Graduate Program in Microbiology & Immunology

The Department of Microbiology & Immunology offers graduate programs leading to the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees. The department has expertise necessary for the instruction and training of advanced students in areas that include cellular and molecular biology of eukaryotes, microbial genetics and molecular biology, immunology, medical microbiology, microbial physiology, and virology.

Key reasearch areas include:

Molecular Genetics/Microbial Physiology: molecular regulation and secretion of virulence factors in pathogenic bacteria, genetic regulation of gluconeogenic enzymes, catalytic and regulatory mechanisms of microbial enzymes, chromosomal rearrangements, carcinogenesis, chemical mutagenesis, mutagenic mechanisms, DNA alkylation damage and repair in eukaryotes, and mechanism of replication nitiation.

Immunology/Virology: molecular and cellular mechanisms responsible for self-nonself discrimination and immune class determination, cellular and molecular interactions involved in lymphocyte activation and differentiation, analysis of regulatory function of CD8 T cells.

Pathogenesis/Infectious Diseases: development of effective vaccination and immunotherapeutic strategies against intracellular pathogens causing chronic disease and against cancers, clinical bacteriology.

Tumor Biology/Immunology: tumor metastasis, molecular tumor immunology.

The department selects graduate students from among a wide pool of applicants, including honours students in microbiology at the U. of S., as well as Canadian and foreign students with degrees in microbiology and related disciplines. Typically, new students enter into a M.Sc. program and are transferred in their second year to a Ph.D. program, upon demonstrated performance in graduate coursework, satisfactory laboratory research progress, and the successful completion of a Ph.D. qualifying examination. 

Admission is restricted to students for which there is available funding. Funding is generally through scholarships, grant funds, and departmental teaching assistantships.