make original contributions to the body of biomedical knowledge.
  5. Exhibit the principles of scientific and professional ethics.
  6. Demonstrate the process of applying for external funding.*

*This learning outcome is not applicable to M.S. degree students.